Additional Financial Resources

GAP Tuition Assistance Program

The following Continuing Education courses have been approved for Free Tuition Assistance:

  • 30 Hour Welding
  • 49 Hour Welding
  • Crane Operator Certification
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Certified Nurse Aide
  • Medication Aide
  • Heavy Equipment Operator

Since non-credit programs are not eligible for federal aid, the GAP/PACE Tuition Assistance Programs bridge the funding gap for students pursuing short-term certificates.

Tuition assistance is available to qualifying students through NCC’s GAP/PACE Tuition Assistance Program.

If your total household annual income falls below 250% of the 2017 Poverty Guidelines, you may be eligible for assistance. Once approved, you will be required to complete the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) exam. Free GAP/PACE tuition assistance limited to ONE course only per person.

PACE Funding

The PACE program at NCC provides needs-based tuition assistance for degree programs aimed at in-demand occupations. Our goal is for students to secure gainful employment in high-quality local jobs.

In addition to tuition assistance, the PACE Navigator can provide participants with personal, career and support services.

Once PACE-approved, participants remain approved as long as they are actively pursuing a degree at NCC with no lapse of attendance for more than two consecutive semesters.

Target Populations

Individuals included in target populations are those individuals who meet one or more of the following:
• Earn incomes at or below 250% of the federal poverty level.

250%—2018 Guidelines
Family Size   Income Guidelines
1                         $30,350
2                         $41,150
3                         $51,950
4                         $62,750
5                         $73,550
6                         $84,350
7                         $95,150
8                        $105,950
For each additional family member add $10,800

• Are unemployed
• Are underemployed
• Are dislocated workers

Family size is determined by applicant’s household members who are related to the applicant by blood or by marriage.
Dependents as claimed on taxes are included.

PACE funding:

• is available to Iowa residents, based on the student’s state of legal residence.

• is meant to supplement, not replace, other forms of financial aid that students may be eligible to receive. All grants,
scholarships, and sponsorships will be applied to eligible expenses before PACE funds are awarded. A student may
be required to complete and file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

• is determined by the availability of funds each semester and may change at any time.

Do you qualify for GAP or PACE?

  1. Complete & submit the GAP-PACE Initial Eligibility form.
  2. A Pathway Navigator will contact you regarding your eligibility status. If it appears that you may qualify, you must complete the GAP-PACE Verification form, provide income documentation, and meet with a Career Pathway Navigator.

NOTE:  Spanish application forms are available upon request.

Contact a Career Pathway Navigator at 712-324-5061 or 800-352-4907.


Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) provides financial assistance to eligible persons with disabilities. For more information contact a DVRS counselor in your area (Sheldon Office – 1022 Third Avenue – 712-324-4864) or the Financial Aid Office.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

The Iowa Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) provides assistance to people experiencing significant barriers to employment. Funding may be available for retraining eligible students. For more information, contact the WIOA counselor in your area (Spencer Office, 217 W 5th Street, P.O. Box 1493 712-262-1971) or the Financial Aid Office.

Scholarship Opportunities

The Northwest Iowa Community College Foundation offers many scholarship opportunities for students attending Northwest Iowa Community College. Complete information regarding individual scholarships is found in the current Northwest Iowa Community College Foundation Scholarship Opportunity Guide. Hard copies are available through the Foundation Office or Admissions Office at NCC.

Call 712-324-5061 or 800-352-4907 for more information.

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