Grants are funds that can be used for your undergraduate college education, and they do NOT need to be repaid. Opportunities include:           

  • Federal and state grants (available to all full-time and part-time undergraduate students)
  • Northwestern grants (available only to traditional full-time undergraduate students)
  • Legacy Grant (available only to traditional full-time undergraduate students)

When you complete the FAFSA, you may become eligible for federal and state grants based on your financial need:

  • Available to eligible full- and part-time undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need
  • Awards up to $6,495 for 2021-22
  • Available to full- and part-time undergraduate students who intend to teach in a high-needs field (bilingual education or English language acquisition, foreign language, math, reading specialist, science, special education) in a school that serves students from low-income families
  • Awards up to $3,728 per year
  • Requires a 3.25 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Recipients who fail to meet the conditions for the TEACH Grant must repay the grant
  • Learn more about the TEACH Grant Program
  • Available up to four years to Iowa undergraduate students (full and part time) who attend a private college in Iowa
  • Awards are $6,800 during 2021–22 for students with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $15,000 or less
  • Learn more about the Iowa Tuition Grant
  • Available to traditional full-time undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need and evidence of academic potential
  • Award amounts are determined after we review your FAFSA information
  • Amounts are renewable each year

Legacy Grants ($1,500/year through graduation) are available to traditional full-time undergraduate students with a family connection to Northwestern. They are not given based on FAFSA information. Students are eligible for a Legacy Grant if they meet either of the following criteria:

  • A parent or grandparent attended Northwestern full time for at least 3 semesters
  • A sibling is currently enrolled full time or has graduated from NWC

Alumni of Northwestern College may take courses on campus tuition free for no credit (audit). This offer is available to those who graduated from NWC with a four-year bachelor’s degree who are at least 24 years old. A maximum of four credits per semester may be taken. Enrollment will be on a space-available basis and with prior approval from the instructor.

Only on-campus courses qualify for the Alumni Audit Grant. The grant may not be used for online courses, physician assistant courses, the NEXT program, or continuing education opportunities.

Alumni who take these courses will be responsible for the payment of any additional fees associated with the course. Alumni may register in the registrar’s office during regular office hours the week before a course begins.

For more information, contact the registrar’s office at 712-707-7145.