Work Study

Financial Aid

Welcome to the NORTHWEST MISSISSIPPI COMMUNITY COLLEGE electronic financial aid office! We’re here to help with any questions you have regarding financial aid.Whether you are beginning the financial aid process or are a returning student, we’re here to assist you. The major responsibility of the Northwest Financial Aid Department is to inform students of financial opportunities in order to meet post-secondary costs through a program of grants, loans, work-study and scholarships.

Please use the Financial Aid Menu to progress through Steps 1-9.Office Locations

  • Senatobia campus Yalobusha Hall, Suite 103 Telephone: (662) 562-3271
  • DeSoto Campus Suite 233 Telephone (662) 996-1939
  • Oxford Campus Suite 100 Telephone (662) 238-7944
This stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. FAFSA School Code 002427 If you want to apply for ANY of the financial aid funds listed below, you MUST complete the FAFSA form.
  • Federal Grants (Pell Grant and SEOG)
  • Mississippi Tuition Assistance Grant
  • County Tuition Assistance Program
  • Scholarships
  • Work Study
  • Federal Student Loans
This means that you must complete the FAFSA before registering for any classes. WHAT TO DO AFTER COMPLETING THE FAFSA
  • Approximately 5 days after completing the FAFSA, go to NWCC Verification to create your Verification Account.
  • If you are a returning student you will use your existing Verification Account.
  • If you are a NEW student, click on the Financial Aid tab then Verification to create your account. If you’re a DEPENDENT student your parent will need to create an account as well with HIS/HER email.
  • Use a preferred email address and cell phone number for email and text notification options about important documents we may need from you. Also include your NWCC Student ID.
  • All future financial aid correspondence will be directed through your new verification account, myNWCC & NWCC Webmail. Be sure to check these accounts FREQUENTLY.
  • When the FAFSA form is complete go to the next step.
Grants are available to Mississippi residents. Also, residents in the 4 counties below can apply for additional grants under the Tuition Assistance program. If you are not applying for any Mississippi or County grants, go to the next step. Mississippi Grants Tuition Assistance Program: Benton, Calhoun, Lafayette and Marshall  Counties. TAP-MAP-MS.fwThe TAP is coordinated with federal aid, state aid, and scholarship funds to assure that Benton County, Calhoun County,Lafayette County and Marshall  County residents’ tuition will be paid at Northwest Mississippi Community College for four consecutive, regular semesters. Your participation in this program is contingent upon your compliance with a few requirements and availability of program funds.    Application Forms
Scholarships at Northwest   Whether you're an athlete, writer, musician, artist, or dancer, scholarship opportunities abound at Northwest. Approximately one fourth of all full-time, in-state Northwest students receive financial aid in the form of scholarships, and new scholarships are being endowed each year through donations to the Northwest Foundation. Students participating in cheerleading, intercollegiate sports, fine arts, publications, and other interest areas also receive scholarships.

If you are not applying for scholarships go to the next step: 

All scholarship recipients must complete the Northwest Application for Admission and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (www.fafsa.gov). All scholarships are awarded prior to the fall semester, and a student can receive only one type of scholarship award. Academic scholarship (Presidential, June S. Gardner, Leadership, etc.) forms must be completed by April 1. A scholarship may be altered by the amount of Federal financial aid awarded. Scholarship recipients must maintain full-time status for at least six weeks. PLEASE NOTE SCHOLARSHIPS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE TO MISSISSIPPI RESIDENTS. You may apply for two types of scholarships: One from Section A and one from section B. A separate form for each is required.

 

SECTION A

Which scholarship should you apply for? (only one from this section) If you have a combined ACT score of 20 or more, apply for the Presidential Scholarship here. If you have a combined ACT score of 15-19, apply for the Leadership Scholarship here. If you are a GED/HiSET graduate, apply for the GED/HiSET Scholarship here. If you are age 25 or more apply for the Adult Scholarship here.

