General Eligibility

NWCCD is eligible to participate in Title IV programs by meeting the definition of an institution of higher education as defined by the US Department of Education. Title IV funding includes Federal financial aid that each individual student is eligible to apply for by competing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at www.fafsa.gov. Federal financial aid programs at NWCCD includes the Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Work-Study, Subsidized and Unsubsidized loans,
as well as Parent Plus loans.

To be eligible for federal financial aid, applicants must meet the general eligibility requirements, including:

  • Have a valid Social Security Number
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Have a high school diploma or a recognized equivalent such as the HiSET/GED or completed home schooling at the secondary level
  • Be registered for Selective Service, if you are male (ages 18 to 25) you must register
  • Be enrolled in an eligible degree requirement or certificate program
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements
  • Certify that you will use federal aid for educational purposes only by signing the statement on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Additional information for each program is listed below, or you can visit www.studentaid.gov for additional information. To complete the FAFSA application, please visit www.fafsa.gov.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

In order to maintain financial aid eligibility, students must meet the standard requirements of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) towards a degree or certificate
at NWCCD. A student’s academic history starts the first semester the student is enrolled at NWCCD and is monitored regardless of whether he/she has previously received financial aid at NWCCD. NWCCD’s SAP standard requirements include maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA and completing at least 67% of credits attempted. In addition, students must complete their degree program within 150% of the program length to maintain federal financial aid eligibility. SAP is reviewed on all students by the Financial Aid Office after the end of each semester of enrollment.

Return to Title IV Funds Calculation

A student must earn his or her federal financial aid funds through classroom attendance/participation each term. When a student who is receiving federal
financial aid fully withdraws from class(s) mid-semester, the Financial Aid Office is required to determine the percentage of federal financial aid funds that the student earned while enrolled for
the semester.

After the student completes the withdraw process, a Last Day of Attendance (LDA) is reported by the instructor for each course the student was enrolled in. A Return to Title IV (R2T4) calculation is determined in the Financial Aid Office using the student’s latest LDA from the semester. The R2T4 calculation determines the percentage of federal financial aid that the student earned during the period of attendance, and whether the student will have to repay a portion of the financial aid funds that they received. If the student received more financial aid funds than they were entitled to per their period of attendance, the student’s account will be updated to reflect a balance owed to NWCCD.

Withdrawing from classes will potentially affect a student’s financial aid eligibility, both for the current semester and for subsequent semesters, if the withdrawal results in a failure to maintain
Satisfactory Academic Progress standards. NWCCD strongly encourages students to meet with the Financial Aid Office prior to withdrawing from classes so that each student may make an informed decision.