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Consumer Information

Northwestern College is committed to help consumers make more informed decisions about their education options, which the U.S. Department of Education has set forth disclosure guidelines. We have assembled this information here in one easy-to-find location to make it simple for you. As always, please stop in or call the college if you have any questions about the information provided.

The Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), includes many disclosure and reporting requirements. A disclosure requirement is information that a postsecondary education institution is required to distribute or make available to another party, such as students or employees. A reporting requirement is information submitted to the U.S. Department of Education or other agencies. Disclosure and reporting requirements sometimes overlap. For certain topics, institutions are required to make information available to students or others and to submit information to the U.S. Department of Education.

Northwestern College is committed to the principle of promoting access to information that will allow consumers such as students, parents, counselors, and legislators to make informed decisions about postsecondary education. The NC Student Hub and NC website provide a single access point to all federally mandated reports and disclosures.

General Student Disclosures

Campus Security Report and Policy

Northwestern College believes that individuals have the right to work, study, and learn in a safe and secure campus setting. The college, along with its students and employees, share the responsibility of maintaining this atmosphere by taking reasonable precautions, being vigilant, and using a common sense approach to personal safety.

Reporting Crimes and Emergencies.

It is each person’s responsibility to report any incident of observed or suspected criminal activity by calling 911 and/or informing college personnel. The college will then determine what actions are necessary. These can include disciplinary action, informing law enforcement agencies, contacting emergency services, notification of the campus community, or other public safety response.

Security of Campus Facilities.

The college’s buildings and grounds are monitored by off-duty police officers or security personnel. These officers are on duty at the college during times while classes are offered and students are on campus. All security personnel are available if needed in the event of an emergency.

Access to Campus Facilities.

Building access is limited to students wearing a Northwestern College ID, college employees, and authorized visitors. Students who forget their ID must obtain a temporary one. Students are not permitted in buildings or classrooms unless a college employee is present. All visitors must register at the front desk. Solicitors are not permitted at any time.

Law Enforcement.

The college’s security staff, to whom reports are to be made, do not have the authority to arrest individuals. Their responsibility and authority is limited to enforcing college policies, regulations, and rules; providing assistance to the person making a report; and contacting law enforcement or emergency agencies whenever appropriate.

Drug and Alcohol Policy.

Northwestern College has a strong but fair drug and alcohol awareness policy. In addition to the policy, this page provides links to the drug and alcohol statutes for Illinois, and referral links to rehabilitation facilities in the Chicago metro area.

Public Safety.

The Illinois State Police compiles sex offender information. The State Police maintain a website where you can search the sex offender database. To learn the identity of registered sex offenders on or near campus, or anywhere in Illinois, visit It allows you to search by city, county, or zip code.

The Chicago campus is located in Cook County, Illinois 60630 and the Bridgeview campus is located in Cook County, Illinois 60455.

Sexual Assault Policy.

Refer to the College Catalog.

Educational Programs.

The college offers a variety of educational programs throughout the year. Topics include use and abuse of alcohol and drugs, personal safety, sexual assault, and other health issues. Topical brochures and pamphlets are also available. For scheduled times and other information, contact Student Services or the Office of Counselling and Disability Services.

Campus Crime and Security

Northwestern College is in compliance with Title IV requirements regarding reporting and disclosing crime statistics. Jeanne Clery Campus Security Report and Policy provides campus crime statistics for the last three years which are available on the college website for potential students as well the NC Hub for current students and employees. The college is required to report statistics pertaining to the occurrence of crime on its campuses on an annual basis. To comply with this act, Northwestern College uses information from local law enforcement agencies and NC incident reports. NC sends an email notifying students where to find this information each fall before the first of October.

Student right-to-Know and Campus Security (Clery Act)

The following statistics represent criminal offenses occurring on campus which were reported to the authorities during the past three calendar years.

Northwestern College Annual Campus Crime Statistics

Reported in accordance with Uniform Crime Reporting procedures and the Jeanne Clery


 Public Property (Adjacent to Campuses)


Northwestern College uses ConnectEd for emergency notifications to students, faculty, and staff. This system allows for the college to notify individuals as well as send mass messaging to groups in cases of emergency or to relay important information. In the case of emergencies such as a school closing, Northwestern College will notify you by email, phone message, college website, and various news media outlets. The communication type used is based on the requirements of the message to be delivered.

Several members of campus and college administration have access to send messages to groups and the content of the information will be based on the particular situation.