 

SECTION B

Any student may apply for a foundation scholarship. They may apply for the Foundation on its own, or in addition to applying for any ONE of the scholarships in Section A. Apply here.

FULL DETAILS & SPECIAL SCHOLARSHIPS

ADULT SCHOLARSHIP Requirements: Age 25 years or more, enrolled in 15 or more hours, must complete FAFSA, must maintain 2.5 cumulative GPA. Admissions Application. Scholarship applications are reviewed by a committee and awarded based on financial need, credit hours previously earned and academic achievement. Must be a resident of Mississippi. Deadlines: Fall semester - apply by July 1st. Spring semester - apply by November 1st. Amount: up to $750 Toward: tuition and fees per semester. Does not cover books. Payable for 2 years (Fall & Spring semesters). Apply online.

GED/HiSET - HOWARD CARPENTER HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY SCHOLARSHIP Requirements: GED/HiSET graduate, enrolled in 15 or more hours. Admissions Application. GED score 625 or more. Amount: $750 Toward: tuition, room, board and fees. Does not cover books. Apply online

PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP Requirements: MS resident, ACT score 20 or higher, enrolled in 15 or more hours, must complete FAFSA, must maintain 2.5 cumulative GPA. Admissions Application. Deadline: April 2, 2018 Amount: ACT 20-22: up to $750, ACT 23-28: up to $1500, ACT 29 & above: up to $3150. Toward: tuition, room, board and fees. Does not cover books.  Apply online.

LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP Requirements: MS resident, ACT score 15-19 . "B" High school average, enrolled in 15 or more hours, must complete FAFSA, must maintain 2.5 cumulative GPA. Admissions Application.  Resume showing leadership qualities. Letter of recommendation. Deadline: April 2, 2018 Amount: up to $500. Toward: tuition, room, board and fees. Does not cover books. Apply online.

FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP Requirements: MS resident,  enrolled in 15 or more hours, must complete FAFSA, must maintain 2.5 cumulative GPA. Admissions Application. Letter of recommendation. Resume. Deadline: April 2, 2018 Toward: tuition, room, board and fees. Can cover books. Amount: varies. Apply here.

Special Scholarships
The three scholarships below are awarded directly. Full time employees of NWCC and their family members should use the forms below. External Scholarships  
WORK-STUDY AT NORTHWEST 

If you do not want to apply for Work-Study funding, go straight to the next step.

Important Note. We are now accepting Work-Study Applications for Fall 2017.

What is Work-Study? The work-study program provides on-campus jobs for students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses.Positions are available in various locations on campus. See below for job descriptions list.

How much will I make? Your work-study wages will be $7.25 per hour for the 2016-2017 school year. The school will pay you directly at least once a month. It is the student’s responsibility to present their student identification card to pick up their check from the Business Office or endorse it to the school to credit their account.

Can I work as many hours as I want? No. The amount you earn cannot exceed your total work-study award. Awards can range from 30 – 40 hours per month. When awarding work-study, all financial aid (scholarships, loans, grants, etc.) is considered. Not everyone who applies will qualify. Work-study must go to eligible housed students first.

How do I apply for work-study? A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must first be completed at www.fafsa.ed.gov and you must indicate that you are interested in work-study.

What if I am awarded work-study? Students awarded work-study must complete paperwork with signatures from student and supervisor. You must provide a copy of your drivers' license or student identification card and social security card or birth certificate BEFORE you can start work. You will have two weeks to provide this information. If not provided in that time frame, your work-study will be removed. If you are awarded and choose to decline the award, you must notify the Financial Aid Office immediately. Please click below for a Job Description, pay schedule or time sheets.

Verification is a process in which the U.S. Department of Education requires schools to collect documents, in order to check the accuracy of the information submitted on the FAFSA. Schools are prohibited from awarding financial aid, until the Verification process is complete.

You MUST wait 5 days after filing your FAFSA form before creating your Verification account. 

