The Federal Pell Grant Program provides federal aid to eligible students. The maximum grant for the 2015–2016 award year is $5,775. The minimum grant is $626. To apply for a Federal Pell Grant, complete and file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant program provides up to $200 per academic year to students who receive the Federal Pell Grant and have exceptional financial need. To apply for a Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, complete and file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by April 1.
Federal Direct Loan Program
The Federal Direct Loan Program (subsidized and unsubsidized) provides federally insured loans to students enrolled in accredited post-secondary institutions. The maximum yearly loan limits are $5,500 for first-year students and $6,500 for second-year students. The actual amount a student receives may be dependent on financial need and the length of the program of study. To apply for a Federal Direct Loan, complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) AND follow the 3-step loan application process.
Federal regulations require all first-time borrowers to complete a loan counseling session prior to receiving the first disbursement of their loan funds. Students may complete this loan entrance counseling online.
Students will also be required to complete a mandatory exit interview session shortly before their departure from the institution.
Direct PLUS (Parent) Loan For Undergraduate Students
The Direct PLUS Loan Program is designed for the parents of dependent students in order to assist students with the costs of a college education. The loan amount is limited to the cost of attendance minus your (the student's) other financial aid. To apply for a Direct PLUS Loan, complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Your parent(s) must also complete and submit a separate Direct PLUS loan application and Master Promissory Note. For further instructions, click here to access the Parent Plus Loan Application Process.
Federal Work Study
The College Work Study program provides employment opportunities for students who demonstrate financial need. College Work Study provides part-time employment for students at a rate of $7.25 per hour. Community service work experience may be available. To apply for College Work Study eligibility, complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Eligibility does not guarantee a work study position. If awarded College Work Study it is the student’s responsibility to apply, arrange for interviews, be offered and accept any work study opportunities. Once hired, appropriate documents must be completed such as I-9 forms, W-4’s, etc. View the Work Study brochure here
The Iowa Vocational-Technical Tuition Grant program provides up to $1,200 per academic year to Iowa residents enrolled in a vocational/technical or career option program. To apply for an Iowa Vocational-Technical Tuition Grant, complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to July 1.
Kibbie Grant (Iowa Skilled Workforce Shortage Tuition Grant)
This grant is for Iowa residents enrolled in specified vocational-technical or career option programs. Your FAFSA must be received by the processing center by July 1st preceding enrollment. The Kibble Grant requires enrollment in at least 3 credit hours per semester.
Priority is given to students who participated in the Federal TRiO Student Support Programs, graduated from alternative high schools, or alternative high school programs. To apply, students must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students must also complete an application which is available on the Iowa College Student Aid Commission’s website or by calling 877-383-4222. The maximum individual award is up to the average of tuition and fee rates established for students at Iowa Regent Universities. First priority will be given to students whose applications are received on or before March 1.
All Iowa Opportunity Foster Care Grant and Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Programs
These programs provide grants to students who have been in Iowa foster care and who plan to enroll in approved training programs in Iowa. The grant programs can cover up to the full cost of attendance. To be eligible, applicants must be an Iowa resident, have a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma (GED), be 18 to 23 years of age, and be in foster care, or were in foster care, or were adopted from foster care after age 16. To apply, applicants must complete a FAFSA and obtain an application which is available on the Iowa College Student Aid Commission’s website or by calling 877-272-4456.
This grant provides awards to Iowa National Guard members. The amount of benefit awarded is based on the student’s cost of tuition (not fees). Eligibility is determined by the Iowa Adjutant General and a new application must be completed each year prior to July 1 for the fall term and December 1 for the spring term. Eligibility requirements include being an Iowa resident, a member of an Iowa Army or Air National Guard unit for each term the member receives benefits, satisfactorily completing required Guard training and maintaining satisfactory performance of Guard duty and pursuing an undergraduate degree and maintaining satisfactory academic progress.
The Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (Chapter 30), the Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606), the Reserve Educational Assistance Program – REAP (Chapter 1607), Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation Program (Chapter 31), Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33), Veterans Education Assistance Program—VEAP, and Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35) provide educational benefits for veterans attending NCC. Information concerning veterans’ educational benefits and applications may be obtained from the Registrar.
The Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) provides financial assistance to eligible persons with disabilities to overcome impediments to employment. For more information, contact a IVRS counselor in your area (Sheldon Office 712-324-4864, 1022 3rd Avenue) or the Financial Aid Office.
The Iowa Workforce Investment Act provides assistance to people experiencing significant barriers to employment. Funding may be available for retraining eligible students. For more information, contact the Workforce Investment Act counselor in your area (Iowa Workforce Development, 217 W 5th Street, Spencer) or the Financial Aid Office at the College.
The American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) modified benefits for families paying college costs or repaying student loans. Taxpayers may be eligible to claim an American Opportunity Credit (up to $2500) against their federal income taxes. Contact a tax accountant for additional information.
The Northwest Iowa Community College Foundation offers many scholarship opportunities for students attending Northwest Iowa Community College. Complete information regarding individual scholarships is found in the current Northwest Iowa Community College Foundation Scholarship Opportunity Guide. Hard copies are available through the Foundation Office or Admissions Office at NCC.