Northwestern College relies on its Emergency and Crisis Response Plan to determine evacuation methods for each location. The evacuation plan is tested annually either through unannounced or announced drills.


Copyright Infringement Policy

Academic Integrity

Northwestern College is committed to upholding high standards of academic integrity and honesty. All students are expected to respect and adhere to these standards, and any incident of academic misconduct is viewed by the NC community as a serious offense. Any attempt by a student to present work as their own when it is not is regarded as academic misconduct. This encompasses all written and computer-based work that may include, but is not strictly limited to, homework, classroom assignments, compositions, essays, tests, and quizzes. Copying another
student’s work or assisting another student in copying or cheating is academically dishonest and considered misconduct. Plagiarism is considered an act of academic misconduct. Material copied from books, encyclopedias, magazines, the Internet, or other sources that are not the student’s original work must be properly documented.

Student Advisory

Students are advised that Northwestern College’s computer network is monitored and all network activity can be observed and traced by school officials. The network employs software for the purpose of detecting and preventing the illegal downloading of media files (music, videos, etc.).

Transfer of Credit Policy

To Other Colleges:

Northwestern College’s programs are career-oriented and most students seek employment after graduation. Students who wish to continue their education should confer with the Office of Career Development and Alumni Relations and/or the Advising Center. Because each college determines which credits it will and will not accept, no guarantee of transfer of credit is made by Northwestern College.

To Northwestern College from U.S. Colleges:

Northwestern College may, at its sole discretion, accept credit for classes taken at an accredited college or university if the grade earned is C or higher, the class is college-level and credit-bearing and equivalent to a course taught at Northwestern College in the student’s program. Unless permission is received in advance from the chief academic officer or designee, a student may not transfer credits after he/she begins classes at Northwestern College. Please note: Some programs have additional requirements which are described in the Programs section of the Northwestern College catalog.

To Northwestern College from Foreign Colleges:

College credit earned in foreign countries may be considered for transfer after a student has successfully completed 12 credit hours or more at Northwestern College with at least a 2.0 GPA. If the transcript is not in English, it is the student’s obligation to have an official translation and evaluation performed by an education credential evaluator. This evaluation must be performed by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. For approved evaluation agencies, please contact the International Student Advisor at the Bridgeview campus.

Articulation Agreements:

Northwestern College maintains articulation agreements with several institutions of higher education including:

  • Computer Systems Institute
  • DeVry
  • Excelsior College
  • National Louis University
  • Trinity Christian College

Withdrawals and Refunds

Official Withdrawal:

Students who wish to withdraw officially from the college should contact academic advising or the Director of Student Services and complete the College’s official withdrawal form. All withdrawal notifications must be in writing.


Fees are not refundable.

Books and Supplies:

Receipts must accompany all returns for a refund. Not all items are eligible for a refund. See the bookstore for details.

Administrative Withdrawals:

When a student is dismissed during an academic term, both the official date of withdrawal and the official date of determination shall be the date the student was dismissed/administratively withdrawn for any reason, whichever is the earliest.

Tuition Refund Schedule:

The tuition refund will be calculated according to the student’s withdrawal date and the tuition refund schedule.

Courses of 10-12 Weeks:

  • 100% refund for withdrawal days 1-7 of the quarter
  • 50% refund for withdrawal days 8-14 of the quarter
  • 0% refund for withdrawal after day 14 of the quarter

Return of Title IV Funds:

When a student withdraws or ceases participating during a payment period or period of enrollment, federal law mandates specific procedures for the calculation of Title IV funds. Title IV fund return calculations are based on the date the student withdrew or ceased attending. Any unearned Title IV funds must be returned to the appropriate lender (or provider). When a student withdraws, the college calculates how much of the Title IV grants and loans the student has earned for the payment period or period of enrollment as of the date of withdrawal.

Calculation Information:

A pro-rata schedule is used to determine the amount of Title IV funds the student has earned at the time of withdrawal. After the 60 percent point in the payment period or period enrollment, a student will have earned 100 percent of the Title IV funds they were eligible to receive.

The percentage of the payment period or period of enrollment completed is the total number of calendar days in the payment period or period of enrollment for which the assistance is awarded divided into the number of calendar days completed in that period as of the date of withdrawal.

