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Financial Aid

Washington State Aid

Washington State aid is only available to Washington State residents, but is available to both incoming Freshmen or Transfer students. To be considered a resident, one of the following must be true:

  • For dependent students (according to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid), the parents must have a bona fide domicile (home) in the State of Washington for at least one year before the first day of class and continue to reside in the State of Washington to maintain eligibility.
  • For independent students (according to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid), the student must have a domicile (home) in the State of Washington at least one year before the first day of classes.

Due to state law, Washington State financial aid is not available to students pursuing a major or minor offered by the College of Ministry (including the Ministry Leadership major offered through the LEAP program).

Washington State Need Grant

Eligibility: Must show financial need by the Washington State Need Grant formula, part of which requires that student must be pursuing a non-ministry major or career.

Amount: Amount varies each year based upon Washington State funding. For the 2011-2012 academic year, the maximum amount is $8,214.

Renewal: Must re-apply for financial aid and maintain satisfactory academic progress.

Application: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Students who receive Washington State Need Grants must sign the “WSNG Agreement and Directive” in order to receive their funds each term from the Financial Aid Services Office.

Also, WSNG recipients agree that the Higher Education Coordinating Board (the Washington State Agency that issues the grant) and Northwest University reserve the right to withdraw, reduce, or modify the grant due to funding limitations or due to changes in circumstances which will affect the student’s eligibility for the Washington State Need Grant.

Undocumented students are now eligible to receive State Need Grant funds because of the Real Hope Act, also referred to the as the Washington Dream Act, which passed the Legislature during the 2014 session and was signed into law by Governor Inslee on February 26, 2014. Read more about the Real Hope Act »

Washington Scholars

Eligibility: Must be a High School Senior nominated by your school principal. Student must enroll at a qualifying college or university effective fall term immediately following high school graduation and remain continuously enrolled for three academic quarters or two semesters.

Amount: Amount varies each year based upon Washington State funding.

Renewal: Must maintain a 3.30 cumulative GPA.

Application: Contact your local High School Counselor for more information.