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Welcome to Northwest Online. Here you will find direction to help make your online student experience successful. Keep reading for information on important dates, registering for classes, financial aid, making payments, textbook information, and contact information.

Important Upcoming Dates

Term Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Class Begins Class Ends
Fall 1 2022 8/10/2022 8/12/2022 8/17/2022 10/7/2022
Fall 2 2022 10/10/2022 10/12/2022 10/17/2022 12/9/2022
Spring 1 2023 1/4/2023 1/6/2023 1/11/2023 3/3/2023
Spring 2 2023 3/7/2023 3/8/2023 3/13/2023 4/28/2023
Summer 1 2023 5/2/2023 5/4/2023 5/9/2023 6/23/2023
Summer 2 2023 6/16/2023 6/21/2023 6/26/2023 8/11/2023

Refund Policy for Dropped Course

Refund/Reduction Day of Session
100% Day 2
75% Day 4
50% Day 6
25% Day 8

Online Professional Success Plan

Balancing life, learning, and livelihood!

Self-care

Organize

  • Stay organized. Managing family life and a job on top of school can be a challenge for the average adult student. The key to success is staying organized so you ensure you prioritize different tasks effectively and switch between them more efficiently. 
  • Create a schedule and manage your time wisely.  Keep a semester and a weekly calendar. On the first day of class, read the course syllabus and enter all due dates in your calendar, along with reminders for the due dates. 
  • Commit to studying or participating in your online class for at least three hours per week for every one credit hour the course is worth. According to experienced online learners, one of the most helpful tips for online learning is to be deliberate with your time. Prioritize your work. What due dates are coming up first? What information is the most important for you to learn? What assignments are worth the most points? Make a smart decision about how to best spend your time.

Communicate

  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Ask questions when you need help with understanding content. Take advantage of the opportunities to interact with instructors and classmates to enhance your learning. Be comfortable with seeking help by asking questions in discussions in an online class. Be sure to seek clarification or answers to questions you may have.
  • Familiarize yourself with technology used for classes.  Technology is your friend! While computers and digital resources may not have been as prevalent the last time you were in school, technology largely impacts the modern student. Being familiar with your computer and various learning apps can help adult learners with note-taking, brainstorming, researching, communication, studying and more. There are a wide variety of library resources available online today so make sure you know how to log-in to your Northwest’s network.
  • Revisit writing fundamentals. Regardless of what degree you plan on pursuing, college requires proper writing fundamentals. Everything from writing your college application to essays, dissertations, labs, notes, resumes or even emails to your professors requires knowing best writing practices. So by revisiting basic grammar rules now, you can save yourself frustration the first few weeks of school. Don’t be overwhelmed; you’ll be surprised how quickly you can brush up on your writing skills!

Professional Success Support Team

[Undergraduate] How to Register for My Courses

  • Schedule an appointment with your advisor and review Degree Audit to prepare for enrollment.
  • Log into CatPAWS using the following credentials: Northwest Network Account username and password. First time users will need to set up an initial password.
  • Select Student Tab: Registration: Add/Drop Classes: Select Term: Click Submit.
  • Enter your Enrollment PIN if prompted
  • Fill in the boxes with the CRN(s) necessary for your next selected course.  (CRNs can be found at nwmissouri.edu/schedule and select appropriate term and department.)
    • Although the parameters are optional, your search will be more effective using the following parameters: Course Level = Undergraduate Level, Part of Term = Online Professional Block 1 or Online Professional Block 2, Attribute Type =Online Professional Only
  • Click Submit Changes to view course schedule.

*Students stepping out for a semester (spring or fall) or more must reapply. For more information, read Re-Admission.

For information on the Supersede Policy, view Academic Policies.

[Graduate] How to Register for My Courses


  • Log into CatPAWS using the following credentials: Northwest Network Account username and password. First time users will need to set up an initial password.
  • Select Student Tab: Registration: Add/Drop Classes: Select Term: Click Submit.
  • Fill in the boxes with the CRN(s) necessary for your next selected course.
  • CRNs can be found at nwmissouri.edu/schedule and select appropriate term and department.
  • Although the parameters are optional, your search will be more effective using the following parameters: Course Level = Graduate Level, Part of Term = Online Professional Block 1 or Online Professional Block 2, Attribute Type =Online Professional Only
  • Click Submit Changes to view course schedule.

