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You are strongly encouraged to use the IRS Data Retrieval process when completing the 2012-2013 FAFSA. New federal regulations require that students/parents who are selected for verification and have not used the IRS Data Retrieval process when completing the FAFSA must provide the financial aid office with a TAX RETURN TRANSCRIPT (NOT a tax return). You must request a Tax Return Transcript from the IRS.

Effective with the 2012-2013 academic year, Pell grants WILL NOT be available for Ability to Benefit (ATB) students. Students are required to have a GED or Standard, Advanced, or Credit-Based High School Diploma.

Effective with the 2012-2013 academic year, Pell grant eligibility will end after 12 semesters (or equivalent) of full time paid Pell in your lifetime. All prior Pell payments will be considered.

The interest rate on Student loans for enrollment periods on or after July 1, 2012 will double from 3.4% to 6.8%. The origination fee will be 1% with no interest rebate percentage.

Click Here for Financial Aid Code of Conduct - Student Loans

Visit the Financial Aid Office at Northwest-Shoals Community College to apply for financial assistance or to obtain information regarding the cost of tuition and fees. You may email the office to request a financial aid packet. Remember to apply 4-6 weeks before you begin classes. A courteous staff is available to help you complete the forms. Scholarships are generally awarded each spring to take effect the following fall semester. Additional aid is available through outside sponsors for those who qualify. Northwest-Shoals offers a wide variety of Financial Aid in the following areas:


Pell Grant
SEOG (supplemental grant)
Direct Student Loans
Work-Study Program
Click to Learn more about Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

SCHOLARSHIPS (Deadline for institutional scholarships is March 5, 2012)

Academic - General, Leadership, Foundation, etc.
Academic and Applied Technology (see high school counselor)

American Legion Scholarship Application
Athens State University - PTK Scholarship
College Foundation - (Online application)
NW-SCC Scholarship (Download Scholarship Application)
Leadership - SGA, Ambassadors, College Bowl, Clubs and Organizations
Opportunity Scholarship (Download Scholarship Application)
Performing Arts - Vocal, Instrumental, Drama
Senior Citizens - 60 or older

Scholarship applications must be completed and mailed to either The Financial Aid Office or the Northwest-Shoals Foundation Office. The appropriate address is printed on the respective application forms. Deadlines for applying for scholarships may vary. Please contact your high school guidance counselor or email the Northwest-Shoals Financial Aid Office. You may telephone the Financial Aid Office at 256.331.5417 or 256.331.6222 to inquire about deadlines for scholarship applications.


HOPE Scholarship - an actual federal income tax credit
SSIG - State Student Incentive Grant
Knight Grant (AL)
TRA - Job retraining
Vocational Rehabilitation
Various businesses and organizations
Workforce Investment Act (WIA) - Job retraining (formerly JTPA)
Youth Grant (AL)
Scholarship Information for Veterans (Visit GI Bill Website)
          Application for Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance
          Application for VA Education Benefits
          Application for Work-Study Allowance
          Request for Change of Program / Place of Training Survivors & Dependents Educational Assistance
          Request for Approval of School Attendance
          Request for Change of Program or Place of Training

Financial Aid Offices Call Toll Free - 800 . 645 . 8967
Phil Campbell Campus Administration Bldg. (256) 331-6232
Shoals Campus Building 100 (256) 331-5364
On the Web Net Assistance
Northwest-Shoals E-Mail a request for a Financial Aid Packet.
Please provide a Postal mailing address in your E-Mail.
FAFSA on the Web Free application form for federal student aid.
Other Sources Additional Web sites providing assistance
and information regarding financial aid.

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
Statement of Ethical Principles & Code of Conduct for
Institutional Financial Aid Professionals

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