Consumer Information

Northwestern College is committed to helping consumers make more informed decisions about their education options, which the U.S. Department of Education has set forth disclosure guidelines. We have assembled this information in one easy-to-find location to make it simple for you. As always, please stop in or call the college if you have any questions about the information provided.

The Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), includes many disclosure and reporting requirements. A disclosure requirement is information that a postsecondary education institution is required to distribute or make available to another party, such as students or employees. A reporting requirement is information submitted to the U.S. Department of Education or other agencies. Disclosure and reporting requirements sometimes overlap. For certain topics, institutions are required to make information available to students or others and to submit information to the U.S. Department of Education.

Northwestern College is committed to the principle of promoting access to information that will allow consumers such as students, parents, counselors, and legislators to make informed decisions about postsecondary education. The NC Student Hub and NC website provide a single access point to all federally mandated reports and disclosures.

General Student Disclosures

Northwestern College believes that individuals have the right to work, study, and learn in a safe and secure campus setting. The college, along with its students and employees, share the responsibility of maintaining this atmosphere by taking reasonable precautions, being vigilant, and using a common sense approach to personal safety.

Reporting Crimes and Emergencies

It is each person’s responsibility to report any incident of observed or suspected criminal activity by calling 911 and/or informing college personnel. The college will then determine what actions are necessary. These can include disciplinary action, informing law enforcement agencies, contacting emergency services, notification of the campus community, or other public safety response.

Security of Campus Facilities

The college’s buildings and grounds are monitored by off-duty police officers or security personnel. These officers are on duty at the college during times while classes are offered and students are on campus. All security personnel are available if needed in the event of an emergency.

Access to Campus Facilities

Building access is limited to students wearing a Northwestern College ID, college employees, and authorized visitors. Students who forget their ID must obtain a temporary one. Students are not permitted in buildings or classrooms unless a college employee is present. All visitors must register at the front desk. Solicitors are not permitted at any time.

Law Enforcement

The college’s security staff, to whom emergency reports are to be made, do not have the authority to arrest individuals. Their responsibility and authority is limited to enforcing college policies, regulations, and rules; providing assistance to the person making a security report; and contacting law enforcement or emergency agencies whenever appropriate.

Drug and Alcohol Policy

Consistent with its mission as an institution of higher education, NC is committed to educating students, faculty, and staff on the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse, and to maintaining an environment in which such abuse is prohibited. All students should be aware that substance abuse causes serious health risks: altered mood, altered behavior, sleep disorders, distorted senses, addiction, communication of infectious disease, altered breathing and heart rate, unconsciousness leading to coma, and permanent damage to the liver, heart, and central nervous system leading to death.

While on campus or at any College-sponsored event, faculty, staff, and students may not possess, use, deliver, sell, or distribute any illegal controlled substance. Further, faculty, staff, and students may not possess or consume alcoholic beverages on College property or at College-sponsored events, nor be present on College property or at College-sponsored events while under the influence of alcohol or illegal substances.

Those who violate this policy will be subject to College disciplinary action as well as the sanctions imposed by local, state, and federal laws. Students should be aware that substance abuse carries legal consequences which may include imprisonment, fines, and/or loss of property.

Public Safety.

The Illinois State Police compiles sex offender information. The State Police maintain a website where you can search the sex offender database. To learn the identity of registered sex offenders on or near campus, or anywhere in Illinois, visit www.isp.state.il.us/sor/. It allows you to search by city, county, or zip code.

The Bridgeview campus is located in Cook County, Illinois 60455.

Sexual Assault Policy.

Refer to https://nc.edu/title-ix/.

Educational Programs

The College offers a variety of educational programs throughout the year. Topics include use and abuse of alcohol and drugs, personal safety, sexual assault, and other health issues. Topical brochures and pamphlets are also available. For scheduled times and other information, contact Student Services.

Campus Crime and Security

Northwestern College is in compliance with Title IV requirements regarding reporting and disclosing crime statistics. Jeanne Clery Campus Security Report and Policy provides campus crime statistics for the last three years which are available on the College website for potential students as well the NC Hub for current students and employees. The college is required to report statistics pertaining to the occurrence of crime on its campuses on an annual basis. To comply with this act, Northwestern College uses information from local law enforcement agencies and NC incident reports. NC sends an email notifying students where to find this information each fall before the first of October.

Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security (Clery Act)

The following statistics represent criminal offenses occurring on campus which were reported to the authorities during the past three calendar years.

