Additional Financial Resources

GAP Tuition Assistance Program

Since non-credit programs are not eligible for federal aid, the GAP Tuition Assistance Program bridges the funding gap for students pursuing short-term certificates. The following Continuing Education courses have been approved for GAP Tuition Assistance:

  • 30 Hour Welding
  • 49 Hour Welding
  • Crane Operator Certification
  • Medication Aide
  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • Computer Skills for the Workplace
  • Quickbooks

If your total household annual income falls below 250% of federal poverty guidelines, you may be eligible for assistance.

2019 Guidelines
Family Size   Income Guidelines
1                         $31,225
2                         $42,275
3                         $53,325
4                         $64,375
5                         $75,425
6                         $86,475
7                         $97,525
8                        $108,575
For each additional family member add $11,050

Once approved, you will be required to complete the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) exam. GAP tuition assistance limited to ONE course only per person.

PACE Funding

PACE funding is designed to help students secure gainful employment in high-quality, local jobs. PACE is available to Iowa residents, based on the student’s state of legal residence, and 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).

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

PACE tuition assistance is available for:

  • Degree programs aimed at in-demand occupations
  • Certified Nurse Aid training
  • Emergency Medical Technician training

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%—2019 Guidelines
Family Size   Income Guidelines
1                         $31,225
2                         $42,275
3                         $53,325
4                         $64,375
5                         $75,425
6                         $86,475
7                         $97,525
8                        $108,575
For each additional family member add $11,050

  • 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.

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.

DIVISION OF VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION SERVICES

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.

Tuition & Financial Aid