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How to Apply for Financial Aid

How To Apply For Financial Assistance

We understand the process of applying for Financial Aid can be intimidating; however, our Financial Aid professionals are here to help you each step of the way. Our experienced financial assistance representatives can assist you through the entire process including completing the FAFSA form, signing a Master Promissory Note or answering questions about the verification process (if you’re chosen by the Department of Education). Our Representatives can identify the federal aid programs that may help you meet your needs and guide you through each process. Contact our office; we’re here to help!

Bridgeview Campus – (708) 237-5050

1. Creating a FSA ID

The beginning point for all federal aid starts with creating a FSA ID. Students and a parent (if the student is a dependent) can apply online through the Department of Education’s website: Your FSA ID is used to electronically sign your FAFSA application and other financial aid forms and review, correct and/or retrieve your financial aid documents.


2. Complete your FAFSA

The next step is completing and signing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. This process can be done quickly and easily on the Department of Education’s website located at When completing the FAFSA form make sure you list Northwestern College as your school of choice (our federal school code is #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.


3. Complete Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note

The last 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 An Entrance Counseling and a Master Promissory Note need to be completed prior to NC being able to receive any loan disbursements on your behalf. The entrance counseling also helps you to understand your responsibilities regarding your loan.


4. Meet with Your Financial Aid Representative

If you have not done so by step 3, please make an appointment with your financial aid representative as soon as possible. It is critical for you to work with our financial aid professionals to review your FAFSA, make any necessary corrections, turn in any outstanding documents required by the Department of Education and have any questions you may have answered as soon as possible. Please contact the Financial Aid office at 708-237-5050.

PLEASE NOTE: It is very important that all of your financial aid paperwork is completed as soon as possible so that your financial aid can be processed and completed in a timely manner.

Bridgeview 1.708.237.5000 - 7725 S. Harlem Ave. Bridgeview, IL 60455