Directory
A-Z Index
 

COVID-19: Financial Aid & Billing

This web page addresses frequently asked questions related to financial assistance and billing.


Is Northwest offering additional scholarships or financial opportunities due to COVID-19?   (updated 10/11/21)

The University adjusted the GPA requirement for renewal of the admission-based merit scholarships by 0.5 GPA points. For example, as a one-time adjustment for fall 2021, a scholarship that normally requires a 3.5 cumulative Northwest GPA requires a 3.0 cumulative Northwest GPA for renewal entering the 2021-22 academic year.

The University has also committed to expanding eligibility for the American Dream Grant and has committed to allocating additional funds for need-based financial assistance. 

How did Northwest allocate the HEERF Institutional funds?  (updated 10/6/21)

Review the budget and expenditure reports required per HEERF CARES Act Section 18004(a)(1) Institutional funds portion by clicking the links below.

This information is intended to provide needed communication for students and families while meeting federal reporting requirements for the receipt and use of these funds.

What is the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)?   (updated 10/6/21)

As part of the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, HEERF provides funding for emergency grants to students whose lives have been disrupted and are facing financial challenges to meet their most basic needs. Additional HEERF funds were authorized through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) and the American Rescue Plan (ARP); these additional funds are referred to as HEERF II and HEERF III funds, respectively. 

Northwest signed and returned the required HEERF certification and agreement on April 28, 2020. The University used the required $2,396,395 of HEERF I funds and $2,396,395 of HEERF II funds to provide emergency financial aid grants to students. In addition, the University used $25,860 of institutional HEERF II funds to provide additional emergency grant payments to students. The University has used $126,000 of the allocated $6,861,615 HEERF III student emergency grant funds and intends to distribute the remaining amount during the fall 2021 and spring 2022 terms. 

This information is intended to provide needed communication for students and families while meeting federal reporting requirements for the receipt and use of these funds.

How did Northwest identify and provide HEERF emergency grants to eligible students?  (updated 10/6/21)

Northwest identified all HEERF-eligible students in May 2020 and offered payments to all 3,855 eligible students on May 8, 2020. The University provided each student with the opportunity to self-certify eligibility, and students were instructed to opt out if they did not or would not meet the conditions of the payment. After accounting for opt outs, the University provided $2,354,700 to 3,850 students through this initial effort. Additional emergency grant payments are being provided on an as-needed, case-by-case basis to qualifying students who request assistance from the Office of Scholarships and Financial Assistance.

As of Dec. 31, 2020, additional emergency grant funding of $22,300 had been provided to 81 students. In some cases, a student could have been eligible for an initial emergency grant payment in May 2020 and also receive an additional emergency grant payment prior to Dec. 31, 2020.

In January 2021, a remaining HEERF I amount of $17,095 was combined with available HEERF II funds, based on Federal guidance received and awarded to students.

In March 2021, Northwest identified all HEERF II-eligible students and offered payments to all 4,515 eligible students.  Payments totaling $2,422,255 were processed for 4,513 students. 

In August 2021, Northwest identified all HEERF III-eligible students who were Pell grant eligible and enrolled in the summer 2021 term, and offered payments to 504 students.  Payments totaling $126,000 were processed for 504 students.

This information is intended to provide needed communication for students and families while meeting federal reporting requirements for the receipt and use of these funds.

How did Northwest determine the HEERF award amount that could be offered to each student?  (updated 10/6/21)

Northwest initially used estimated living expense costs calculated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and published by the College Board to determine a reasonable amount of additional living expenses a student would incur from the campus disruption due to COVID-19.

In our effort to prioritize students with the greatest need, we determined a higher payment amount for our Pell Grant-eligible students was appropriate. All HEERF-eligible students were offered an initial emergency grant payment of $450 or $875.

An additional total of $6,800 was paid to 10 students during the summer 2020 term, with award amounts ranging from $450 to $1,500.

During the fall 2020 term, quarantined or isolated federal work employees and institutional student employees were encouraged to request additional HEERF I emergency grant funds, if needed. This effort resulted in 71 students receiving emergency grant payments, totaling $15,500, with award amounts ranging from $100 to $450.

During January 2021, a remaining HEERF I amount of $17,095 was combined with available HEERF II funds, based on federal guidance, and awarded to students. 

During March 2021, payments of $200, $450, or $1,000 were offered to students, with higher emergency grant s payments being processed for those with greater financial need. 

During August 2021, $250 payments were sent to 504 eligible students, using $126,000 of the HEERF III allocation.

In total, students have received $4,944,650 in HEERF I, HEERF II, and HEERF III emergency grant payments.

This information is intended to provide needed communication for students and families while meeting federal reporting requirements for the receipt and use of these funds.