Recipients of the American Dream Grant meet Northwest's moderately selective admissions criteria and come from the neediest families based on their application for federal aid. Unlike other needs-based programs, the grant pays virtually all college expenses during a student's first year at the University, including tuition, room, board, books and the use of a laptop computer. Students make an annual contribution to help cover additional costs. The American Dream Grant is renewable for one year as a tuition-only scholarship.
All gifts qualify as tax deductions and are processed by the Northwest Foundation.
If a goal is not fulfilled, the funds will be deposited into the department's operating fund.