A high-quality yet affordable education that prepares you for the real world is within reach.
A PNW degree is an excellent value but paying for college is a major investment. We’re here to help you navigate the financial aid process.
Federal School Code: 001827
How to Apply
A Step-By-Step Guide
We’ll take you through a financial aid checklist, help you fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and explain what to do next.
CARES Act Emergency Funding
The U.S. Congress has provided funds to help students impacted by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, through a law known as the CARES Act. To assist qualifying students impacted by COVID-19, PNW has established a CARES Act Emergency Funding application
Funding is available for allowable expenses for students in eligible programs who meet the requirements outlined in the application. The application provides an opportunity for you to recover related expenses for such items as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare. (Please see the application for additional details.)
The application deadline is Thursday, May 28, 2020 for priority consideration of funds. A committee will review all applications and all applicants will be notified via email of approvals and denials. Please allow up to two weeks after the deadline for review of your application, and continue to check your PNW email and our website for information.
To be eligible, you must have a FAFSA on file with the Office of Financial Aid or be eligible to file a FAFSA. Only students who are or could be eligible to participate in the federal student aid programs may receive emergency financial aid grants. If you have not filed a FAFSA, more detailed eligibility information is outlined at the beginning of the CARES Act Emergency Funding application
Types of Financial Aid
When we talk about “financial aid,” we’re actually talking about several different types of assistance.
Grants are based on financial need and, unlike loans, do not have to be repaid. The federal government and the State of Indiana both award need-based grants.
Scholarships are a form of aid recognizing financial need and student achievement. PNW automatically considers all freshmen applicants for merit-based scholarships. Students may also apply for a number of specialty PNW scholarships and external scholarships.
Nearly every student from the United States completing a FAFSA and meeting financial aid requirements is eligible for some form of federal loan. Federal student loans offer fixed interest rates that are usually lower than private loans, and they have more flexible repayment and deferment options.
The Federal Work Study program provides part-time jobs for eligible students. The money earned through work study jobs is paid directly to the student, to help with living and educational expenses.
Key Dates and Deadlines
Fall 2020 Deadlines (2020-21 Aid Year)
|FAFSA Available for 20-21 aid year||October 1, 2019|
|PNW Scholarship Application Due||February 1, 2020|
|FAFSA must be received by this date for state aid*|
*This deadline has been extended to April 27, 2020 for 2020-21.
|April 27, 2020|
|2020-21 FAFSA Deadline - apply early, as some federal funds are limited||June 30, 2021|
Calculate Your Costs
The cost of your PNW education varies based on where you live, what you’re studying, and of course, your financial aid package.
Net Price Calculator
Estimate your net cost: your total cost of attendance (tuition, living expenses, etc.) after anticipated financial aid.
Estimate Tuition and Fees
Estimate your baseline tuition and fees based on where you live, your major and how many credits you’ll be taking. This estimate does not include any financial aid.