*Students stepping out for a semester (spring or fall) or more must submit a Returning Graduate Application. Choose application type "03.Graduate-Retuning/Former".

Textbooks and Materials

After successfully registering for classes, you can check the Online Professional Textbook Finder to determine which books you will be required to use. Remember to buy any materials you need as soon as possible to avoid inconveniences and delays. There are many vendors from which to choose.

Online Professional Textbook Finder

Financial Aid

  • Undergraduate Students: Depending upon your entry point in the program, you may only have certain classes available to you as a first time student. Because of this, it is important to note that to receive Federal Financial Aid assistance you must be registered at least as a half-time student, enrolled in 6 hours each semester. (Please discuss any additional concerns with your advisor and/or the financial aid office.)
  • Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. Federal Student Aid is responsible for managing the student financial assistance programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. These programs provide our graduate students attending college or career school with the opportunity to use Federal student loan funds to help pay their educational costs.
  • If you have not already done so, please visit https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa and submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This will allow us to determine how much student aid you are eligible for and will help you pay for any education- related expenses. (Note: To see if you qualify and to request further information, you can visit: https://studentaid.gov/apply-for-aid/fafsa/filling-out/help)
  • Items required: Internet-enabled device, a copy of your and/or your parents' (if applicable) income tax return from the previous year, relevant W2 forms, a Social Security number, and Northwest Missouri State's Federal School Code (002496). For additional requirements, visit: https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa
  • For greater assistance, please visit Northwest's Office of Scholarships and Financial Assistance. Here, you can find resources and more information on how you can apply for financial aid, academic requirements, loan processes, etc.
  • If you have already applied for financial aid, please check your student email periodically for any updates that may be sent to you regarding the status of your aid.
  • Important Notice: Be aware that registering for classes incurs a financial obligation. Payment is due for all online classes prior to the first day of class. Please plan accordingly, as disbursement of financial aid may follow your payment due date.

How to Make My Payment

It is important to note that students who do not have authorized financial aid are required to pay tuition in full before classes start. To determine the payment due, please visit the Payment Center.

View tuition rates, important financial dates and refund policy »


Making Payments on CatPAWS

  1. Go to Pay Your Bill
  2. Use your Northwest Network Account username (without @nwmissouri.edu) and password
  3. Select Make a Payment to process your transaction
    • Payment methods include electronic check, debit or credit with a 2.75% convenience fee.
    • We recommend you save your payment method for future use.

Career Refresh

Follow these Steps for a Career Refresh

  • Resume Refresh

    • Select an effective resume format
    • Focus on skills you’ve gained and create strong bullet points
    • Add contact information
    • Create a strong bulleted summary
    • Tailor your resume to the job description
    • Tell a clear picture of your career path
    • Include an education section
  • E-mail career@nwmissouri.edu your resume and cover letter to have them review

  • Reach out to a professional in your field of interest.

  • Create or Update Your LinkedIn Profile View PDF

    • Choose the right profile picture with your face taking up 60% of the photo and add a background photo to engage viewers
    • Create a headline that is more than a job title
    • Make your summary YOUR story
  • Track Job Applications

    • Stay organized with each job applied for during your search
    • Use Excel, Word, or a job search management application

Job Tracking Spreadsheet example

  • Practice Interviewing

    • Make sure you have a story toolbox! Use this tool to help you or reach out to Career Services
    • Create a toolbox of personal and professional stories to use for answers to interview questions
  • Reach Out

    • Contact the Career Services Office at Northwest Missouri State University via e-mail, phone, or web site for assistance with resume and cover letter review or just if you have questions

Contact Information

Undergraduate Students
Online Transfer Academic Advisor
nwonline@nwmissouri.edu

Graduate Students
Graduate Record Specialist
onlinegd@nwmissouri.edu

Contact

Northwest Online
660.562.1532
nwonline@nwmissouri.edu

Hours

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.