Financial Aid Services


Our Mission

It is the Financial Aid Services Office goal to provide friendly, prompt, accurate, and professional service to everyone we assist. We strive to provide timely processing of student records for awarding student financial aid packages, as well as honoring the confidentiality of our students.


How to Apply for Financial Aid

Students should apply for financial aid at least six weeks before the start of a semester, and are awarded on a first come first serve basis. To complete your application 2 steps are required:

1. Complete an Admissions Application 

Northwest University awards financial aid to students that have been approved for admission. To apply for admission, you must complete the Admission Application. You can either fill it out on-line, or download a copy and print it out, or call the Admissions Office at 1.800.669.3781 to request an application be mailed to you.

2. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The FAFSA is required by all schools that offer federal or state aid. To complete the FAFSA, visit The Northwest University FAFSA School Code is 003783 (Note: Your social security number is required to complete a FAFSA, – Higher Education Act of 1965.)

The Priority Deadline for Fall is February 15th, and Spring is November 15th.

UPDATE NOTICE:  In order to improve security & the customer experience, the Dept of Ed has implemented a new modernized login process called the FSA ID (consisting of a username & password) that has replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN.



Recently Sallie Mae Loans split into two separate companies. Navient is the name of the new company that your loan may have been taken over by.

If you are having problems accessing your loan or are unsure of where your loan request was sent, you can view that information here. 

If you were recently declined for a loan through Sallie Mae, you may also apply through Navient.

If you have any questions about any of the information listed above you can reach Sallie Mae at 800-472-5543 or Navient at 888-272-5543



At the beginning of every semester anticipated financial aid gets removed from your Student Account so that real aid can post.

If all your documents were completed and turned into the Financial Aid Office before the first day of class, you should see your actual financial aid post to your account, the week following your add/drop date.

If you have verification paperwork it must be properly completed 3-4 weeks before the semester start date.

If you did not complete your paperwork before these dates, please allow additional time for your aid to post, or contact the Financial Aid Office at, or 425.889.5210.

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Financial Aid or Student Accounts?

**Financial Aid can help with any questions regarding the status of, or your eligibility for loans, grants, scholarships, FAFSA and missing documents. Email the Financial Aid Office at

**Student Accounts can help with any questions regarding your balance, payments, cost of attendance, charges and tuition management. Email the Student Accounts Office at


Cost of Attendance

CLICK HERE to find a break-down of the cost of attendance at Northwest University.

Please note that the cost of attendance for programs other than our traditional undergraduate programs at Northwest University Kirkland may differ.

For costs at NU Salem, click here.

For costs at NU Sacramento, click here.

For costs for our College of Adult & Professional Studies, click here.

To research costs of attendance for our various Graduate Studies and other information, click here.

To inquire about costs of attendance for any program not listed above, please contact either an Adviser or an Enrollment Counselor to be directed to the appropriate resources.


Are you a Graduate Student?

CLICK HERE to look at some excellent featured Outside Scholarships that you may apply for!


You’ve Got Mail!

Remember to check your NU mailbox and NU Email. This is how the Financial Aid Office is able to correspond important information to you regarding both your financial aid and your student account.


Understanding your Offer of Financial Aid

Having trouble understanding what all the awards are you’ve been offered?  Wondering what all NU has to offer in terms of Financial Aid?  Click here to learn everything you ever needed to know about what Northwest University Financial Aid Services has to offer!