Students Create your Verification account  |  Students with existing accounts login here Parents Create your Verification accountParent with existing accounts login here
Since the U.S. Department of Education randomly selects FAFSA’s for Verification, you must create an online Verification Account, at Northwest MS Community College
After your account has been created you will immediately see any forms that must be completed. Follow the instructions and once you have completed all requirements click on the Finish button. We will review your documents and your Verification account will alert you if there is any more information we need. Please respond quickly to any text message or email from Verification so that your application is not held up.

Important note - DO NOT SEND YOUR INFORMATION BY EMAIL TO US. Always login to your Verification account and only submit your forms there.      
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Please read the information below. Next complete the required forms, which are listed at the bottom of this page.
Northwest Mississippi Community College is committed to serving our enlisted personnel, veterans, and their families. We encourage you to visit the Financial Aid Office if you need assistance.
 
CONTACT INFORMATION Senatobia Campus Contacts:
Michael Johnson, Financial Aid Counselor Email: mijohnson@northwestms.edu Telephone: (662) 562-3693
 
Jennifer Luna, Director of Financial Aid Email: jluna@northwestms.edu Physical Location: Yalobusha Hall, Suite 103
 
Desoto Campus Contact: Jessica Poole, Financial Aid Counselor Email: jpoole@northwestms.edu Telephone: (662) 280-6143 Physical Location: Financial Aid Office, Suite 233
 
FIRST TIME RECIPIENT
 
To apply for your VA benefits, go to www.vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp. If you do not have an account, click on I am a New VONAPP User. If you have set up your account already, click on I Have Used VONAPP Before. Complete your VONAPP. You may need your military records (i.e. DD214) with you to assist you in entering the data requested. After you have completed the VONAPP, the VA will review your application and, if approved, the VA will mail a Certificate of Eligibility to the mailing address you provided on the VONAPP. In order to certify your VA benefits at Northwest, we will need:
  1. A copy of your Certificate of Eligibility, and
  2. A completed and submitted online Certification for VA Benefits
  3. The School Certifying Official will print your schedule and Degree Plan. (preregistered or final)

The Certificate of Eligibility only has to be submitted during your initial certification (unless your Chapter changes). The Certification for VA Benefits must be submitted each semester that you attend and plan to receive VA benefits. If you change your major after your initial certification, you must submit a completed and signed VA Form 1995. If you are a Dependent of a Veteran and change your major after your initial certification, you must submit a completed and signed VA Form 5495. These forms are below.

RETURNING STUDENT

If you have used your VA Education Benefits at Northwest previously, we will need: 1. A completed and submitted online Certification for VA Benefits 2. The School Certifying Official will print your schedule and Degree Plan (preregistered or final) If you changed your major this semester, you must submit a completed and signed VA Form 1995. If you are a Dependent of a Veteran and changed your major this semester, you must submit a completed and signed VA Form 5495. These forms can be found below.

VERIFY ATTENDANCE

You need to verify your attendance every month before payment is issued if you are receiving one of the following:

  • Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty (Chapter 30)
  • Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606)
  • Reserve Educational Assistance Program – REAP (Chapter 1607)
  • Veterans Retraining Assistance Program – VRAP

Follow the link to enter the Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) to verify your enrollment online. You can also call 1-877 VA-ECERT (1-877-823-2378) to verify by telephone. You do not need to verify your attendance if you are receiving Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33).

QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR BENEFITS If you have questions about your benefits (i.e. book stipend, BAH/MAH, or payment amounts/frequency, processing duration, etc.), you will need to contact the Department of Veterans Affairs at 888-442-4551.

Veterans Forms Section

HELPFUL LINKS
Before you start your application, play the short video below and make sure you understand what a Student Loan is. https://youtu.be/7vyXLW4dvzs

Click here for the Fall 2017 Loan Acceptance Form

myNWCC is Northwest's central point of information for your financial aid. Check it frequently to monitor your aid progress.
Click here to go to myNWCC.
For help on accessing myNWCC click here.

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