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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!

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 www.pin.ed.gov. PIN numbers are needed in order to complete 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 http://www.fafsa.ed.goved.gov. 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 form make sure you list Northwestern College as your school choice (federal school code #012362) as this will ensure we receive your information in a timely manner. Deadline: It’s important to have your FAFSA completed at least 30 days prior to the start of classes since we cannot process any aid until your data is received from the federal processor. The absolute deadline to file your FAFSA is a few days before you finish school, as we must receive your information while you are still enrolled in order to process your aid.

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 copies of prior year tax returns, along with other income and asset information. We will let you know if you were selected for verification and give you a list of necessary documentation. Deadline: Unfortunately, we cannot process any financial aid until all of the required documentation is submitted and reviewed. At times, this process will require us to make changes to your FAFSA data, which can add time to the processing. Therefore, it is important that you submit any documentation as soon as possible.

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.

If you would like more detailed information concerning the financial aid process, please do not hesitate to contact one of the financial aid offices listed below.

Bridgeview Campus – 708-237-5050

Chicago Campus – 773-777-4220