Step 1: Apply for Admission

  • Complete an application for admission online
  • Send your official high school transcript or official GED scores to the NSCC Admissions Office
  • If you have attended college before, send an official transcript from each college attended

Step 2: Apply for Financial Aid

  • Get a personal identification number (PIN) at www.pin.edu.gov. Dependent students and their parents should each apply for a PIN.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov. (Northwest State’s school code is 008677). For more information about various types of financial aid and scholarships, email finaid@NorthwestState.edu, call 419.267.1333 or check out the financial aid resources on our website.

Step 3: Complete Placement Test

  • All degree-seeking students are required to either submit their ACT test scores, or complete a COMPASS Assessment Test. The COMPASS is a computerized placement test that covers basic skill areas in writing, reading and mathematics. You are not rewarded or penalized for your scores on the COMPASS Assessment; it is just one of the many tools that your advisor will use to help you register for classes.

Step 4: Attend Orientation

  • Once your admission file and any placement testing have been completed, all degree-seeking students are required to participate in Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR). During SOAR, you will meet with an academic advisor, register for classes and gain valuable information that will help you become a successful student at NSCC.

Step 5: Be Aware of Important Dates

  • All important dates are listed on the NSCC Academic Calendar. It is important that you are aware of payment and registration deadlines.  Payment is due before classes begin, and you will need to submit payment for your tuition and fees in order to maintain your seat in the class.
    • To meet education expenses, Northwest State offers a deferred payment plan that allows students to pay their tuition and fees in multiple installments. Students must initiate this plan in person by visiting the NSCC Business Office (C107) before the end of the first week of classes.

Step 6: Purchase your Books

  • The NSCC Bookstore stocks textbooks and educational supplies needed by students enrolled in an academic program. The bookstore also maintains a supply of clothing and novelty items that make great gifts for students and family members.