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How to Apply for Financial Aid

How To Apply For Financial Assistance

We understand the process can be intimidating, however, 99% of our students receive some form of FA and 97% of students receive assistance they don’t need to pay back! Our experienced financial assistance 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

1. 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 online through the Department of Education’s website at www.pin.ed.gov. PIN numbers are used to sign your FAFSA application and other financial aid forms electronically.

2. Complete your FAFSA

The next step is 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 www.fafsa.ed.gov. When completing the FAFSA form make sure you list Northwestern College as your school of choice (our federal school code is #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.

3. 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 www.studentloans.gov. 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.

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.

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