Northwestern College Annual Campus Crime Statistics

Reported in accordance with Uniform Crime Reporting procedures and the Jeanne Clery Act

Northwestern College On-Campus

Public Property (Adjacent to Campus)Hate crimes are criminal offenses committed against a person or property that are motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender’s bias. Bias is a preformed negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons based on their actual or perceived race, gender, gender identity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or national origin. Included in these statistics are hate crimes of murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, fondling, incest, statutory rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson, larceny-theft, simple assault, intimidation, and destruction/damage/vandalism of property. For the years 2018, 2019, and 2020 there were no reported hate crimes at the above-listed geographic locations. Northwestern College uses ConnectEd for emergency notifications to students, faculty, and staff. This system allows for the College to notify individuals as well as send mass messaging to groups in cases of emergency or to relay important information. In the case of emergencies such as a school closing, Northwestern College will notify you by email, phone message, college website, and various news media outlets. The communication type used is based on the requirements of the message to be delivered. Several members of campus and college administration have access to send messages to groups and the content of the information will be based on the particular situation. Northwestern College relies on its Emergency and Crisis Response Plan to determine evacuation methods for each location. The evacuation plan is tested annually either through unannounced or announced drills.

NC On-Campus

Criminal Offenses

201820192020
Murder/Non-Negligent Manslaughter000
Negligent Manslaughter000
Rape000
Fondling000
Incest000
Statutory rape000
Robbery000
Aggravated Assault000
Burglary000
Motor Vehicle Theft000
Arson000

Hate Crimes

201820192020
Murder/Non-Negligent Manslaughter000
Rape000
Fondling000
Incest000
Statutory rape000
Robbery000
Aggravated Assault000
Burglary000
Motor Vehicle Theft000
Arson000
Simple Assault000
Larceny Theft000
Intimidation000
Destruction/Damage/Vandalism of Property000

Violence Against Women Offenses

201820192020
Domestic Violence000
Dating Violence000
Sexual Assault000
Stalking000

Arrests

201820192020
Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.000
Liquor Law Violations000
Drug Abuse Violations000

Disciplinary Actions

201820192020
Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.000
Liquor Law Violations000
Drug Abuse Violations000

Unfounded Crimes

201820192020
000

Property surrounding NC

Criminal Offenses

201820192020
Murder/Non-Negligent Manslaughter000
Negligent Manslaughter000
Rape000
Fondling000
Incest000
Statutory Rape000
Robbery000
Aggravated Assault000
Burglary000
Motor Vehicle Theft000
Arson000

Hate Crimes

201820192020
Murder/Non-Negligent Manslaughter000
Rape000
Fondling000
Incest000
Statutory rape000
Robbery000
Aggravated Assault000
Burglary000
Motor Vehicle Theft000
Arson000
Simple Assault000
Larceny Theft000
Intimidation000
Destruction/Damage/Vandalism of Property000

Violence Against Women Offenses

201820192020
Domestic Violence000
Dating Violence000
Sexual Assault000
Stalking000

Arrests

201820192020
Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.000
Liquor Law Violations000
Drug Abuse Violations000

Disciplinary Actions

201820192020
Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.000
Liquor Law Violations000
Drug Abuse Violations000

Unfounded Crimes

201820192020
000

Academic Integrity

Northwestern College is committed to upholding high standards of academic integrity and honesty. All students are expected to respect and adhere to these standards, and any incident of academic misconduct is viewed by the NC community as a serious offense. Any attempt by a student to present work as their own when it is not is regarded as academic misconduct. This encompasses all written and computer-based work that may include, but is not strictly limited to, homework, classroom assignments, compositions, essays, tests, and quizzes. Copying another student’s work or assisting another student in copying or cheating is academically dishonest and considered misconduct. Plagiarism is considered an act of academic misconduct. Material copied from books, encyclopedias, magazines, the Internet, or other sources that are not the student’s original work must be properly documented.

NC’s Computer Network

Students are advised that Northwestern College’s computer network is monitored and all network activity can be observed and traced by school officials. The network employs software for the purpose of detecting and preventing the illegal downloading of media files (music, videos, etc.).

For students enrolling at Northwestern College, credits for courses or degrees completed at another institution are subject to approval by the Registrar and/or the Program Director/Dean. These courses or degrees must be similar in content and duration to those offered in the program for which an applicant has applied. The Registrar will confer as needed with the Program Director or Dean to determine a final decision of accepted transfer credits from the received transcript. However, only courses listed on official transcripts receive permanent official transfer credit. To ensure that credit can be reviewed properly, transcripts should be sent directly to Northwestern College by the previous institution.

Please refer to the College Catalog for additional information regarding transfer of credit.

Transfer from Regionally Accredited Institutions.