If, based on the calculation, the student has earned less than the amount of Title IV funds disbursed, the unearned funds must be returned. The college must return the lesser of:

  • the amount of Title IV funds that the student has not earned, or
  • the amount of institutional charges that the student incurred for the payment period
    or the period of enrollment multiplied by the percentage of Title IV funds that was not earned

The student (or parent, in the case of a PLUS loan) must return or repay, as appropriate:

  • any Title IV loan funds in accordance with the terms of the loan
  • the remaining unearned Title IV grant funds (not to exceed 50 percent of the grant owed) as an overpayment of the grant

Returns are calculated according to applicable federal laws. All returned funds will be issued by the accounting department after the college has determined that the student has withdrawn and applicable return calculations have been verified.

Financial Aid Programs Refund Sequence:

Unearned funds returned by the college or the student must be credited to outstanding balances on Title IV loans made to the student or on behalf of the student for the payment period or period of enrollment for which a return of funds is required. Those funds must be credited to outstanding balances for the payment period or period of enrollment for which the return of funds is required in the following order:

  1. Unsubsidized FFEL/Direct Stafford loans
  2. Subsidized FFEL/Direct Stafford loans
  3. Federal Perkins loans
  4. FFEL/Direct PLUS loans received on behalf of the student

If unearned funds remain to be returned after repayment of all outstanding loan amounts, the remaining excess must be credited to any amount awarded for the payment period or period of enrollment for which a return of funds is required in the following order:

  1. Federal Pell grants
  2. Federal SEOG program aid
  3. Other grant or loan assistance authorized by Title IV of the Higher Education Act

Refund Disbursement:

Refunds are calculated from the date of withdrawal from the college. All refunds will be issued within 30 days after the college has determined that the student has withdrawn.

Post-Withdrawal Disbursement Process

Once a Post-withdrawal loan disbursement has been identified, Northwestern College notifies the student with a letter of their loan eligibility. The student has 30 days from the date of the letter to request the loan. Should the student not respond within 30 days from the date of the letter, Northwestern College will cancel the disbursement and reduce the total amount of the loan. Post-withdrawal grants are disbursed to cover direct costs. The student will receive notification of the grant disbursement

Americans with Disabilities Act

Services for Students with Disabilities

Northwestern College is committed to integrating students with disabilities as fully as possible into all aspects of college life. It is the College’s goal to help ensure equal opportunity for self-identified students with documented disabilities. Each student is encouraged to act as his or her own advocate by taking responsibility for securing services and accommodations through the Office of Counseling and Disability Services. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 with its amendments prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities by mandating provision of reasonable accommodations to make programs and activities accessible to qualified individuals with disabilities.

Although the Office of Counseling and Disability Services is able to respond to most requests, there are natural and legal limitations to what services can be provided. It is the College’s goal to assist students in developing their potential in light of what is feasible and reasonable under the law. All or some of the following services may be available on an individual basis to on-site students depending on the specific documented disability. Some of these accommodations may not be available for students taking only online classes:

  • Academic accommodations
  • Accessibility information
  • Advocacy
  • Audiobooks
  • Classroom accommodations
  • Note takers
  • Referral services
  • Scribes
  • Sign language interpreters
  • Test taking accommodations
  • Tutors

The documentation requested by and submitted to the OCDS will provide the basis for granting the appropriate services/accommodations. This office provides assistance and accommodations for students with documented special needs. These may include:

  • Alcohol and substance abuse recovery
  • Emotional/psychological disabilities
  • Hearing disabilities
  • Learning disabilities
  • Physical/mobility disabilities
  • Specific chronic health conditions
  • Visual disabilities

For further information regarding services for students with disabilities, please contact the OCDS at the NC campus that you are interested in attending. The office phone numbers are listed below (Students taking only online classes should contact the Bridgeview counselor):

Bridgeview Campus and NC Online: 708-237-5030

Chicago Campus: 773-481-3170

Voter Registration Information

Northwestern College encourages students to be active participants in the American political system as part of being responsible members of their community.

This link will connect you to voter registration information from the Illinois State Board of Elections. Each year the college celebrates “Constitution Day” on or during the week of September 17.

Student Complaint Process

Federal Program Integrity rules issued by the U.S. Department of Education require institutions to provide students or prospective students with contact information needed to file a complaint with its accrediting agency and with relevant state agencies. This list includes contact information for resident states of current and potential Northwestern College students. It should not be interpreted as a list of what agencies regulate Northwestern College or in what states the institution is licensed or required to be licensed. That information, along with contact information for our accreditor(s), can be found in the College Catalog.

Drug and Alcohol Policy

Anti-Drug Abuse Policy at Northwestern College

Northwestern College operates under the United States Department of Education’s drug prevention program and the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988.

