Most Northland Community & Technical College students are eligible to receive some type of financial aid. Get started by applying for financial aid.
Applying for Financial Aid
Apply for financial aid EARLY, and remember to REAPPLY for each school year in attendance. A school year is fall, spring, and summer semesters. To apply for financial aid, you must complete the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can submit the FAFSA beginning October 1, 2022, using 2021 tax information for the 2023-2024 academic year (Fall 2023; Spring 2024; Summer 2024).
To complete the FAFSA in Spanish, after clicking on the link for the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) above, click “Espanol” in the upper right-hand corner of the website.
- The first recommended step in completing the FAFSA is to create an FSA ID and password. For students required to supply parent(s) information, one parent will also need to create an FSA user id and password. It is VERY important that you save this information. You will need your FSA user id and password to sign and submit your FAFSA. You will also need it to complete the student loan process.
- Northland’s School code is: 002385 (Northland will be listed with the Thief River Falls address – this is correct as East Grand Forks and Thief River Falls are one college)
- Many students might need to provide additional information (for example, tax documents, transcripts, residency information, or documentation of high school graduation). If further information is required, Northland will send a letter outlining the information or documentation needed. It is important to respond promptly to any information requests, as all requested information must be received before financial aid awards can be processed.
- An email notification will be sent when your financial aid offer is available. You will be able to view your financial aid offer online through your eServices account. Paper copies are not mailed.
- Work Study and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) awards are based on early application and eligibility requirements.
- MN State Grant deadline – The Federal processor must receive your FAFSA no later than 30 days after the start of the semester. If your FAFSA is received after the MN State Grant deadline, you will not be eligible for the MN grant for that semester.
- Pell Grant enrollment deadline – You must be registered for all classes by the Pell Grant enrollment date. Classes added after the enrollment date are not eligible for Pell Grant.
Financial Aid Checklist
Northland provides a checklist to help facilitate the financial aid process to make it as easy as possible.
Financial Aid Disbursement
The Business Office oversees the distribution of a student’s financial aid refund.
Here is how it works:
When your financial aid is disbursed, the computer system determines your number of registered credits and adjusts accordingly any grant eligibility you may have. (Federal and State Grants will apply to your student account automatically. Loans require a separate application to be completed before funds will disburse.) Your financial aid (i.e., grants, scholarships, or loans) will transfer electronically to your student account. If there is more than enough financial aid to pay your tuition, fees, and any other charges owed to the college, a refund for the difference will be distributed to you by the Business Office in either the form of direct deposit or a check mailed to your address on file. We encourage you to have your financial aid refund directly deposited into your checking or saving account because it is the fastest and safest disbursement method. To sign up for direct deposit, you will do so in your eServices account. Students must sign up one week before funds are disbursed. Direct deposit setup instructions and information on disbursement dates can both be accessed at the links below.
Students may be required to return a portion of their financial aid (Title IV) due to not completing all their classes in a semester. Northland processes “Return to Title IV” calculations within 30 days of the date it is determined that the student withdrew or stopped attending. Northland returns funds back to the Title IV programs within 45 days of that date.
Here are some examples of when financial aid needs to be paid back.
- A student’s financial aid award will be recalculated for any class in which the student never showed attendance. As a result, you may owe tuition and fees after financial aid funds are recalculated. Federal regulations require that a student must show attendance in each class for which financial aid was received.
- A student who receives Federal financial aid (Title IV) and then withdraws from all classes, whether officially or unofficially (just stops attending without telling the Northland Records office) on or before the 60% date of each semester will be required to repay a portion of their financial aid.
Your FSA ID
The FSA ID is made up of a username and password required to access certain U.S. Department of Education online systems. It will be used to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information and electronically signing your free application for federal student aid (FAFSA) and other federal student aid documents. (For students required to supply parent(s) information, one parent will also need to apply for a FSA ID).
Statement of Ethical Principles
The primary goal of the financial aid professional is to help students achieve their educational goals through financial support and resources. NASFAA (National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators) members are required to exemplify the highest level of ethical behavior and demonstrate the highest level of professionalism. We, financial aid professionals, declare our commitment to the following Statement of Ethical Principles.
Financial Aid Administrators shall:
1. Advocate for students
a. Remain aware of issues affecting student and continually advocate for their interest at the institutional, state and federal levels.
b. Support federal, state and institutional efforts to encourage students, as early as the elementary grades, to aspire to and plan for education beyond high school.
2. Manifest the highest level of integrity
a. Commit to the highest level of ethical behavior and refrain from conflict of interest or the perception thereof.
b. Deal with others honestly and fairly, abiding by our commitments and always acting in a manner that merits the trust and confidence others have placed in us.
c. Protect the privacy of individual student financial records.
d. Promote the free expression of ideas and opinions and foster respect for diverse viewpoints within the profession.
3. Support student access and success
a. Commit to removing financial barriers for those who want to pursue postsecondary learning and support each student admitted to our institution.
b. Without charge, assist students in applying for financial aid funds.
c. Provide services and apply principles that do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, disability, age, or economic status.
d. Understand the need for financial education and commit to educate students and families on how to responsibly manage expenses and debt.
4. Comply with federal and state laws
a. Adhere to all applicable laws and regulations governing federal, state and institutional financial aid programs.
b. Actively participate in ongoing professional development and continuing education programs to ensure ample understanding of statutes, regulation and best practices governing the financial aid programs.
c. Encourage colleagues to participate in the financial aid professional associations available to them at the state, regional or national level and offer assistance to other aid professionals as needed.
5. Strive for transparency and clarity
a. Provide our students and parents with the information they need to make good decisions about attending and paying for college.
b. Educate students and families through quality information that is consumer-tested when possible. This includes (but is not limited to) transparency and full disclosure on award notices.
c. Ensure equity by applying all need-analysis formulas consistently across the institution’s full population of student financial aid applicants.
d. Inform institutions, students and parents of any changes in financial aid programs that could affect their student aid eligibility.
6. Protect the privacy of financial aid applicants
a. Ensure that student and parent private information provided to the financial aid office by financial aid applicants is protected in accordance with all state and federal statutes and regulation, including FERPA and the Higher Education Act, Section 483(a)(3)(E) (20 U.S.C. 1090).
b. Protect the information on the FAFSA from inappropriate use by ensuring that this information is only used for the application, award and administration of aid awarded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act, state aid or aid awarded by eligible institutions.