Financial Aid Frequently Asked Questions

FAFSA is the application form that must be completed to apply for all federal financial aid. The FAFSA application can be found at The school code for both Sheridan and Gillette College is 003930.

Federal Pell Grant

Eligibility for a Federal Pell Grant is determined by information provided on a student’s current FAFSA submission. Grant funds typically do not need to be repaid.

The awards are based on the individual student’s financial need, costs to attend school, enrollment status (number of credit hours in which the student is enrolled for the semester), and the student’s plans to attend school for a full academic year or less.

2017-2018 Award Amount: The maximum Pell Grant award is $5,920 for full-time students.

Supplementary Educational Opportunity Grant

The Federal Supplementary Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is awarded to students on the basis of highest need first. To be considered you must:

  • Fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Be enrolled in at least six credit hours
  • Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is zero, as determined by the FAFSA
  • Students have to be Pell Grant eligible, as determined by the Department of Education

Employee/Family Grant

The Northern Wyoming Community College District (NWCCD) offers tuition assistance to employees and their eligible family members. The award is applied to each eligible term and is based on several criteria as well as availability of funding. Employees or eligible family members wishing to review additional criteria can find the form in the MyNWCCD portal. The completed application must be returned to either the financial aid office or human resources for review.

Golden Age Grant

The Golden Age Grant is available to students who are age 60 or above and will be taking courses for credit in the Fall or Spring Semesters. The grant is subject to approval by the financial aid office. If taking approved courses, the grant will cover 50% of tuition for those classes (excluding fees). Any remaining balance is the student’s responsibility and must be paid by the first day of class. To download the form, click here. The completed application must be returned to the financial aid office.


Please feel free to browse our hundreds of scholarship opportunities to see if you qualify for one or more. Scholarship requirements vary based on elements such as hometown, academic program of study, or other extracurricular interests. Additional scholarship information can be found below.

Note: In order to apply for a scholarship you need to be an accepted student.

Hathaway Scholarship

Please visit our Hathaway Scholarship page for more information.

High Academic Achievement Scholarship

Recognizes students who earn an ACT Composite score of 25 or higher. The scholarship may be used at Sheridan College or Gillette College.

  • Covers up to 15 credit hours of in-state tuition plus student and institutional fees per semester for up to four consecutive semesters.  All additional expenses are the responsibility of the student.
  • Student must maintain full-time enrollment each semester and a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher.  Eligibility is reviewed at the end of each semester.  If eligibility is lost, the student is notified in writing and cannot regain eligibility after the scholarship is lost.
  • Scholarship must be activated in the fall semester following high school graduation and cannot be used in conjunction with any other scholarship or aid source deemed solely for tuition and fees.
  • Scholarship is non-transferable and may not be redeemed for cash.
  • Submit your ACT scores to the Admissions Office and complete the General Application on AcademicWorks.  Once your ACT score and General Application have been received by the Scholarship Coordinator, you will automatically be eligible to receive this scholarship.
  • Students will be required to accept the scholarship offer and return a hand-written thank you note to the Financial Aid Office.  The scholarship offers are sent during the summer months between May and August.

Students can apply for loans to assist them in paying for education related expenses. Unlike grants or scholarships, loans must be repaid.

Interest Free Loans

Several foundations in our community offer our students interest free loans to use towards their educational costs. These loans are issued by the foundation (foundations are independent institutions, not directly affiliated with NWCCD) and applicants must contact the local foundation regarding submission of application.

Alvin T. Clark Family Memorial Fund

Financial assistance is available to graduates of Buffalo High School in Buffalo, WY who are seeking higher education in the fields of forestry, nursing, and medicine (not pre-med).  Please contact Wendy Martin at the phone number below for further information and an application.

141 S. Main St.
PO Box 400
Buffalo, Wyoming 82834
PH: 307-684-2211
FAX: 307-684-5265

The B.F. and Rose H. Perkins Foundation

45 East Loucks, Suite 110
PO Box 1064
Sheridan, Wyoming 82801
PH: 307-674-8871
FAX: 307-674-8803

The Dodd and Dorothy L. Bryan Foundation

PO Box 6287
First Plaza-2 North Main
4th Floor-Suite 401
Sheridan, Wyoming 82801
PH: 307-672-3535

Whitney Benefits Inc.

PO BOX 5085
145 N. Connor Street
Sheridan, Wyoming 82801
PH: 307-674-7303
Fax: 307-674-4335

Wyoming Investment in Nursing (WYIN)

The Wyoming Investment in Nursing Program is available to Wyoming residents (or students who graduated from a Wyoming high school) who have been accepted into our Nursing Program and plan to practice as a nurse or nurse educator in Wyoming after graduation. This loan may be repaid by the State of Wyoming if you agree to work full-time as a nurse within the state of Wyoming for a certain amount of time.

For the 2015-2016 academic year, a FAFSA for that year is required to be on file by June 1st. Funds are limited.

What will it cost for you to attend NWCCD? Use the Net Price Calculator to estimate the cost to attend NWCCD, based on your personal circumstances.

Undergraduate students are eligible to apply for Student Employment as a part of their federal aid package. Student Employment is a federally subsidized program through the Department of Education and can include on-campus or off-campus work opportunities.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Enrolled in at least six credit hours
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress per federal regulations
  • Must have unmet financial aid need

We have several on-campus employment opportunities at both Sheridan and Gillette Colleges.  Student can access our student employment information site located within our portal, MyNWCCD, to find specific job descriptions and application instructions.

For additional information, visit the Financial Aid Office.

Please visit our Hathaway page for more information.

The Financial Aid Office is available to assist students with their questions Monday-Friday from 8am to 5pm.

Visit the FAO Staff page for a full list of FAO staff members.


Sheridan College

Phone: 307-675-0200

Toll Free: 888-675-0505


Gillette College

Phone: 307-681-6040

Toll Free: 888-681-6070