Financial Aid

Enrollment Changes

To be eligible for financial aid, you must meet minimum enrollment requirements. Any change of enrollment status during the year could result in a revision in the financial aid awarded.

If you reduce your credit load or officially withdraw from the University during a term for which you have already received financial aid, all or part of the funds that have been disbursed to you may have to be repaid or returned to the funding source. This may cause an owing balance to Northwest University.

The amount to be repaid for returned financial aid will be determined by the length of time you were enrolled.

Minimum Enrollment Requirements

Your initial Financial Aid Award assumes you will enroll for 6 graduate credits per term.

Credits are reviewed after the add/drop period. Your enrollment at that time will be your financial aid enrollment.

If you registered for fewer than 6 graduate credits, your Financial Aid Award may need to be adjusted. If you plan to enroll for fewer than these credits, please contact Student Financial Services right away.

If you register for three or fewer graduate credits, you will not be eligible for financial aid.

Dropping a Course

If you drop a course after the add/drop week, you will be responsible for the tuition related to that course and there will be no changes to your financial aid. However, the drop in credits may affect your academic progress. Please review the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy to ensure you are in compliance.

Withdrawing from the University

If you completely withdraw from all classes during the add/drop period tuition will be refunded 100%. Fees are not refunded.

If you completely withdraw after the add/drop week, tuition will not be adjusted. You are responsible for all tuition and fee charges.

Please be aware that if you withdraw from any courses, those courses are considered “attempted” and therefore are included in calculating if satisfactory academic progress requirements were met.

Credit Requirements for Financial Aid

According to federal regulations, federal funds must be returned to federal programs based on the percent of the term that a student is no longer enrolled. Student Financial Services will determine how much of a student’s aid was “unearned” as defined by the federal regulations, and then return the “unearned” aid in the following order to the programs from which the student received the aid:

  • Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan
  • Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan
  • Federal PLUS Loan
  • Other Title IV Programs

If a refund was received prior to withdrawing from the University, then those funds need may need to be repaid, depending on the date of withdrawal.