Veterans Services

process for applying for tuition assistance

1.     If you are an actively drilling member of the Army National Guard or US Army Reserves and have served at least 12 months after the graduation from your initial entry training (IET – Basic Training and AIT) you may be eligible to apply for and receive Federal Tuition Assistance.

A.   The deadline to apply for FTA is the start date of the course(s). You must apply for FTA each semester because the application is specific to the courses you are registered for.

B.  Steps for FTA

Students are directed to receive approval from the student’s ESO, military counselor or Service.

• Go to

Upload the required documents

    — Statement of Understanding signed by you and commander

    — Degree Plan (from Registrar’s Office)

    — Class Schedule (from WebAdvisor)

    — Cost Verification/Detailed Bill (from Business Office)

Submit application

    Receive two emails, one indicating application received and one indicating application is approved.

    — Print approved authorizations and provide to the Business Office. This authorization needs to be finalized and submitted to the Business Office prior to the term start date.  

Additional requirements related to obtaining credentials in a given field

Certain programs have additional requirements to earn credentials in a given field. Examples include Practical Nursing, Radiology and Health Information Technology.  

Associate Degree Nursing  | Associate Degree Nursing—Extended

Practical Nursing  |  Practical Nursing—Extended

Radiologic Technology

Health Information Technology

            Medical Coding

transfer agreements

Please contact your Program Advisor regarding how NCC credits will transfer to other institutions.

Advisors – AA, Business, Health, & High School

Program Advisor TRIO Advisor
Accounting/ Clerical AccountingDan Cline Karinne O’Ram
Associate Degree NursingTracy GorterTracy Gorter
Associate of ArtsSarah Breems-Diekevers
Dan Cline
Karinne O’Ram
Business – Diploma, AAS, AADan ClineKarinne O’Ram
Extended Associate Degree NursingTracy GorterTracy Gorter
Extended Practical NursingTracy GorterTracy Gorter
Health Information TechnologyDan ClineKarinne O’Ram
High SchoolSarah Breems-DiekeversKarinne O’Ram
Information Technology Specialist – Diploma/AASDan ClineKarinne O’Ram
Medical CodingDan ClineKarinne O’Ram
Pharmacy TechnicianGreta GieseKarinne O’Ram
Practical NursingTracy GorterTracy Gorter
Pre-Practical Nursing Sonya Newkirk Karinne O’Ram
Transfer Programs – on campusSarah Breems-DiekeversMariah Oliver
Transfer Programs – onlineDan ClineDan Cline
Radiologic TechnologyLisa StoryKarinne O’Ram
Pre-Radiologic TechnologyLisa StoryKarinne O’Ram
Web & Graphic Design Diploma/AASKarinne O’RamKarinne O’Ram
Virtual Administrative Management Dan ClineKarinne O’Ram

Advisors – Applied Technology

ProgramAdvisorTRIO Advisor
AgricultureDan Cline Karinne O’Ram
Automotive & Light Duty Diesel – AS Beth Sibenaller-Woodall Karinne O’Ram
Diesel TechnologyBeth Sibenaller-Woodall Karinne O’Ram
Electrical TechnologyPaula Meyer Karinne O’Ram
Engineering Design

Design Technology
Allie Unrau Karinne O’Ram
Heavy Equipment & MaintenanceBeth Sibenaller-Woodall Karinne O’Ram
Industrial & Commercial WiringPaula Meyer Karinne O’Ram
Industrial Instrumentation & ControlTara Fjeld Karinne O’Ram

Powerline Technology
Jena Schouten Karinne O’Ram
Production Welding

Advanced Welding Tech
Allie Unrau Karinne O’Ram

readmission of service members

Northwest Iowa Community College will promptly readmit a service member with the same academic status as he/she had when last attending the school or accepted for admission to the school.  This requirement applies to any student who cannot attend due to military service.  See definitions below:

Military Service — service, whether voluntary or involuntary, in the armed forces, including service by a member of the National Guard or Reserve on active duty, active duty for training or full time National Guard duty under federal authority for a period of more than 30 consecutive days under a call or order to active duty of more than 30 consecutive days.  This does not include National Guard service under state authority. 

Service Member — someone who is a member of, applies to be a member of, performs, has performed, applies to perform or has an obligation to perform service in the uniformed services on the basis of that membership, application for membership, performance of service, application for service or obligation to perform service. 