Transfer credits are granted only for courses in which a grade of “C” or higher was earned (2.0 on a 4.0 scale).

Transfer from Non‐Regionally Accredited Institutions

Credit for courses from non‐regionally accredited institutions, which are substantially equivalent in content to Northwestern College courses and are applicable to an applicant’s program of study may be granted on a course‐by‐course basis. The acceptance of courses from non‐regionally accredited institutions is contingent upon appropriate faculty credentials and applicable course content of the course to be transferred. Transfer credits are granted only for courses in which a grade of “C” or higher was earned (2.0 on a 4.0 scale).

International Credit

Students who earned college credit outside of the United States must have an official translation and evaluation performed by an education credential evaluator which is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. For approved evaluation agencies, please contact the Records Department.

Articulation Agreements:

At this time Northwestern College does not have any active Articulation Agreements.

Northwestern College does have an Educational Partnership with Chamberlain University. For more information about this option click here.

Official Withdrawal:

Official Withdrawal. Students who wish to withdraw officially from the College should first contact their Student Advisor. To request to withdraw, students can submit a request in writing or communicate in person to their Student Advisor. In rare cases, the College may accept third-party notifications, particularly when the student may be incapacitated or otherwise unable to communicate with the College. All withdrawal notifications may be subject to verification. For a student who is dismissed or withdrawn during an academic term, both the official date of withdrawal and the official date of determination shall be the date the student began the official withdrawal process by notifying the College, the date the College became aware of the student’s intent to withdraw through written communication, or the date the student was dismissed/administratively withdrawn for any reason, whichever is earliest.

Unofficial Withdrawal. If a student ceases participating without providing official notification to the College, the date of determination will be the date the College became aware of the student’s intent to withdraw through the Student Advisor or the last day that the student completed a qualifying academic activity. Students who withdraw from the College or who are unofficially withdrawn prior to the 10th week of class will receive a “W” grade in their course(s). Students who have participated in class past the 10th week and who are officially or unofficially withdrawn will receive the grade or grades they have earned in the class(es)

Fees:

Fees are not refundable.

Tuition Refund Schedule:

The tuition refund will be calculated according to the student’s withdrawal date and the tuition refund schedule. It is the student’s responsibility to drop a course by published deadlines.

Courses of 10-12 Weeks:

  • 100% refund for withdrawal days 1-7 of the quarter
  • 50% refund for withdrawal days 8-14 of the quarter
  • 0% refund for withdrawal after day 14 of the quarter

Return of Title IV Funds:

When a student drops to Less Than Half Time status (5 credits or less), withdraws or ceases participating during a payment period or period of enrollment, federal law mandates specific procedures for the calculation of Title IV funds. Title IV fund return calculations are based on the date the student withdrew or ceased attending the last date the student participated in class. Any unearned Title IV funds must be returned to the appropriate lender (or provider). When a student withdraws, the college calculates how much of the Title IV grants and loans the student has earned for the payment period or period of enrollment as of the date of withdrawal or the last date the student participated in class.

Calculation Information:

A pro-rata schedule is used to determine the amount of Title IV funds the student has earned at the time of withdrawal. After the 60 percent point in the payment period or period of enrollment, a student will have earned 100 percent of the Title IV funds they were eligible to receive.

The percentage of the payment period or period of enrollment completed is the total number of calendar days in the payment period or period of enrollment for which the assistance is awarded divided into the number of calendar days completed in that period as of the date of withdrawal.

If, based on the calculation, the student has earned less than the amount of Title IV funds disbursed, the unearned funds must be returned to the lender (or provider). The college must return the lesser of:

  • the amount of Title IV funds that the student has not earned, or
  • the amount of institutional charges that the student incurred for the payment period
    or the period of enrollment multiplied by the percentage of Title IV funds that was not earned
  • the amount of institutional charges that the student incurred for the payment period, or
  • the period of enrollment multiplied by the percentage of Title IV funds that was not earned

Financial Aid Programs Refund Sequence:

Unearned funds returned by the college or the student must be credited to outstanding balances on Title IV loans made to the student or on behalf of the student for the payment period or period of enrollment for which a return of funds is required. Those funds must be credited to outstanding balances for the payment period or period of enrollment for which the return of funds is required in the following order:

  • Direct Stafford Unsubsidized Loans
  • Direct Stafford Subsidized Loans
  • FFEL/Direct PLUS loans received on behalf of the student

Refund Disbursement:

Refunds are calculated from the official date of withdrawal from the college. All refunds will be issued within 30 days after the college has determined that the student has withdrawn.

