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Making College Affordable



For many students and parents, loans represent an important resource to help finance your investment in education. Since Northwestern College is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, we are able to participate in the Federal Student Loan Program, which allows students and their parents to borrow money to help fund their educational program. A loan is money that will need to be paid back. In fact, 99% of our students receive some form of financial aid. Our Financial Aid Department will be able to answer your questions regarding student loans and discuss repayment options.

Direct Subsidized Loans

Direct Subsidized Loans are available to undergraduate students with financial need. While in school at least half-time, the interest is subsidized by the federal government. 

Direct Unsubsidized Loans

The Direct Unsubsidized Loan may be used instead of or in conjunction with the Direct Subsidized Loan; however, interest on Direct Unsubsidized Loans begins to accrue at disbursement.

Direct PLUS Loans

Parents of dependent students may borrow up to the cost of attendance, minus other financial aid, based on credit approval. Dependent students whose parents are denied a Direct PLUS Loan may borrow an additional Direct Unsubsidized Loan.

Alternative Loans

These loans are a flexible alternative for students who want help managing the cost of a college education. Students may borrow up to the cost of their undergraduate education, less financial aid. These loans are credit-based and are available after all federal and state financial aid options are exhausted.

Tuition Flex Program

This loan may be used to cover the gap between financial aid and tuition cost once all available financial resources have been exhausted. Students may be eligible to borrow up to $5,000 each academic year for a total of $10,000 funding in the Tuition Flex program, which varies by program. The Financial Aid Advisors are able to assist with any questions regarding this option.” The interest rate is dependent on the terms of the loan. If enrolled in the autopay option with the Tuition Flex program, your GAP loan may be reduced by 2%. 

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