Types of Aid
Students and their parents can apply for separate federal loans to help pay for the cost of the student’s college. To maintain loan eligibility, students must show satisfactory academic progress (minimum credit-hour enrollment and grade point average).
For those who wish to pursue loans, the Financial Aid Office reminds students/parents about their repayment responsibilities regarding their student/parent loan debt. Please be cognizant of your loan balances, recognize the requirements and responsibilities surrounding loan debt, and make quality decisions regarding your debt burden. Routinely check with your lenders to ensure you remain in good standing. Remember, you can always access your federal loan information through the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS): nslds.ed.gov. For repayment plan options and other information, contact your Loan Servicer (available at NSLDS) or visit studentaid.ed.gov.
Federal Student Loans
Federally-administered student loans are called Direct Stafford Loans. When you apply for one of these loans, you enter into a contract with the federal government. You will not receive money if you do not complete each step.
NOTE: As of July 1, 2013, subsidized student loans have a maximum eligibility period. For more information see the Subsidized Direct Loans & Maximum Eligibility Period information on our Financial Aid Policies page.
- Complete the FAFSA.
- Complete the Entrance Counseling process. This educates you about your loan rights, responsibilities and repayment obligations. Look for the Entrance Counseling option after you sign in.
- Complete Master Promissory Note. Be sure to apply for the Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan. Do not apply for a Graduate Loan.
- Fill out the Federal Direct Stafford Loan Request Form and deliver it to the Financial Aid Office at Northwest College, 231 W 6th St., Powell, WY 82435
- Sign your Award Letter and return it to the Financial Aid Office. You’ll receive the letter in the mail, or you can access it on MyNWC.
You will be responsible for these steps later:
- Resubmit the Federal Direct Stafford Loan Request Form if you return to school a second year
- Complete the Exit Counseling process when you leave Northwest.
Federal Parent Loans
Parents can apply for Direct PLUS Loans from the federal government. Repayment begins after the second loan disbursement (usually the beginning of the second semester of classes). When you apply for one of these loans, you enter into a contract with the federal government. Your student will not receive money if you do not complete each step.
- Complete the FAFSA.
- Complete the Parent Plus Promissory Note. Select the Parent PLUS Promissory Note. Do not apply for a Graduate PLUS loan.
- Fill out the Federal Direct PLUS Loan Request Form and send it to the Financial Aid Office at Northwest College, 231 W 6th St., Powell, WY 82435
If your student returns to Northwest for a second year, you will need to resubmit the Federal Direct PLUS Loan Request Form.
Wyoming Investment In Nursing Loans (WYIN)
Nursing students may be able to apply for the Wyoming Investment in Nursing (WYIN) loan.