Drug and Alcohol Policy

Consistent with its mission as an institution of higher education, NC is committed to educating students, faculty, and staff on the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse, and to maintaining an environment in which such abuse is prohibited. All students should be aware that substance abuse causes serious health risks: altered mood, altered behavior, sleep disorders, distorted sense, addiction, communication of infectious diseases, altered breathing and heart rate, unconsciousness leading to coma, and permanent damage to the liver, heart, and central nervous system leading to death.

While on campus or at any college-sponsored event, faculty, staff, and students may not possess, use, deliver, sell, or distribute any illegal controlled substance. Further, faculty, staff, and students may not possess or consume alcoholic beverages on college property or at college-sponsored events, nor be present on college property or at college-sponsored events while under the influence of alcohol or illegal substances.

Those who violate this policy will be subject to college disciplinary action as well as the sanctions imposed by local, state, and federal laws. Students should be aware that substance abuse carries legal consequences which may include imprisonment, fines, and/or loss of property.

Resources/Web Links:

Illinois Controlled Substances Statute

Links to Information about Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Abuse, and Recovery:

National Institutes of Health – Facts About Addiction

National Institutes of Health – The Drugs of Addiction

Illinois Department of Public Health

HEOA Peer to Peer File Sharing and Legal Download Sources


The Higher Education Opportunities Act (HEOA) of 2008 requires Northwestern College to implement a plan to “effectively combat the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material by users of the institution’s network, without unduly interfering with educational and research use of the network.”

To that end, the college will:

  • Provide an annual disclosure to students describing copyright law and campus policies related to violating copyright law.
  • Create a plan to “effectively combat” copyright abuse on the campus network using “one or more technology-based deterrents”.
  • Promote “alternatives to illegal downloading”.

Technology-Based Deterrents

The college will use appropriate technology-based deterrents to reduce and/or eliminate the practice of illegally sharing copyrighted material.

  • The college deploys firewalls and filtering technology to monitor and control access to its network-accessible computing resources.
  • The college will actively investigate any reports of illegal file sharing activities on its network, and will take appropriate action as defined in the College Catalog and Employee Handbook.
  • The college continues to research additional technology alternatives that are capable of detecting and blocking file sharing applications.

In addition, students are bound by existing college policies that specifically prohibit the use of copyrighted material without the permission of the copyright holder.

Alternative Online Sources for Copyrighted Materials

There are many ways to legally obtain and enjoy music and other types of media, which do not violate the rights of copyright holders. Sharing music without respecting the rights of copyright holders can lead to DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) notices and possible lawsuits. Members of the NC community are encouraged to take advantage of legitimate sources of digital content. A directory of sources for obtaining digital content can be accessed on this web page.

Annual Disclosure

All students are required to adhere to the Student Responsibilities, Policies, and Procedures as contained within the Northwestern College College Catalog. These Responsibilities, Policies, and Procedures contain the Peer-to-Peer File Sharing statement. The current College Catalog can be accessed online.

Each fall, the college will send an email to all students regarding illegal distribution of copyrighted materials.

Reviewing Effectiveness

Beginning in 2011-12 and periodically thereafter, the college will survey students to assess the extent to which our anti-piracy messages are reaching them, the extent to which students are taking advantage of legal alternatives, and other aspects of our plans to combat the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials.

Protecting Personal Information (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA)

FERPA provides current and former students with the right to inspect and review educational records, the right to seek to amend those records, the right to limit disclosure of information from the records, and the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education. Students may also waive their rights to inspect confidential letters or statements of recommendation.

FERPA and Information Security at Northwestern College

Northwestern College carefully protects all personal information in our possession regarding students and their families. The school employs office procedures and password-protected computer systems to ensure the security of paper and electronic records. The school does not disclose its security procedures to students or the general public to protect the effectiveness of those procedures. Access to social security numbers is strictly limited to School Officials (see definition below) with a need-to-know, as determined by the Registrar.

School Official

In accordance with FERPA, the student’s consent is not required when a School Official has a legitimate educational interest in the student’s educational record; that is, if the official needs to review this information in order to fulfill his/her professional responsibility. However, this does not constitute authorization to share that information with a third party without the student’s written consent.

A “School Official” is a person employed by the school in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support staff position; a person or company with whom the school has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or accrediting agency); a person serving on the Board of Directors; or a student serving in an official position/capacity or assisting a school official in performing his/her tasks.

Financial Aid Information:

Certain information necessary for the processing of federal financial aid programs may be disclosed to parents of dependent students. In order for a person to be considered a “parent” for this purpose, the individual must be listed as such on the student’s FAFSA application.