Post-Withdrawal Disbursement Process

Once a Post-withdrawal loan disbursement has been identified, Northwestern College notifies the student with a letter of their loan eligibility. The student has 30 days from the date of the letter to request the loan. The student must submit a written statement permitting Northwestern College to request Post-withdrawal funds. Should the student not respond within 30 days from the date of the letter, Northwestern College will cancel the disbursement and reduce the total amount of the loan. Post-withdrawal grants are disbursed to cover direct costs. The student will receive notification of the grant disbursement.

Northwestern College is committed to integrating students with disabilities as fully as possible into all aspects of college life. It is the College’s goal to help ensure equal opportunity for self-identified students with documented disabilities. Each student is encouraged to act as his or her own advocate by taking responsibility for securing services and accommodations through the Office of Student Affairs. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 with its amendments prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities by mandating provision of reasonable accommodations to make programs and activities accessible to qualified individuals with disabilities. Although the College is able to respond to most requests, there are natural and legal limitations to what services can be provided. It is the College’s goal to assist students in developing their potential in light of what is feasible and reasonable under the law. For further information regarding services for students with disabilities, please contact the ADA Coordinator at [email protected]

Northwestern College encourages students to be active participants in the American political system as part of being responsible members of their community.

This link will connect you to voter registration information from the Illinois State Board of Elections. Each year the college celebrates “Constitution Day” on or during the week of September 17.

Please refer to the College Catalog for specific guidance on submitting an informal or formal complaint.

Anti-Drug Abuse Policy at Northwestern College

Northwestern College operates under the United States Department of Education’s drug prevention program and the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988.

Drug and Alcohol Policy

Consistent with its mission as an institution of higher education, NC is committed to educating students, faculty, and staff on the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse, and to maintaining an environment in which such abuse is prohibited. All students should be aware that substance abuse causes serious health risks: altered mood, altered behavior, sleep disorders, distorted sense, addiction, communication of infectious diseases, altered breathing and heart rate, unconsciousness leading to coma, and permanent damage to the liver, heart, and central nervous system leading to death.

While on campus or at any college-sponsored event, faculty, staff, and students may not possess, use, deliver, sell, or distribute any illegal controlled substance. Further, faculty, staff, and students may not possess or consume alcoholic beverages on college property or at college-sponsored events, nor be present on college property or at college-sponsored events while under the influence of alcohol or illegal substances.

Those who violate this policy will be subject to college disciplinary action as well as the sanctions imposed by local, state, and federal laws. Students should be aware that substance abuse carries legal consequences which may include imprisonment, fines, and/or loss of property.

Resources/Web Links:

Illinois Controlled Substances Statute

Links to Information about Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Abuse, and Recovery:

National Institutes of Health – Drug Use and Addiction

Drugs and Addiction

Illinois Department of Public Health

Introduction

The Higher Education Opportunities Act (HEOA) of 2008 requires Northwestern College to implement a plan to “effectively combat the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material by users of the institution’s network, without unduly interfering with educational and research use of the network.”

To that end, the college will:

  • Provide an annual disclosure to students describing copyright law and campus policies related to violating copyright law.
  • Create a plan to “effectively combat” copyright abuse on the campus network using “one or more technology-based deterrents”.
  • Promote “alternatives to illegal downloading”.

Technology-Based Deterrents

The college will use appropriate technology-based deterrents to reduce and/or eliminate the practice of illegally sharing copyrighted material.

  • The college deploys firewalls and filtering technology to monitor and control access to its network-accessible computing resources.
  • The college will actively investigate any reports of illegal file sharing activities on its network, and will take appropriate action as defined in the College Catalog and Employee Handbook.
  • The college continues to research additional technology alternatives that are capable of detecting and blocking file sharing applications.

In addition, students are bound by existing college policies that specifically prohibit the use of copyrighted material without the permission of the copyright holder.

Alternative Online Sources for Copyrighted Materials

There are many ways to legally obtain and enjoy music and other types of media, which do not violate the rights of copyright holders. Sharing music without respecting the rights of copyright holders can lead to DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) notices and possible lawsuits. Members of the NC community are encouraged to take advantage of legitimate sources of digital content. A directory of sources for obtaining digital content can be accessed on this web page.

Annual Disclosure

All students are required to adhere to the Student Responsibilities, Policies, and Procedures as contained within the Northwestern College Catalog. These Responsibilities, Policies, and Procedures contain the Peer-to-Peer File Sharing statement. The current College Catalog can be accessed online.

Quarterly the college will send an email to all students regarding illegal distribution of copyrighted materials.

