Financial Aid & Tuition

Tuition and Fees

Tuition Costs:

High School In-District: No Tuition Cost
High School Out-of-District: $11,337 per semester
High school students who attend school in the Northwest Technology Center District may attend without paying tuition; however, additional fees for courses will be the responsibility of the student.

Adult In-District: $2.00 per hour
Adult Out-of-District: $4.00 per hour

A full-time student attends 6 hours per day and a half-time student attends 3 hours per day in either the AM or PM.

Click here for district information.

Additional Adult Fees:

Automotive Collision: $0.50 per hour Materials Fee
Automotive Technology: $0.50 per hour Materials Fee
Bio-Medical Science and Technology – High School only – no fees apply
Business and Information Technology: $0.50 per hour Materials Fee
Construction Technology: $0.50 per hour Materials Fee
Culinary: $0.50 per hour Materials Fee
Digital Design: $0.50 per hour Materials Fee
Health Careers Certification: $0.50 per hour Materials Fee, $75 Immunization Fee, and $60 Testing Fee*
Practical Nursing: additional fees, please contact PN Secretary Kate Nickel at 580-327-0344 for more information
Welding Technology: $0.50 per hour Materials Fee

*The Immunization Fee for Health Careers Certifications is paid in full at the beginning of the semester. (The HBV is a series of three shots over several months). The testing Fee for Health Careers Certifications applies only to students taking State Exams for Long-Term Care Aide/Home Health Aide.

Payments Due for Career Options

Payments for career options are calculated by the clock hours that will be attended by the student during the school year.  Payment of the tuition and fees for the first half of the career option is expected by the 10th day of enrollment in that career option unless prior arrangements have been made or the student is eligible to receive financial aid to cover costs incurred by the student.  Payments will be divided into semesters or financial aid payment periods.  Payment for the second half of the tuition and fees due will be expected by the beginning of the second semester or financial aid payment period.  Students who do not make payments in accordance with district policies will be withdrawn from their career option.

EXCEPTION:  Practical Nursing tuition and fees are due in three trimester payments.  Please see the Practical Nursing Handbook which can be obtained at the Central Offices in Alva and Fairview or contact Practical Nursing Director Diane Duffy at 580-327-0344 for more information.

Students applying for financial assistance will be able to defer payment until a determination of eligibility is made.  If prior or advanced standing credit is granted to an adult student for previous educational or training experiences, such credit will be documented in the student’s file and the student will not be charged tuition or fees for the advanced standing credit hours.

Students receiving financial aid who did not meet Satisfactory Academic Progress for the previous payment period will be placed on warning status in the current payment period.  Students may receive financial aid assistance during their warning period; however, if they do not meet satisfactory progress requirements during their warning period, they will be placed on suspension and will not be eligible for financial aid.  Students on suspension must pay tuition and materials fees for the remainder of their career option by the 10th day of their suspended pay period.  Students may appeal their financial aid suspension.  For appeal process, please see the Financial Aid Policies and Procedures Handbook.

Institutional Refund Policy

If a student drops or withdraws from a program/career option at NWTC before completion, refunds will apply as follows:

On or before the 1st day of class through the 10th day of class — 100% refund*

*Practical Nursing refunds will be evaluated on a case by case basis determined by the Assistant Superintendent depending on items/supplies already used by the student.

After the 10th day of class — 0% refund

Return of Title IV repayment formulas will be used for all students receiving Pell Grants in all long term programs.  Please see the ‘Title IV Return of Funds’ section of this handbook for calculations and additional information.  For VA Educational Beneficiaries, Title 38 refund policies will be followed.  Please see the ‘VA Educational Beneficiaries Policies’ section of the Student Handbook  handbook for detailed information.

The student can expect a refund to be mailed to him/her within (20) working days if he/she has provided the school with a forwarding address. Should a student believe the individual circumstances warrant exceptions from this published policy the student may appeal in writing to the Assistant Superintendent.  The appeal must be addressed to Northwest Technology Center, Assistant Superintendent, 801 Vo-Tech Drive, Fairview, OK  73737; Northwest Technology Center, Assistant Superintendent, 1801 Eleventh Street, Alva, OK  73717.

Financial Aid

The following types of financial aid are available at Northwest Technology Center

Click here for the NWTC Financial Aid Information Sheet.

Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is a federally funded grant program which provides funds for educational expenses to adult students who attend post-secondary education. Pell Grants do not have to be repaid. Pell Grant amounts are dependent on the student’s expected family contribution (EFC) as determined by the U.S. Department of Education using a standard formula to evaluate the financial information reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the cost of attendance (as determined by the school), the student’s enrollment status (full-time or part-time), and whether the student attends for a full academic year or less.

Click Here for a list of Financial Aid eligible Career Options

Steps to Apply

All adult students are encouraged to apply for financial aid.

Complete the “Free Application for Federal Student Aid” (FAFSA) online at

  • Create a FSA ID to serve as an electronic signature
  • Identify NWTC as your school code choice on the FAFSA application.
  • NWTC’s Federal Code for both the Alva and Fairview Campuses is 026000.

Click here for the Criteria, Application, and Disbursement Process for a Federal Pell Grant

Click here for the Attendance, Leave of Absence, and Satisfactory Academic Progress Policies

Click here for Refunds, Withdrawals, and Return of Title IV Financial Aid Information

Additional Information

Additional information is available by clicking on links below:

Otha Grimes Scholarship

This scholarship is administered by the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education Foundation and offered in the Fall and Spring to students who might not qualify for other financial aid.

Scholarships are to be used for expenses that directly relate to a student attending a technology center class. Allowable expenses include: tuition, mileage to and from school, books, uniforms, conference registration fees, school supplies, and childcare, if not paid by another source.

Application and instructions for the Otha Grimes scholarship may be downloaded below:

For more information about the Otha Grimes scholarship, please contact Karen Koehn, Career Counselor, at the Alva Campus at 580-327-0344 or Jane Harris, Career Counselor, at the Fairview Campus at 580-227-3708.

Northwest Technology Center Foundation Student Scholarships

Each year a portion of the monies raised by the Foundation will go to support scholarships for deserving students. This financial assistance may include books, tuition, and other educational costs. The Foundation Scholarship committee assists in the establishment of scholarships and the selection of the recipients.

Click here to download the NWTC Foundation Scholarships application in PDF format.

For more information about NWTC Foundation Scholarships, please contact Melinda Barton, Marketing and Foundation Director at 580-327-0344.

Oklahoma CareerTech Foundation Scholarships

The Oklahoma CareerTech Foundation has scholarships available for CareerTech students and CareerTech educators.  Please click here for more information and applications.

Northwest Tech Tuition Waiver

The NW Tech Tuition Waiver allows 75% of tuition costs to be waived for eligible students.  The student will be responsible for program fees as well as the remaining amount of tuition.  Eligibility for this award includes adult students who graduate from high school or successfully complete a high school equivalency diploma, while residing in the NWTC District.  Students must also be currently living in the NWTC District to receive the award.  The NW Tech Tuition Waiver can be used within 3 school years from the time of high school graduation or receiving the high school equivalency diploma.  The student may choose to attend NWTC half-time or full-time within the 3 school year timeframe.  The NW Tech Tuition Waiver can be used towards tuition for one Career Option within a daytime Career Program.  Waiver awards will vary depending upon the length of the Career Option chosen by the student. There is no dollar amount tied to this tuition waiver.  Recipients of the NW Tech Tuition Waiver are required to maintain a minimum grade of C (2.0 GPA) and minimum attendance of 90%.  To be considered for this award, an application for the NW Tech Tuition Waiver must be completed along with an application for enrollment and an official high school transcript or copy of high school equivalency diploma.  Students who receive a tuition waiver will still be able to apply for other financial aid.

Click here to download Northwest Tech Tuition Waiver in PDF format.

Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant Program (OTAG)

The Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant program is a need-based grant program for Oklahoma residents who attend eligible colleges, universities, and career technology centers in Oklahoma. Awards are approved for full-time or half-time students.  Eligible students must meet all of the general eligibility requirements for the Federal Pell Grant Program, must be an Oklahoma resident, and must demonstrate financial need as determined by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.   For best consideration, the student needs to have filed a FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1st.

Oklahoma's Promise

Oklahoma’s Promise (formerly OHLAP) offers qualified Oklahoma students an opportunity to earn a scholarship to assist with tuition costs.  In order to qualify, students must apply during their 8th, 9th or 10th grade year of school and complete a required list of academic classes in high school with a GPA of 2.5 or higher.  Student eligibility is determined by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE).  Students are required to file a FAFSA for each year they attend post-secondary education to provide the required income verification.  Eligibility is dependent upon enrollment in a financial aid approved career option.