Directory Information:

School Officials may not disclose personally identifiable information about a student nor permit inspection of student records without the student’s written permission, unless such action is covered by certain exceptions permitted by FERPA. Under the provisions of the Act, a school may disclose information about a student if it has designated that the information is “Directory Information”. Northwestern College has designated the following as Directory Information:

  • student’s name, address, and telephone number
  • date and place of birth
  • major field of study
  • participation in officially recognized activities and sports
  • dates of attendance
  • most recent previous educational institution attended
  • grade level or enrollment status (e.g., full-time or part-time)
  • degrees, honors, and awards received
  • date of graduation
  • photographs (including candid photos/videos taken on school premises or at school events)
  • email address

Students’ Rights Under FERPA

Right to Review Educational Records:

FERPA affords students certain rights with respect to their educational records. Students have the right to review their educational records within 45 days of the day the school receives a written request for access. Students requesting a review should submit to the Registrar a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The Registrar will notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained in the office of the Registrar, the student will be advised of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.

Right to Request an Amendment:

Students have the right to request an amendment to educational records that are believed to be inaccurate. Students requesting a change must write the college official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate. If the college decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the college will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.

Right to Consent to Disclosures:

Students have the right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s educational records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. Disclosure without consent is permitted to law enforcement agencies or emergency services agencies in the performance of their duties or when student safety may be in jeopardy.

Right to File Complaint:

Students have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Northwestern College to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is: Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202.

Student Right to Know Act Disclosures

The College is in compliance with Title IV requirements regarding reporting graduation rates, diversity and retention. This information is also available via the NC Student Hub. The following link provides this information; the link will bring you to College Navigator provided by the National Center for Education Statistics.

Bridgeview Campus and NC Online

Chicago Campus

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

Academic Standards for All Students

All NC students must maintain satisfactory progress toward completion of their academic program. Northwestern College is a year-round institution of higher learning with 4 quarters of consecutive enrollment. Students who fail to meet the academic progress standards (below) are subject to both academic penalties and the potential loss of eligibility for federal and Illinois student financial aid.

Qualitative Requirement

Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA):
Students must maintain a specified minimum cumulative grade point average within their program as listed in the Satisfactory Progress Table. College-level credits (non-remedial) carrying grades A, B, C, D, F, WF, CF, or U are considered in the CGPA calculation. Grades of P, I or W, transfer credits or credits earned by examination or proof of proficiency do not affect the CGPA. Cumulative grade point averages will be recalculated when an “incomplete” (I) grade is updated. If a class is repeated, only the higher grade will be calculated in the GPA.

For NC Online Only

The CGPA will not include remedial Courses. Since courses are not included in CGPA calculation, the “grade point value” and “credit hours” are zero. Remedial courses include, but not limited to, ENGL.090, ENGL.091, ENGL.095, MATH.090, MATH.091, MATH.095, OFTC.090, and OFTC.091

REPEATED COURSE (R) Forgiveness Policy

Students who earn a D or F in a course have the opportunity to void the effects of the grade in their cumulative GPA by repeating the course and earning a higher grade. The grade received on the last attempt becomes the final grade and will replace all other grades for that course in calculation of the cumulative GPA. All previous attempts will continue to appear on the transcript, but the grades will be “forgiven” and designated on the transcript as “R” for repeated. Students should be aware that repeating a course may result in additional charges.

Quantitative Requirement

Completion Rate: Students must maintain a specified percentage of credit hours completed as listed in the Satisfactory Progress Table. College-level (non-remedial) credits for courses taken at NC or accepted as transfer credit by NC are considered “attempted credits” regardless of the grade received. This includes courses for which grades of A, B, C, D, F, W, WF, CF, U, P, and I are received. “Completed credits” include all “attempted credits” for which credit has been earned. This includes courses for which grades of A, B, C, D, or P have been earned. Completion rates will be recalculated when an “incomplete” (I) grade is updated.

Maximum Time Frame: Students must complete their academic program within one and one-half times the standard program length as measured in credit hours. All “attempted credits” (see definition on previous page) are included in the maximum timeframe calculation. This includes courses for which grades of A, B, C, D, F, W, WF, CF, U, P, and I are received. The maximum timeframe for students with double majors shall be adjusted proportionately to the total credits required for the completion of both programs.

Transfer Credits, Credit by Examination, etc.

Credits accepted for transfer by NC, earned by examination, AP, CLEP, or other similar credits are considered both “attempted” and “completed”, but do not affect the CGPA calculation.

