How to Apply for Aid – Adult Evening Undergraduate Program
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. The FAFSA must be renewed every school year. To complete your application 2 steps are required:
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.
The FAFSA is required by all schools that offer federal or state aid. To complete the FAFSA, visit www.fafsa.gov. 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.
After the Application Process – What’s Next?
If you are Selected for Verification:
You may see a note on your Award Letter, or on your Student Aid Report (SAR), saying you’ve been selected for a process called “verification”. Verification is used to confirm that the data reported on your FAFSA is accurate. During this process, we are required to review and verify a variety of information (e.g. tax/income information, child support paid/received, household information, etc.) in order to compare these figures to those reported on the FAFSA. Verification must be completed before aid can be disbursed to a student account.
If your FAFSA has been selected for verification, you will be required to submit additional information to the Financial Aid Office, before any aid can be finalized or disbursed. You will be contacted by the Financial Aid Office via email regarding the necessary documents needed to complete the verification process.
*** If IRS Tax Information is Requested ***
If we have requested an IRS Tax Return Transcript from you and/or your spouse/parent, you will need to either log back into your FAFSA and elect to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT), OR submit the IRS Tax Return Transcript(s). You can request the transcript using the IRS’s online Get Transcript service (electronically or by mail) or by visiting a local IRS Office with valid ID and Social Security Number, where they should be able to print a copy for you during your visit. (Be sure to request the IRS Tax Return Transcript, as we are not permitted to accept any other type of document.)
Submit your Award Letter:
New Students: Your Award Letter will be sent via PDF through your NU email. The Award Letter must be signed and returned to the Financial Aid Services Office within 30 days of receipt. (You will also want to keep a copy for your records.) Your signed letter may be returned by scan/secure email to firstname.lastname@example.org, via U.S. mail, or by secure FAX to 425.889.5224.
Continuing Students: Your Award Letter will be transmitted to you electronically, through the Self Service portal of the NU Eagle web page. You will be alerted by NU email that an Award Letter is ready for review and acceptance. Log-in required.
Submit any Missing Information:
Your Award Letter (both hard copy and electronic) will list any additional documents that our office will need from you before your financial aid can be disbursed onto your student account. Keep in mind that new requirements may appear based on information we receive that impacts your eligibility after an initial award offer is made. Turn in your paperwork ASAP so that our office can process your financial aid accurately and in a timely manner.
If you were awarded a Federal Direct Student Loan, and you accepted the loan(s), it is a requirement that you complete both the Online Entrance Counseling, and sign a Master Promissory Note (MPN), prior to us certifying/disbursing any loan funds.
Report Funds from Other Sources:
Aid received from outside sources may affect your aid eligibility. Additional aid sources may include:
- Outside Scholarships
- Employer Reimbursement Programs
- Veterans Education Benefits
- Private Alternative Loans.
If you’re expecting funds from these or other sources, let us know immediately to avoid any surprises if we have to recover funds already disbursed to you. Your award will be revised to reflect any changes.
Awards may Change; Know the Requirements:
Some awards are estimated…
- based on preliminary information from the funding source
- because your enrollment determines the actual amount, not to exceed the estimate
- based on awards you received during previous semesters
- based on prior enrollment at another institution during the same school year.
Your awards may be revised if we receive updated information that requires it. Federal regulations prohibit you from receiving more financial aid than your cost of attendance. Federal regulations further prohibit a student from receiving government aid at multiple institutions simultaneously.
Estimate any ‘Out-of-Pocket’ Costs:
Once you have been awarded financial aid, you can use this information to compare with your Cost of Attendance (COA) and to determine an estimate of your total costs. The Student Accounts Office handles your account and the charges accrued. Visit the Student Accounts website to access the Financial Estimate Calculator to plug in your values, or contact Student Accounts to receive an estimate for your bill.
Determine a Payment Plan:
If your financial aid does not cover all of your charges, you will need to work with Student Accounts to devise a payment plan. There are a few options for covering remaining balances including:
- Payment in Full
- Additional Loan Funding
- Monthly Payment Plan through Tuition Management Systems (TMS)
Receive Your Aid:
Students are reminded that there are loan origination fees deducted each semester, and can result in small, residual balances in one’s student account. Students are encouraged to review the student account balance after financial aid disbursement to be aware of and to pay these residual fees.
Your aid will first be applied to any outstanding balance owed on your NU student account. If all of your charges have been paid, and you owe the University no money, any remaining funds (if applicable) will most often be issued to you in the form of a refund check from the Cashier’s Office. If you would like the funds to remain on your student account to be applied toward future charges, please contact the Student Accounts Office.
In general, student financial aid is credited to individual student accounts in equal disbursements by term. The amount disbursed each term is indicated on your Award Letter. For example, a $1,500 annual loan may be allocated as: $500 for fall term, $500 for spring term, and $500 for summer term. Federal loans carry origination (setup) fees. To illustrate, if a 2% origination fee applies to the $500 loan amount cited above, a disbursement for a net amount of $490 will occur. Alternative loans (through private lenders) often do not carry origination fees. Check with the lender for details.
Awards are generally disbursed within 30 days from the start of the term, and after all the following have occurred: 1.) All requested documentation has been submitted and reviewed by the Financial Aid Services Office 2.) Federal verification has been completed (if applicable) 3.) Grades have been submitted from the previous term and Satisfactory Academic Progress has been verified 4.) The Add/Drop period for the term has concluded 5.) The Registrar’s Office has confirmed enrollment. These requirements are generally met by the end of the 2nd week of class (please note that this is from the date the student’s 1st class for the term began; rather than the 1st day the term began). Note: Disbursement dates will vary by semester.
Sometimes the FAFSA may not reflect the true financial situation in which your family finds itself – cases where your family has had a change of employment, additional medical expenses, or emergency situations, for example. We recognize that each situation is unique, so please communicate your circumstance to the Financial Aid Services Office.