Veterans and Other Programs
Veterans and Other Aid Programs
As educational funding specialists, we are aware of many funding programs that some prospective students may not be aware of. It is our privilege to get to know you and help you determine if there are other non-traditional funding options that may assist you. At the end of the day, it is our job to help you make your career training affordable.
Benefits for Veterans
Benefits are available to veterans depending on their service and their participation in VA education programs. There are also programs for children of deceased or disabled veterans with service-related disabilities. Eligibility is based on criteria established by the Veteran’s Administration but include the length of service, number of dependents, and the number of enrolled hours the student is carrying. For more information about VA educational benefits, please contact the VA at (888) 442-4551 or visit the VA Educational Benefitswebpage.
Federal Aid to Native Americans
Federal aid to Native Americans is available to students who are enrolled members of a federally recognized Indian Tribe, Alaska Natives, or ¼ degree Indian blood descendent of a federally recognized tribe. Most programs are based on financial need and the availability of funds. Eligibility is determined and administered by your tribe and may be awarded in successive years based on the students satisfactory academic progress. Information and applications are available from the education office of the tribe with which you are affiliated or possess membership. Information is also available from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Washington, D.C. 20245 or visit the Bureau of Indian Affairs website.
Social Security Survivor Benefits
Social Security survivor benefits may continue to be available to students after the age of 18 if they continue enrollment in an accredited institution of higher education. Students should check their local social security office for information on continued eligibility and benefits.
Illinois Vocational Rehabilitation Grants
Students with disabilities that interfere with employment may qualify for an Illinois Vocational Rehabilitation Grant. Eligibility is determined by the Illinois Department of Human Services – Vocational Rehabilitation Office regional offices. Students wishing more information may visit the Illinois Department of Rehabilitation Services website.
Northwestern College Payment Plan
Students who do not qualify for sufficient financial assistance will appreciate our payment plan, which gives students the option of making payments while enrolled in school. Please contact the Business Office to speak to one of our representatives for further information.