Standards and Procedures

Satisfactory progress is reviewed at the end of each quarter in which a student attends, regardless of whether financial aid was received for that quarter. Each student’s status is determined during that review, and a status is assigned for the next quarter in which a student enrolls. Students whose academic performance is consistent with all academic standards are deemed to be in “good academic standing”. Only college-level credits (non-remedial) will be included in calculating minimum CGPA and completion rates for satisfactory progress.Changes in major do not affect student’s SAP status. Satisfactory Academic Progress is monitored by the Academic Office.

Warning Status

Students who are in good academic standing during a Quarter and subsequently fail to meet the minimum CGPA and/or the minimum percentage of hours completed will be placed in Academic Warning status for the next quarter they attend. Students placed in this status have one quarter to correct or improve the deficiency. Students in Academic Warning status are expected to seek academic advisement and assistance through their advisor and/or a tutor. For student financial aid recipients/applicants, Academic Warning status is equivalent to Financial Aid Warning status. Aid applicants/recipients remain academically eligible to receive financial aid while in Financial Aid Warning status. Students who correct the deficiency by raising their CGPA and completion rate above minimum standards will be removed from Academic Warning status and returned to good academic standing at the end of the Academic Warning Quarter.

Suspension Status

Students who are in Academic Warning status and do not remove the deficiency by raising their CGPA and completion rate to meet the academic standards will be placed on Academic Suspension and lose eligibility for federal and Illinois financial aid. A suspension is appealable under certain conditions (see Appeal Process below).Suspended students may not enroll in the quarter following the assignment of the suspension status, but are eligible to petition for “readmission after suspension” after an absence of one quarter. If readmission status is approved, the student will return to NC in “Academic Restriction” status, be placed on an academic plan, and be required to meet with an Academic Advisor. The academic plan will list specific requirements the student must meet to correct deficiencies and return to good academic standing. The student will remain in “Academic Restriction” status (and remain ineligible for federal and Illinois student financial aid) until he/she has returned to good academic standing according to the academic standards. A student in Academic Restriction status who fails to meet the requirements of his/her Academic Plan may be dismissed from NC at the discretion of the Academic Office.

Appeal Process

A student who is placed on suspension status can appeal the suspension based upon mitigating circumstances. Mitigating circumstances are defined as circumstances beyond the student’s direct control that led to, or substantially contributed to, the student’s academic difficulty. A mitigating circumstance may be personal (i.e. Death of a relative, injury or illness of the student, etc.) or academic (i.e. inappropriate aptitude set for program requirements, learning disability, etc.). Suspended students who wish to appeal must write a
letter to the Academic Standards Committee (ASC) which must include:

  • The reason(s) the student failed to meet Academic Progress.
  • A description of what has changed in the student’s situation that will allow the student to
    demonstrate academic progress at the next evaluation.
  • A letter of recommendation, preferably from a member of the NC faculty. The ASC will render a decision on each appeal and notify the student in writing. Appeal decisions made by this are final and are not subject to further appeal.

Appeal Approval/ Probation

Status/Academic Plan

If the appeal is approved, the student will be placed in “Academic Probation” status, be placed on an academic plan, and be required to meet with an Academic Advisor. The academic plan will list specific requirements the student must meet to correct deficiencies and return to good academic standing. The student will remain in “Academic Probation” status (and remain eligible for student financial aid) as long the student continues to meet all terms and conditions of his/her Academic Plan, until he/she has returned to good academic standing according to the academic standards. For students who have applied for or are receiving student financial aid, Academic Probation status is equivalent to Financial Aid Probation status. Aid applicants/recipients remain academically eligible to receive financial aid while in Financial Aid Probation status. Students who correct the deficiency by raising their CGPA and completion rate above minimum standards will be removed from Academic Probation status and returned to good academic standing at the end of the Probation Quarter.

Maximum Time Frame Appeal

Students who lose eligibility based on Maximum Time Frame may submit an appeal based upon a mitigating circumstance or change of program to have their aid eligibility reinstated. (See Appeal Process)

Regaining Eligibility for Financial Aid Other than Through Appeal

Suspended students who do not submit an appeal or for whom an appeal is denied, may regain eligibility for federal and Illinois student aid by one or more of the following methods:

  1. Making up the deficiencies (regaining good academic standing) by completing coursework at
    NC as a student in “Academic Restriction” status (without benefit of student financial aid)
  2. Completing coursework at another accredited institution which is accepted for transfer to NC, resulting in compliance with the attempted/completed (quantitative) standard
  3. Returning to NC after an absence of not less than five years and being accepted into an associate degree program. Such acceptance will be based upon professional, academic, and/or personal success during the period of absence. Students readmitted in this manner will have their prior academic record at NC re-evaluated in a manner consistent with transfer students.