Reviewing Effectiveness

Beginning in 2011-12 and periodically thereafter, the college will survey students to assess the extent to which our anti-piracy messages are reaching them, the extent to which students are taking advantage of legal alternatives, and other aspects of our plans to combat the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA)

FERPA provides current and former students with the right to inspect and review educational records, the right to seek to amend those records, the right to limit disclosure of information from the records, and the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education. Students may also waive their rights to inspect confidential letters or statements of recommendation.

FERPA and Information Security at Northwestern College

Northwestern College carefully protects all personal information in our possession regarding students and their families. The school employs office procedures and password-protected computer systems to ensure the security of paper and electronic records. The school does not disclose its security procedures to students or the general public to protect the effectiveness of those procedures. Access to social security numbers is strictly limited to School Officials (see definition below) with a need-to-know, as determined by the Registrar.

School Official

A school official is a College employee in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom the College has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Directors; or a student serving on an official committee (such as a disciplinary or grievance committee), or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. Upon request, the College discloses education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll. [Note: FERPA requires an institution to make a reasonable attempt to notify the student of the records request unless the institution states in its annual notification that it intends to forward records on request.]

Financial Aid Information:

Certain information necessary for the processing of federal financial aid programs may be disclosed to parents of dependent students. In order for a person to be considered a “parent” for this purpose, the individual must be listed as such on the student’s FAFSA application.

Directory Information:

School Officials may not disclose personally identifiable information about a student nor permit inspection of student records without the student’s written permission, unless such action is covered by certain exceptions permitted by FERPA. Under the provisions of the Act, a school may disclose information about a student if it has designated that the information is “Directory Information”. Northwestern College has designated the following as Directory Information:

  • student’s name, address, and telephone number
  • date and place of birth
  • major field of study
  • participation in officially recognized activities and sports
  • dates of attendance
  • most recent previous educational institution attended
  • grade level or enrollment status (e.g., full-time or part-time)
  • degrees, honors, and awards received
  • date of graduation
  • photographs
  • email address

Students’ Rights Under FERPA

Right to Inspect and Review Educational Records:

The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the College receives a request for access. Students should submit to the Registrar, or other appropriate official, written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The College official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the College official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.

Right to Request an Amendment:

Students have the right to request an amendment to educational records that are believed to be inaccurate. Students requesting a change must write the college official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate. If the college decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the college will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.

Right to Consent to Disclosures:

Students have the right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s educational records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. Disclosure without consent is permitted to law enforcement agencies or emergency services agencies in the performance of their duties or when student safety may be in jeopardy.

Right to File Complaint:

Students have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Northwestern College to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is: Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202.

The College is in compliance with Title IV requirements regarding reporting graduation rates, diversity and retention. This information is also available via the NC Student Hub. The following link provides this information; the link will bring you to College Navigator provided by the National Center for Education Statistics.

Bridgeview Campus and NC Online

Academic Standards for All Students

All NC students must maintain satisfactory progress toward completion of their academic program. Northwestern College is a year-round institution of higher learning with 4 quarters of consecutive enrollment. Students who fail to meet the academic progress standards (below) are subject to both academic penalties and the potential loss of eligibility for federal and Illinois student financial aid.

Qualitative Requirement

Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA):
Students must maintain a specified minimum cumulative grade point average within their program as listed in the Satisfactory Progress Table. College-level credits (non-remedial) carrying grades A, B, C, D, or F, are considered in the CGPA calculation. Grades of P, I or W, transfer credits or credits earned by examination or proof of proficiency do not affect the CGPA. Cumulative grade point averages will be recalculated when an “incomplete” (I) grade is updated. If a class is repeated, only the higher grade will be calculated in the GPA.

REPEATED COURSE (R) Forgiveness Policy

Students who earn a D or F in a course have the opportunity to void the effects of the grade in their cumulative GPA by repeating the course and earning a higher grade. The grade received on the last attempt becomes the final grade and will replace all other grades for that course in calculation of the cumulative GPA. All previous attempts will continue to appear on the transcript, but the grades will be “forgiven” and designated on the transcript as “R” for repeated. Students should be aware that repeating a course may result in additional charges.

Quantitative Requirement

Completion Rate: Students must maintain a specified percentage of credit hours completed as listed in the Satisfactory Progress Table. College-level (non-remedial) credits for courses taken at NC or accepted as transfer credit by NC are considered “attempted credits” regardless of the grade received. This includes courses for which grades of A, B, C, D, or P, have been earned. Completion rates will be recalculated when an “incomplete” (I) grade is updated.