The student must notify the school of his/her military service and intention to return to school as follows:

1.  The student must notify the Director of Enrollment the notification of service and notification of intent to return.
The student must give oral or written notice of such service to the school as far in advance as is reasonable under the circumstances. 
The student must also give oral or written notice of his/her intent to return to the school within 3 years after the completed of the period of service.


Northwest Iowa Community College will admit the student with the same academic status, which means:

1.  To the same program to which the student was last admitted or if the program is no longer offered, a program that is comparable to that program unless he/she chooses a different program.
At the same enrollment status, unless the student is readmitted to a different program or unless the students wants to enroll at a different enrollment status.
3. Same number of credit hours unless the student is readmitted to a different program.
With the same academic standing the student previously had unless the student is readmitted to a different program.

veterans educational benefits

The Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (Chapter 30), the Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606), the Reserve Educational Assistance Program – REAP (Chapter 1607), Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation Program (Chapter 31), Post 9/11 GI Bill®, Veterans Education Assistance Program—VEAP, and Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35) provide educational benefits for veterans attending NCC. Information concerning veterans’ educational benefits and applications may be obtained from the Registrar.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at

Iowa National Guard Service Scholarship

This grant provides awards to Iowa National Guard members. The amount of benefit awarded is based on the the state’s annual appropriations. Maximum individual awards cannot exceed the current average tuition rate at Iowa Regent Universities. Eligibility is determined by the Iowa Adjutant General and a new application must be completed each year prior to July 1 for the fall term and December 1 for the spring term.

Students must complete the online Iowa Financial Aid Application or contact the Iowa National Guard Headquarters.

Eligibility requirements include:

  • Iowa resident
  • Member of an Iowa Army or Air National Guard unit for each term the member receives benefits
  • Satisfactorily complete required Guard training
  • Maintain satisfactory performance of Guard duty
  • Pursue a certificate or undergraduate degree at an eligible Iowa college or university (students with BA degrees are not eligible to participate even if pursuing a second BA degree) and maintain satisfactory academic progress
  • Note: A qualified individual cannot receive an INGSS award for more than 120 semester credit hours or the equivalent

Important Phone Numbers

  • Veterans Affairs (VA) general information: 888-442-4551, St. Louis RPO
  • Monthly Verification
    • Verify on WAVE  OR call 877-823-2378
    • NOTE: Chapters 35 and 31 do not have to call in monthly verifications
  • Iowa National Guard
    • State Education Officer: 515-252-4564

Online Resources

US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Tuition Assistance Applications

NOTE: Active duty military personnel and military service veterans attending a Northwest Iowa Community College, as well as their spouses and dependent children, are considered to be Iowa resident for admission, tuition and fee purposes. For further information, please contact the Registrar at 1-800-352-4907.

Tuition & FEES 2022-2023

TUITION 2021-2022
(MN, NE, SD)
Per Semester Credit $194$199$204
Online Per Semester Credit $208$208$208

Student Fee (per credit)$10
Technology Fee (per credit)$8
Graduation Fee (per diploma)$40

* Fees are applicable for all credits for which students are registered.

AWS Sense Fee: (W.Dip, PW.CER) Fall Semester Only$20
Background Check FEE: Practical Nursing & Extended Practical Nursing$65
CDL Fee: HEQ172, PWL170, DSL810 (HE.AAS, PL.DIP, TD.AAS) $185
CNA (tuition)$695
Ceramics Fee: ART163 & ART173 (per credit) $14
Credit for Prior Learning $200
Drug Testing Fee: Diesel Technology, Heavy Equipment, & Powerline Students (non-refundable)
Per Semester
Per Summer Term $25
EMT (tuition & fees)$1950
Nursing Fee: (ATI) each semester (PN.DIP, EPN.DIP, ADN.AAS, EADN.AAS)$462-$694
Rad Tech Boot Camp: RAD322$190
Rad Tech Fee: RAD206$173
Tool Deposit: (ALDD.AAS, TD.AAS) first 5 semesters $350
Fall & Spring Semester

Section 103 of the Veterans Benefits & Transition Act of 2018

Northwest Iowa Community College will not impose any penalty including the assessment of late fees, denial of access to classes, libraries or other institutional facilities and/or the requirements that a Chapter 31 or Chapter 33 recipient borrow additional funds to cover the individual’s inability to meet his or her financial obligations to the institution due to the delayed disbursement of a payment by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.