Students will be notified when they are placed on or removed from warning, probation, suspension or restriction status, or have exceeded the maximum time frame.

Licensure and Certification

The following information reflects the pass rates on Northwestern College programs that prepare students for licensure, certification, or other qualifying examination.


Health Information Technology

Associate in Applied Science degree


Graduates are eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information (RHIT) exam.


Student Performance on the RHIT Exam


First Attempt

Repeated Attempt

Number of students taking the RHIT



Number of students who passed



Pass rate




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Repeated Attempt

Number of students taking the RHIT



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Massage Therapy

Associate in Applied Science degree and Certificate


Graduates of the degree or certificate program are eligible to take the National Certification Examination administered by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB). Information is provided by NCBTMB only for individuals taking the exam for the first time.


Student Performance on the NCBTMB Exam


First Attempt

Number of students taking the NCBTMB exam


Number of students who passed


Pass rate



First Attempt

Number of students taking the NCBTMB exam


Number of students who passed


Pass rate



Medical Assisting

Associate in Applied Science degree


Graduates are eligible to sit for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam administered by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).


Student Performance on the CMA (AAMA) Exam


First Attempt

Repeated Attempt

Number of students taking the CMA (AAMA) exam



Number of students who passed



Pass rate




First Attempt

Repeated Attempt

Number of students taking the CMA (AAMA) exam



Number of students who passed



Pass rate





Associate in Applied Science degree

Information is provided by the State of Illinois only for individuals taking the NCLEX for the first time.

Student Performance on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)


First Attempt

Number of students taking the NCLEX


Number of students who passed


Pass rate



First Attempt

Number of students taking the NCLEX


Number of students who passed


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Radiologic Technology

Associate in Applied Science degree

Graduates are eligible to sit for the national certifying exam administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Information is provided by the AART only for individuals taking the exam for the first time.


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Financial Assistance Disclosures

How to Apply for Financial Assistance

We understand the process can be intimidating but our experienced Financial Aid Representatives can assist you through the entire process whether it be completing the FAFSA form, signing a Master Promissory Note or answering questions about the verification process (if you’re chosen by the Department of Education). Our Representatives can identify the federal aid programs that will help you meet your needs and guide you through each process. Just contact our office; we’re here to help!

Bridgeview Campus – 708-237-5050

Chicago Campus – 773-777-4220

On Line campus – 855-672-9066

Apply for PIN

The beginning point for all federal aid starts with applying for a federal PIN number. Students and a parent (if the student is a dependent) can apply on-line through the Department of Education website at PIN numbers are used to sign your FAFSA application and other financial aid forms electronically.

Complete your FAFSA

The next step, completing and signing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. This process can be done quickly and easily on the Department of Education’s website located at When completing the FAFSA form make sure you list Northwestern College as your school of choice (federal school code #012362) as this will ensure we receive your information in a timely manner. The information that you provide will help the college determine if you are eligible for a Federal Pell Grant, Federal Work Study and Federal Student Loans.

When completing the FAFSA application it is highly recommended that students use the IRS Data retrieval process to transfer information into your FAFSA. This process can help you complete your financial aid processes quicker.

Approximately one out of every three FAFSA applications will be chosen by the Department of Education for a review process known as verification. If your application is selected, you (and your parent if you are a dependent student) will be asked to provide additional information. We will let you know if you were selected for verification and give you a list of necessary documentation. Upon completion of the application and verification (if required) processes, your Financial Aid Representative will prepare a financial aid package for you based on your eligibility and financial need as determined by your FAFSA form. Your Representative can also discuss timing of your financial aid payments, billing procedures and alternative financing options.

Complete Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note

The last step is completing and signing the Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note. This process can be done quickly and easily on the Department of Education’s website located at An entrance counseling and a master promissory note need to be completed prior to NC being able to receive any loan disbursements on your behalf. The entrance counseling also helps you to understand your responsibilities regarding your loan.

All students (and parents) taking out Direct Subsidized loans or Direct Unsubsidized (and Direct Plus loans) are required to complete an entrance counseling. The entrance counseling will help you (and your parent) understand your rights and responsibilities regarding your loan. It will give you details on what the Direct Loan program is and how the loan process works. It will also help you learn about other financial resources to consider to help pay for your education.