Degree Programs

Hours Attempted

Minimum CGPAMinimum % of Hours Completed
1-251.567%
26-501.7567%
51 or more2.067%

Certificate Programs

Hours Attempted

Minimum CGPAMinimum % of Hours Completed
1-121.567%
13 or more2.067%

Maximum Time Frame: Students must complete their academic program within one and one-half times the standard program length as measured in credit hours. All “attempted credits” are included in the maximum timeframe calculation. The maximum timeframe for students with double majors shall be adjusted proportionately to the total credits required for the completion of both programs.

Transfer Credits, Credit by Examination, etc.

Credits accepted for transfer by NC, earned by examination, AP, CLEP, or other similar credits are considered both “attempted” and “completed”, but do not affect the CGPA calculation.

Standards and Procedures

Satisfactory progress is reviewed at the end of each quarter in which a student attends, regardless of whether financial aid was received for that quarter. Each student’s status is determined during that review, and a status is assigned for the next quarter in which a student enrolls. Students whose academic performance is consistent with all academic standards are deemed to be in “good academic standing”. Only college-level credits (non-remedial) will be included in calculating minimum CGPA and completion rates for satisfactory progress. Satisfactory Academic Progress is monitored by the Academic Office.

Warning Status (1 Quarter)

Students who are in good academic standing during a Quarter and subsequently fail to meet the minimum CGPA and/or the minimum percentage of hours completed will be placed in Academic Warning status for the next quarter they attend. Students placed in this status have one quarter to correct or improve the deficiency. Students in Academic Warning status are expected to seek academic advisement and assistance through their student advisor and/or a tutor.

Students placed in this status have one quarter to correct or improve the deficiency.  If a student is unable to move from Warning to Good Academic Standing he or she will be placed on Probation.

Probation Status (1 Quarter)

Students who subsequently fail to meet the minimum CGPA and/or the minimum percentage of hours completed will be placed in Academic Probation status for the next quarter they attend. Students in Academic Probation status are also expected to seek academic advisement and assistance through their student advisor and/or a tutor.

Students placed in this status have one quarter to correct or improve the deficiency and show academic improvement or they will be suspended.

Suspension Status

Students who are in Academic Probation status and do not remove the deficiency by raising their CGPA and/or completion rate to meet the minimum academic standards will be placed on Academic Suspension and lose eligibility for federal and Illinois financial aid. A suspension is appealable under certain conditions (see Appeal Process below). Suspended students may not enroll in the quarter following the assignment of the suspension status but are eligible to petition for readmission after suspension after an absence of one quarter.

If readmission is approved, the student will return to NC in Academic Probation status and will be required to meet with a student advisor. The student will remain in Academic Probation status (and remain ineligible for federal and Illinois student financial aid) until he/she has returned to good academic standing according to the academic standards. A student in Academic Probation status who fails to meet the requirements of his/her academic plan will be dismissed from NC with no further opportunity to appeal.

Appeal Process

A student who is placed on suspension status can appeal the suspension based upon mitigating circumstances. Mitigating circumstances are defined as circumstances beyond the student’s direct control that led to, or substantially contributed to, the student’s academic difficulty. A mitigating circumstance may be personal (i.e. Death of a relative, injury or illness of the student, etc.) or academic (i.e. inappropriate aptitude set for program requirements, learning disability, etc.). Suspended students who wish to appeal must write a letter to the Academic Standards Committee (ASC) which must include:

  • The reason(s) the student failed to meet Academic Progress.
  • A description of what has changed in the student’s situation that will allow the student to demonstrate academic progress at the next evaluation.

Appeal Approval

Maximum Time Frame Appeal

Students who lose eligibility based on Maximum Time Frame may submit an appeal based upon a mitigating circumstance or change of program to have their aid eligibility reinstated. (See Appeal Process)

Regaining Eligibility for Financial Aid Other than Through Appeal

Suspended students who do not submit an appeal or for whom an appeal is denied, may regain eligibility for federal and Illinois student aid by one or more of the following methods:

  1. Making up the deficiencies (regaining good academic standing) by completing coursework at NC as a student in “Academic Restriction” status (without benefit of student financial aid)
  2. Completing coursework at another accredited institution which is accepted for transfer to NC, resulting in compliance with the attempted/completed (quantitative) standard
  3. Returning to NC after an absence of not less than five years and being accepted into an associate degree program. Such acceptance will be based upon professional, academic, and/or personal success during the period of absence. Students readmitted in this manner will have their prior academic record at NC re-evaluated in a manner consistent with transfer students.

Notification

Students will be notified in writing when they are placed on or removed from warning, probation, suspension or restriction status, or have exceeded the maximum time frame.

