Financial Aid

Grants for Online Students

Federal Pell Grant

Eligibility: Financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. A student can receive a Federal Pell Grant for no more than 12 semesters or the equivalent (roughly six years).

Amount: For the 2018-2019 academic year, the amount ranges from $650 - $6,094.

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

The Federal Pell Grant is available to students who enroll for a minimum of three credits a term.

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant

Eligibility: Financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. See the TEACH Grant website for additional eligibility criteria.

Amount: Up to $4,000

Renewal: Must re-apply for financial aid and maintain satisfactory academic progress. In addition, a recipient must sign the Teach Grant Agreement to Serve. See the TEACH Grant website for more information.

Washington State Need Grant (WSNG)

Washington State aid is only available to Washington State residents, 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.

WSNG recipients agree that the Washington Student Achievement Council (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.

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. See information about award amounts.

Award: All applicants who qualify for College Bound and meet all the other required eligibility criteria will be awarded. Non- College eligible applicants will be awarded Washington State Need grant to the extent funds are available.

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 Student Financial Services.