Northwest recognized among lowest net price colleges in the U.S.

    In the wake of the announcement that Northwest Mississippi Community College will keep tuition flat as 11 of Mississippi’s independently governed community colleges and all Mississippi public four-year colleges will raise tuition this fall, Northwest was just published by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center as one of the top 100 public, two-year colleges with lowest net prices in the country.

    “Quality and affordability are the two most important attributes about a Northwest education,” said Northwest President, Dr. Gary Lee Spears. “With careful institutional financial planning, we were able to keep tuition flat this year, and our staff in Financial Aid and the Northwest Foundation make sure that our students are taking advantage of every scholarship and grant they are eligible for. Being published on this list only reiterates what we already knew—that Northwest offers an incredible value to the students we serve.”

    According to U.S. Department of Education, the average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses. Average net price is for full-time beginning undergraduate students who received grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution. Northwest ranked 59th among the top 100 schools in its category. While the national average was $6,711, Northwest’s net price is only $2943 per academic year.

    It is not too late to apply to Northwest for the upcoming fall semester. In fact, financial aid is still available for those who qualify, according to Northwest Director of Financial Aid, Terry Bland. Applicants can attend any one day of Orientation/pre-registration for new fall-entering students that will be held July 9,10, 16 and 17 at all campuses and can complete their registration August 13-14. Adults and Veterans can take advantage of Early Bird Admission Days on the Senatobia campus any Tuesday from July 23-August 6 from 8 a.m.-7 p.m., where they can apply, get help with financial aid and sign up for classes at any Northwest campus (Senatobia, Southaven, Oxford or online) all in one day. Open registration will be held August 15-16, and classes begin August 19.

    For more information, contact the college at (662) 562-3200 or visit the website, www.northwestms.edu.