Professional Licensure Disclosure Statements

MA, DA, Coding, and HIT Students

Northwestern College has reviewed the curriculum in the Medical Assistant, Coding Specialist, Health Information Technology, and Dental Assistant programs and determined that each program meets the educational requirements for certification in the state of Illinois and Indiana.

Northwestern College has not made a determination that the curriculum in these programs meets the State educational requirements for certification in any other state.

Nursing & Radiography Students

Northwestern College has reviewed the curriculum for the Nursing and Radiography programs and determined that each program meets the educational requirements for licensure in the state of Illinois and Indiana.

Northwestern College has not made a determination that the curriculum in these programs meets the State educational requirements for licensure in any other state.

The following information reflects the pass rates for Northwestern College programs that prepare students for licensure, certification, or other qualifying examination. Data for each program is based on the number of students who took and passed the certification or licensure exam during the calendar year.

Dental Assisting Certificate Program

Graduates are eligible to sit for the Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) certification exam offered by American Medical Technologists (AMT).

2020

First Attempt
Number of students taking the RDA4
Number of students who passed4
Pass Rate100%

2019

First Attempt
Number of students taking the RDA1
Number of students who passed1
Pass Rate100%

2018

First Attempt
Number of students taking the RDA1
Number of students who passed1
Pass Rate100%

Health Information Management Baccalaureate in Science Degree
Graduates are eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information (RHIA) exam.

2020

First Attempt
Number of students taking the RHIA2
Number of students who passed2
Pass Rate100%

Health Information Technology Associate in Applied Science degree
Graduates are eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information (RHIT) exam.

2020

First Attempt
Number of students taking the RHIT1
Number of students who passed0
Pass Rate0%

2019

First Attempt
Number of students taking the RHIT4
Number of students who passed3
Pass Rate75%

2018

First Attempt
Number of students taking the RHIT16
Number of students who passed9
Pass Rate56%

Medical Assisting Certificate Program
Graduates are eligible to sit for the Certification Examination Performance (RMA) exam administered by the American Medical Technologists (AMT).

2020

First Attempt
Number of students taking the RMA exam36
Number of students who passed21
Pass Rate64%

2019

First Attempt
Number of students taking the RMA exam52
Number of students who passed38
Pass Rate73%

2018

First Attempt
Number of students taking the RMA exam43
Number of students who passed24
Pass Rate56%

Nursing Associate in Applied Science degree
Information provided by the State of Illinois for individuals taking the NCLEX for the first time.

Student Performance on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)

2020

First Attempt
Number of students taking the NCLEX84
Number of students who passed49
Pass rate58.3%

2019

First Attempt
Number of students taking the NCLEX85
Number of students who passed54
Pass rate63.5%

2018

First Attempt
Number of students taking the NCLEX115
Number of students who passed44
Pass rate38%

Radiologic Technology Associate in Applied Science degree
Information provided by the AART only for individuals taking the exam for the first time within 6 months of graduation.

Student Performance on the ARRT Exam

2020

First Attempt
Number of students taking the AART exam13
Number of students who passed9
Pass Rate69%

2019

First Attempt
Number of students taking the AART exam25
Number of students who passed19
Pass Rate76%

2018

First Attempt
Number of students taking the AART exam13
Number of students who passed16
Pass Rate81%

2020 Annual Retention Rate

Percentage
Certificate Programs87%
Associate Degree Programs89%
Bachelor Degree Programs100%

Student retention rate is measured based on the number of students who are currently considered active students. A student is considered retained as long as he/she are in active status. The College actively manages the student status using the attendance guidance policies in the College Catalog.

Completion Rates for First Time Students

2014 Cohort

Percentage
Completion Rate67%
Total number of students in cohort33
Total number of completions within 150% of normal time22

4 Year Average Completion Rates for First Time Students

2011201220132014
Cohort0457233
Total Completions within 150%014922

Completion Rate: 30%

Financial Assistance Disclosures

Financial Aid is made up of loans, grants, and scholarships. The Financial Aid Department is committed to assisting students through the Financial Aid process. The Financial Aid team is available on campus in person or over the phone to assist students through their Financial Aid application and process.

Contact a Financial Aid Advisor today at:

708-237-5050 ext. 2697

[email protected]

Creating the FSA ID

The financial aid process starts with creating a FSA ID. Students and a parent can apply online through the Department of Education website: https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm. Your FSA ID is used to electronically sign your FAFSA application, additional financial aid forms, make corrections, etc.