The Master Promissory Note is a legal document in which you promise to repay your loans. It also explains the terms and conditions of you loan (s). It includes information on how interest is calculated and what deferment and cancellation provisions are available to you.

PLEASE NOTE: It is very important that all your financial aid paper work is completed in a timely manner in order for your financial aid to be processed. Remember that student loans are just like any other loan for a car, a house, or other big purchases. They must be repaid – with interest. And if you don’t repay your loans, it can cause serious consequences, including long-term credit problems.

Rights and Responsibilities of Students Receiving Financial Aid

Every student at Northwestern College has certain rights and responsibilities. We have listed them here for your convenience. Some of the bullet points have hyperlinks included; however, for those bullet points that do not contain a hyperlink, most information can be found in the Northwestern College Catalog or by calling the Financial Aid Office.

Student Rights

Students have the right to obtain from the school:

  • the names of its accrediting or licensing organizations;
  • information about the school’s programs; its instructional, laboratory, and other physical
    facilities; and its faculty;
  • the cost of attending;
  • the school’s policy and the Financial Aid Office’s policy on refunds to students who withdraw or are dropped;
  • the types of financial assistance available, including information on all federal, state, local, private and institutional financial aid programs;
  • the procedures and deadlines for submitting applications for each available financial aid program;
  • the criteria used to select financial aid recipients;
  • the process used to determine student financial need. This process includes how costs for tuition and fees, room and board, travel, books and supplies, and personal and miscellaneous expenses are considered in the cost of education. It also includes how resources (such as parental contribution, other financial aid, assets, etc.) are considered in calculating student need;
  • the amount of student financial need, as determined by the institution, that has been met;
  • the type and amount of assistance in a student financial aid package and an explanation of each award;
  • the portion of the financial aid award that consists of loans that must be re-paid, and what portion is grant aid that does not need to be repaid;
  • the interest rate on any loan, the total amount for repayment, the length of time for repayment, the date to start repayment and cancellation or deferment provisions that apply;
  • how to obtain a reconsideration of an aid package, if they believe that a mistake has been made or if enrollment or if the student’s financial circumstances have changed;
  • the policy/process used by the college to determine whether students are making Satisfactory Academic Progress and what happens if students are not;
  • any special facilities and services available to persons with disabilities;

Student Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of students to:

  • review and consider all information about any of the school’s program’s before enrolling;
  • pay special attention to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), complete it accurately and submit it on time at the correct website. Errors can delay or prevent students from receiving aid;
  • meet all deadlines for applying or reapplying for aid;
  • provide any and all additional documentation, verification, corrections and/or new information requested by the Financial Aid Office, including tax returns and other personal and financial documents;
  • read, understand, and keep copies of all forms which they are asked to sign;
  • comply with the provisions of any promissory note and all other agreements that they must sign;
  • promptly notify the school of any change in name, address, or attendance status (half time, three-quarter time or full time);
  • understand the college’s Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy;
  • understand the college’s refund policy and the Financial Aid Office’s Return to Title IV Refund policy;
  • complete an “Entrance Interview” before borrowing federal student loans; and
  • complete an “Exit Interview” prior to graduation or upon withdrawal from the school, if you have borrowed federal loans;
  • honor all copyrights and refrain from unauthorized duplication of copyrighted material

Financial Aid Code of Ethics

Northwestern College maintains the highest standards of administrative and academic integrity. Our employees conduct themselves in an ethical and professional manner in their interactions with students and families. Northwestern College has set for this policy to codify and clarify our ethics standards with regard to education (student) loan lenders, servicers and/or guarantors and to provide assurances that questionable practices that have been criticized at other institutions do not occur at Northwestern College.

Gainful Employment Information

Degree Program

CIP Code

SCO Code and O*Net Link

Executive Accounting


43-3031 – Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks

Business Administration


11-1021 – General and Operations Managers
11-3011 – Administrative Services Managers
43-1011 – First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers


Criminal Justice


33-3051 – Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers
33-9032 – Security Guards


Health Information Technology


29-2071 – Medical Records and Health Information Technicians


Medical Assisting


31-9092 – Medical Assistants


Massage Therapy


31-9011 – Massage Therapists




23-2011 – Paralegals and Legal Assistants
23-2099 – Legal Support Workers


Radiologic Technology


29-2034.01 – Radiologic Technologists



29-1141.00 – Registered Nurses

Coding Specialist


29-2071 – Medical Records and Health Information Technicians




29-2032 – Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

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