Grants are funds that can be used for your college education, and they do NOT need to be repaid. Opportunities include:

  • Federal and state grants
  • Northwestern grants
  • Legacy Grant

When you complete the FAFSA, you may become eligible for federal and state grants based on your financial need:

  • Available to eligible students with demonstrated financial need
  • Awards up to $5,775
  • Available to students who intend to teach in a high-needs field (bilingual education or English language acquisition, foreign language, math, reading specialist, science, special education) in a school that serves students from low-income families
  • Awards up to $3,708 per year
  • Requires a 3.25 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Recipients who fail to meet the conditions for the TEACH Grant must repay the grant
  • Learn more about the TEACH Grant Program
  • Available up to four years to Iowa students who attend a private college in Iowa
  • Awards are $5,340 during 2015–16 for students with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) under $13,501
  • Learn more about the Iowa Tuition Grant
  • Available to students with demonstrated financial need and evidence of academic potential
  • Award amounts are determined after we review your FAFSA information
  • Amounts are renewable each year

Legacy Grants are available to full-time students with a family or church connection to Northwestern. They are not given based on FAFSA information. Students are eligible for a Legacy Grant if they meet any of the following criteria:

  • A parent or grandparent attended Northwestern full time for at least 3 semesters
  • A sibling is currently enrolled full time or has graduated from NWC
  • A parent is currently an ordained pastor/overseas missionary
  • The student participated in a Reformed Church in America (RCA) congregation immediately prior to enrolling at Northwestern

Students receive a $1,500 Legacy Grant if they meet any of the above criteria, and the grant remains in effect for up to 4 years.