Complete your FAFSA

After verifying your FSA ID, you can now complete the free application for federal student aid (FAFSA) at https://www.fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA application will require your basic demographic, school, and tax information. When completing the FAFSA form make sure you list Northwestern College as your school of choice (federal school code #012362) as this will ensure we receive your information in a timely manner. The information that you provide will help the college determine if you are eligible for a Federal Pell Grant, Federal Work Study and Federal Student Loans.

When completing the FAFSA application it is highly recommended that students use the IRS Data retrieval process to transfer information into your FAFSA.

The Department of Education has a review process called ‘verification’. This process randomly selects FAFSA applicants for one of three verification buckets. If your application is selected, you (and your parent if you are a dependent student) will be asked to provide additional information. We will let you know if you were selected for verification and give you a list of necessary documentation. Once your FAFSA application is received, reviewed and all required documentation completed, your Financial Aid Advisor will prepare a financial aid package for you based on your eligibility and financial need as determined by your FAFSA results.

Complete Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note

The next step is completing and signing the Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note. This process can be done quickly and easily on the Department of Education’s website located at https://studentaid.gov/entrance-counseling/ and https://studentaid.gov/mpn/. Entrance Counseling and a Master Promissory Note are required for student loans

Entrance Counseling explains your rights and responsibilities as a student regarding your federal loans. It provides all the details on what the Federal Direct Loan Program is, how the loan process works and what you as a student are responsible for in regards to those loans. It will also provide additional financial resources and other information on how to assist you in affording your education.

The MPN for Direct Subsidized Loans and Direct Unsubsidized Loans is a legal document in which you promise to repay your loan(s) and any accrued interest and fees to the U.S. Department of Education. It also explains the terms and conditions of your loan(s), how interest is calculated and what repayment options are available to you.

Every student at Northwestern College has certain rights and responsibilities. We have listed them here for your convenience. Some of the bulleted points have hyperlinks included; however, for those bulleted points that do not contain a hyperlink, most information can be found in the Northwestern College Catalog or by calling the Financial Aid Office.

Student Rights

Students have the right to obtain from the school:

  • the names of its accrediting or licensing organizations
  • information about the school’s programs; its instructional, laboratory, and other physical
    facilities; and its faculty
  • the cost of attending
  • the College’s policy and the Financial Aid Office’s policy on refunds to students who withdraw or are dropped
  • the types of financial assistance available, including information on all federal, state, local, private and institutional financial aid programs
  • the procedures and deadlines for submitting applications for each available financial aid program
  • the criteria used to select financial aid recipients
  • the process used to determine student financial need. This process includes how costs for tuition and fees, room and board, travel, books and supplies, and personal and miscellaneous expenses are considered in the cost of education. It also includes how resources (such as parental contribution, other financial aid, assets, etc.) are considered in calculating student need
  • the amount of student financial need, as determined by the institution, that has been met
  • the type and amount of assistance in a student financial aid package and an explanation of each award
  • the portion of the financial aid award that consists of loans that must be re-paid, and what portion is grant aid that does not need to be repaid
  • the interest rate on any loan, the total amount for repayment, the length of time for repayment, the date to start repayment and cancellation or deferment provisions that apply
  • how to obtain a reconsideration of an aid package, if they believe that a mistake has been made or if enrollment or if the student’s financial circumstances have changed
  • the policy/process used by the college to determine whether students are making Satisfactory Academic Progress and what happens if students are not
  • any special facilities and services available to persons with disabilities

Student Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of students to:

  • review and consider all information about any of the school’s program’s before enrolling
  • pay special attention to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), complete it accurately and submit it on time at the correct website. Errors can delay or prevent students from receiving aid
  • meet all deadlines for applying or reapplying for aid
  • provide any and all additional documentation, verification, corrections and/or new information requested by the Financial Aid Office, including tax returns and other personal and financial documents
  • read, understand, and keep copies of all forms which they are asked to sign
  • comply with the provisions of any promissory note and all other agreements that they must sign
  • promptly notify the school of any change in name, address, or attendance status (half time, three-quarter time or full time)
  • understand the college’s Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
  • understand the college’s refund policy and the Financial Aid Office’s Return to Title IV Refund policy
  • complete an “Entrance Interview” before borrowing federal student loans; and
  • complete an “Exit Interview” prior to graduation or upon withdrawal from the school, if you have borrowed federal loans
  • honor all copyrights and refrain from unauthorized duplication of copyrighted material

Northwestern College maintains the highest standards of administrative and academic integrity. Our employees conduct themselves in an ethical and professional manner in their interactions with students and families. Northwestern College has set for this policy to codify and clarify our ethics standards with regard to education (student) loan lenders, services and/or guarantors and to provide assurances that questionable practices that have been criticized at other institutions do not occur at Northwestern College.