An award letter lists all institutional scholarships and federal and state aid offered to attend Northwest. You will need to:
Access your secure account on CatPAWS
Accept or decline loans and submit your electronic response
Report additional outside resources or scholarships
Complete Direct Loan MPN (Master Promissory Note) for first loan taken at: https://studentloans.gov (allow approximately 1 week after accepting loans on CatPAWS for MPN). A single MPN is used for all Direct Loans (Subsidized and Unsubsidized) while at Northwest.
If Perkins Loan was listed on your award letter and you accepted it, complete the Perkins Loan Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note at www.ecsi.net/prom4p (requires same FSA ID as used to complete the FAFSA)
To be eligible to receive federal, state, and private student aid, students must maintain satisfactory progress toward a degree or certificate. This is measured qualitatively by GPA and quantitatively by the percentage of hours successfully completed.
If you have special circumstances that affect your academic progress, you may petition a review of your situation. Complete the petition form and submit to Office of Student Financial Assistance. Petitions are renewed weekly and students will be notified by e-mail of the results.
The Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program is part of the student employment program established to help students finance their education and compliment their educational experience through work. The Federal Work-Study Program encourages the part-time employment of students who need the income to help pay their cost of education and encourages FWS recipients to participate in community service activities.
There are agencies outside the University (such as community service organizations and churches) that provide financial assistance to qualified students. Check with high school counselors and local organizations about the possibility of such funding.
It is the student's responsibility to contact donors regarding receipt of private scholarship checks. As a general rule, the Office of Scholarships & Financial Assistance does not bill for private scholarships.
Private scholarships do not credit to a specific installment but are applied to the entire trimesters' charges and the resulting balance is divided by the remaining installments.
Unless specific instructions indicating the method of disbursement are given, or information is given that a second check is coming, private scholarships will be applied to the term in which they are received.
If private scholarship recipients also are receiving federal financial assistance, any private scholarship dollars received could result in the adjustment (reduction) of some federal aid programs, such as work-study or the loan programs.
If you have any physical or emotional disability which could negatively affect your academic or vocational ability, you may be eligible for educational benefits. Contact your local vocational rehabilitation office for more information.