Practical Nursing Scholarship Opportunities

Physician’s Manpower is a nursing student scholarship/loan assistance program that is forgiven/repaid by a work obligation. Application must be made by June 30th at

Northwest Nursing Coalition in conjunction with the Northwest Oklahoma Area Health Education Center, Rural Health Projects, and Physician’s Manpower offers a nursing student scholarship/loan assistance program.

Click Here for the application. For more information contact Carol Williams at

Pioneer Telephone Cooperative Scholarship is for landline subscribers or their legal dependents. Application must be made by July 1st at

Veteran's Educational Assistance Programs

Veterans who meet eligibility requirements may attend VA approved daytime classes at NWTC. Benefits information for each educational program, method and frequency of benefits, a list of approved training options, along with application procedures can be found at Individuals who attend NWTC and expect to receive monthly educational stipends must present a court-certified copy of VA Form DD214 and a Military Transcript. Both half and full-time benefits are available. Contact the Financial Aid Director or the Veteran’s Administration at 1-888-GI-BILL-1 for more information. Through the Oklahoma GI Bill (Senate Bill No. 530) tuition-free training may be awarded in addition to those educational allowances a veteran receives under Chapter 31 through 34. Veterans who have been determined by the Veteran’s Administration to possess at least 20% service-related disability may be eligible for special benefits under the VA/VCR program. Tuition assistance and purchase of required supplies may be available to the qualified veteran. Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.

Click here for a list of VA Educational Assistance eligible career options.

Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)

BIA grants may provide tuition, supplies, and living expenses to individuals who are at least 1/4 Indian and listed on tribal rolls.  Contact your tribal agency educational office or the American Indian Education & Training Employment Center at 1-405-521-9047 for application information.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

WIOA is a federal program which provides employment information, job search support, financial aid, training, and educational programs to eligible persons. The Office of Workforce Development has programs that assist individuals who are economically disadvantaged, facing employment barriers, and/or qualify as a dislocated worker in need of training to obtain productive employment. Applicants must meet WIOA economic, employment, and geographical guidelines which are determined by a WIOA counselor. NWTC is on the approved list of training providers in the state of Oklahoma. Contact the Financial Aid Director or Workforce Oklahoma at 1-888-840-9675 for more information.

Department of Rehabilitative Services (DRS Voc-Rehab)

This program assists individuals who have barriers to employment. Services include testing, psychological evaluation, medical examination, and counseling services. In some cases DRS pays tuition, fees, books, and supply costs. Eligibility, application, and funding is determined by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.  Contact a local Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor at 580-327-1214 for more information.

Oklahoma HB 3350 Career Technology Tuition Waiver

HB 3350 waives resident and non-resident tuition at career techs for up to five years for children of peace officers, fire fighters, military personnel, and Oklahoma EMT’s who died in the line of duty and children of members of the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Retirement System who were catastrophically injured or killed in the line of duty.

ACT Preparation Scholarship

This scholarship is usually offered to two students who wish to attend one of two workshops usually offered each Fall.

For more information about the ACT Preparation scholarship, please contact Karen Koehn, Career Counselor, at the Alva Campus at 580-3270344.

Net Price Calculator

The online Net Price Calculator is designed to assist students with calculating “estimated” educational costs. Please be advised that the calculator is for estimating purposes only. Final eligibility for aid is subject to the student completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), meeting eligibility criteria, meeting priority deadlines, and availability of funds. The results provided should only be considered an estimate and do not guarantee the actual financial aid the student may receive. This estimate is not final, not binding, and may change.

Link to Net Price Calculator

Retention, Graduation, and Transfer Out Rates

For NWTC’s Retention, Graduation and Transfer Out Rates, please view our institutional information on the College Navigator website,, or obtain a copy of the information in the Financial Aid Office.

Department of Education College Affordability & Transparency Center

The Department of Education has created a website at where students may find information about how much it costs to attend different schools, how fast those costs are going up, and information as to why those costs are going up. It includes links to the College Navigator, Net Price Calculator, College Scorecard, State Spending Charts, and College Affordability and Transparency List.

Gainful Employment Disclosures

Information about Gainful Employment including related occupations, program costs and length, on-time completion/graduation rates, job placement rates, and median loan debt is available at

Contact Information

For more information, please contact Ashlee Sneary, Financial Aid Director, at or at the Alva Campus 580-327-0344 or at the Fairview Campus 580-227-3708.