Financial Aid

Students attending NWIC for the purpose of pursuing a program of study may be qualified for financial aid assistance through federal, state, or local programs. To be considered for financial aid, a student must have graduated from high school or the equivalent and be accepted with admissions. Students must apply for financial aid each year.

Federal and state regulations limit the amount of time a student can receive financial aid to attend school. Students who plan carefully with the assistance of an advisor have the best chance of graduating in a timely fashion and accomplishing their educational goals without running the risk of diminished financial aid.

The most current information about financial aid programs and student eligibility can be found in the Student Financial Aid Handbook which is available in the Financial Aid Office or the college’s website. Information is also available at

Application Process

Step 1: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. FAFSA information must be submitted each year to the US Department of Education where it is processed to determine financial eligibility. This application will establish eligibility for federal grants and work-study programs. Some state and local programs also use information provided by this application as well. Since some financial aid is offered on a first-come first-served basis, it is important to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible. Students can apply online at Even if a student does not qualify for federal student aid, the student still must complete a FAFSA to be considered for state and other financial aid programs.

In order to help alleviate the burden that loan debt places on students, NWIC has elected to not offer student loans.

Include NWIC school code on your FAFSA application: 021800.

Step 2: Students are notified by the Department of Education when their FAFSA has been processed. It is important to review this notification. If corrections are required, contact NWIC’s Financial Aid Office for assistance at or (360) 392-4206.

Step 3: Respond to all requests for information from NWIC’s Financial Aid office promptly and completely. The Department of Education will randomly select applications for verification information. Students may be required to provide copies of income tax returns, transcripts from prior colleges attended, and other documentation to determine eligibility.

NWIC’s financial aid staff is responsible for reviewing student eligibility for financial aid, awarding funds, and monitoring continued eligibility. We review applications and award aid in the order in which applications are completed. Some financial aid funds are limited, so applying early is important.