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Northwest Indian College administers a broad range of financial aid, scholarships, and work-study programs for students who can demonstrate financial need. The intent of the Financial Aid Program is to assist those students who could not otherwise afford the cost of an education. Currently, the college can assist eligible students with Federal Student Aid, Washington State Aid, and institutional scholarships. Please see the links below for additional information. Please keep in mind that Northwest Indian College does not participate in any student loan programs.

Download Financial Aid Handbook

NWIC Student Financial Aid Handbook 2021-2022.

Frequently Asked Questions

All eligible applicants whose FAFSA application files are complete* by the PRIORITY DEADLINE will be given priority consideration. Applications received after priority dates will be considered on a funds-available basis.

NWIC PRIORITY DEADLINES*

NWIC QuartersDeadline Date
Summer QuarterMay 1
Fall QuarterJune 15
Winter QuarterOctober 15
Spring QuarterFebruary 1

All eligible applicants whose FAFSA application files are complete* by the PRIORITY DEADLINE will be given priority consideration. Applications received after priority dates will be considered on a funds-available basis.

Cost of Attendance/Budget

Cost of Attendance/Budget

A student budget is an estimate of student need during a nine-month school year, based on a student survey and budgets at similar schools. Several basic budgets are used, based on whether you are living with your parents or living on your own. Each budget is designed to provide a modest but adequate lifestyle. The full-time budgets below are based on state norms will be used by NWIC during the 2020-2021 academic year. Resident/Non-Resident tuition rates are defined in the catalog and can be found in the Tuition section of the Admissions webpage. To estimate your costs, please see the Net Price Calculator.

Student budgets are pro-rated for students attending less than full time (12 credits per) quarter. Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Students are not able to receive need-based grants and scholarships in excess of their budget. If a budget adjustment is needed, please complete a Budget Modification Request available on JICS under Financial Aid.

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Student Scholarship Information

Scholarship Information 

Northwest Indian College and the NWIC Foundation offer a variety of scholarships to assist students. New information about upcoming scholarships is sent to student email accounts, so be sure to check yours regularly!

Scholarship Resources
Review scholarships opportunities and/or download applications for eligible students who fit specific criteria as detailed below in these links.

Veterans Benefits Information

Veterans Administration (VA) Information 

Northwest Indian College offers degree programs approved by the Washington State Approving Agency for enrolling eligible students under the Veterans Administration (VA) Education Benefit programs. Eligible veterans or dependents that plan to apply should visit www.gibill.va.gov to begin the process. New students should contact the certifying official as early as possible before enrolling. A certified copy of a registered original or copy #4 of the form DD-214 is required for application. Other requirements may apply depending on the Chapter of benefits under which the student is eligible.

Certification for VA benefits will occur upon acceptance to a VA approved degree or certificate program and when all pertinent documents are on file. A student can only be certified for courses applicable to the degree program. VA benefit recipients are required to maintain adequate progress and to report any change in degree program, credit load or marital or family status if applicable.

Monthly progress reports by telephone to the VA are the responsibility of the student. Failure to comply with VA regulations may result in termination from the VA educational benefit program or repayment of benefits.

Veterans Administration
Government Website

Accounts Receivable (AR) Hold Assistance

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Limited Time Only: Accounts Receivable Hold Assistance

Accounts Receivable (AR) Hold Assistance

Northwest Indian College offers assistance for students with past debt that prevents them for registering for classes. Below is a list of options of assistance. A student may only utilize ONE of these options ONE TIME. (This requirement is waived for the 2021-2022 academic year). Please be sure to read all requirements on the applications.

The primary goal of the AR Assistance is to encourage former students to complete their college degree at NWIC by waiving the AR Hold or paying down the past due debt and allowing them to register for classes.

If you are interested in participating in this opportunity, please complete and submit either the AR Hold Scholarship application to the Financial Aid Office in person or at the following email address: FinancialAid@nwic.edu.

If you or someone you know are interested in returning to NWIC to complete your college education but have been hindered due to an AR Hold, then we encourage you take advantage of this unique opportunity today! For additional questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

What is an Accounts Receivable (AR) Hold?

Your current balance exceeds $500, and you will not be able to register until your balance is below this amount. Common reasons this happens include not having submitted a copy of your tribal ID or CDIB information when you submitted your application, or not completing verification for financial aid.

Student Life

NWIC students are encouraged to engage and integrate into the life of the institution. Students are offered opportunities to participate in enrichment activities through Student Affairs, student government, and residence life.

Financial Aid

Northwest Indian College administers a broad range of financial aid, scholarships, and work-study programs for students who can demonstrate financial need.

NWIC Extended Campus Locations

Northwest Indian College‘s main campus is located at the Lummi Nation. The College also has six full service extended campus sites located at Muckleshoot, Nez Perce, Nisqually, Port Gamble S’Klallam, Swinomish, and Tulalip. Please use the location links to view details for each extended campus site.

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