Student Services

The Northwest Campus ss3.1.jpgStudent Services department is committed to offering an effective support system to all students by providing individualized academic advising services and comprehensive e-learning and regional outreach events. Through regular contact with the students, academic advisers provide intensive advising support, assist students explore various fields of interest, select a specific academic major, help secure financial aid and develop plans of study appropriate for their educational goals.

Unalakleet Learning Center
Contact: Kathy Commack
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Phone: 624-3157

Northwest Campus
Serving students in Nome
Contact: Kacey Miller
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Phone: 443-8416 or (800) 478-2202 ext. 8416 outside of Nome

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Libraries Computer Support Informational Admissions and Degrees
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Financial Aid Workshops

Community Financial Aid Workshops are offered throughout the region during Financial Aid season.

Contact your regional advisor to schedule and arrange an event in your community.

College Goal Alaska

February is FAFSA Frenzy month for the University of Alaska and many activities are planned to encourage students to compete their FAFSA application. College Goal Alaska is an event held every year at Northwest Campus and in various communities across the region. Officially held from January 15th to March 30th, Northwest Campus holds its College Goal in early February. This event is a collaboration of many state and regional organizations all focused on ensuring students apply for all possible funding sources available.

Are you interested in FAFSA? Please contact your local adviser!

I'm Going to College

The I'm Going To College program creates awareness of higher education and instills the idea that going to college is an attainable goal. Every year 5th graders from Nome Elementary School participate in a variety of exercises and activities at Northwest Campus. In preparation, students learn about different types of colleges, and how to apply for admission and financial aid.

On visitation day, the children travel to the college, where Northwest Campus creates an age-appropriate experience similar to a first day at college. This field trip includes a motivational opening session, hands-on classes, and lunch.

This event is made possible through collaboration among several agencies. Thank you to Nome Elementary School, the numerous volunteers involved in the event and the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education. We appreciate your involvement in encouraging our young people to believe "I'm Going To College"!

I Know I Can

Geared to 2nd grade students, I Know I Can exposes students to different employment opportunities and spurs them to create goals for their future. Through the "I Know I Can" story book, students learn that it's important to stay in school and work hard now to succeed in the future.

Community volunteers, university staff and school staff visit the classrooms and share personal stories and encouragement about working hard and staying in school. This annual event is available to 2nd grade students throughout our region.

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Placement Testing and Proctoring

rur-05-1511-097.jpg New or returning students interested in registering for courses are often required to complete a placement test. Advisors are available to assist students through this mandatory university enrollment process, involving the Accuplacer and ALEKS placement programs.

Accuplacer is used to provide English subject placement. The ALEKS program is used to provide appropriate Math course placement. For students enrolling into UAF courses, placement results are posted into the students account in the university database. Scores can also be sent to other institutions by request and proctor arrangement.

UAF Northwest Campus is also a community resource to proctor and administer other forms of examinations, certifications and tests. Please contact the campus about specific test offerings and availability.

For more information about scheduling and arranging any proctoring, placement or examinations, please email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Tutoring Services

rur-05-1511-030.jpg Students who are having difficulties with their courses need to inform the instructor and their academic advisor. Upon the instructor's approval, we can arrange for and hire tutors to work with individual students. Other tutoring-related services available to student include the UAF Writing Center, UAF Math Lab, Off-Campus Library Services and Computing Help Desk.

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NWC Guide and Orientation to Learning at a Distance (GOLD) Process PDF Print E-mail
NWC Guide and Orientation to Learning at a Distance (GOLD) Process NWC Gold is designed to be a step by step process for first time distant students. This process will help you access your accounts for email, blackboard, and blackboard collaborate

Questions or problems?
Use live chat! (bottom right)
Call: 907-443-8421
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Anytime throughout this process!

Before you start: Make sure this process is completed on the actual computer you will use to attend your class(es). Additionally, make sure it has been 48hours since you have registered for your class.

  1. Find your username and create a password

    • Go to: Easy Login Maintenance Option (ELMO)
    • This site will:
      • Ask you several security questions
      • Find your UA username and student id
      • Allow you to create/change your password

      Note: This username/password will be for UA Mail, Blackboard, and Blackboard Collaborate.

  2. Sign into your UA Google Mail

    • Go to: UA Mail
    • Sign in with your username and password from the previous step

  3. Send an email to: NWC GOLD!

  4. Check Browser for Compatibility

  5. Sign into Blackboard

    • Log into Blackboard to see how Blackboard and Blackboard Collaborate work!
    • Go to: Blackboard
    • Sign in with the same username and password as your UA Mail

  6. NWC Gold on Blackboard

  7. When you are in Blackboard
    • Click on the course labeled "NWC GOLD Process"
    • If you do not see NWC GOLD Process: Please call (907) 443-8421 or use live help (bottom right)
    • Please follow the directions in Blackboard

    Still can't get into Blackboard? Still Don't see NWC Gold Process?

    We're sorry for any frustration, and we are working hard to address your problem. If you haven't already contacted us, please do so!

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 December 2016 14:05
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University of Alaska Statewide Links
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Student Financial Aid Resources PDF Print E-mail
Types of Financial Aid:
  • Assistantships: Awarded to graduate students only, such as research assistants.
  • Employment: Campus jobs for students (Federal Work Study, etc.).
  • Fellowships: Grants to do specific project or research. Usually for graduate students.
  • Grants: Grants do not have to be paid back. They are usually based on financial need and are usually for undergraduate students.
  • Loans: Money you receive to go to school that has to be paid back, and sometimes with interest.
  • Programs: There are various levels of financial aid available that students can qualify for. Below are resources and links to connect our students with funding.

Federal Funding Financial Aid (FAFSA) (Qualifies you for Pell Grant: use code 001063 for this region)

University Of Alaska Financial Aid

Regional/Local Financial Aid

Other Financial Aid Resources

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 August 2017 15:27
Frequently Asked Questions PDF Print E-mail

Northwest Campus (NWC) Financial Aid

  1. What is financial aid?
  2. What types of financial aid are available at NWC?
  3. Who can receive NWC financial aid?
  4. Who can apply?
  5. How do I apply?
  6. How is eligibility determined?
  7. How do I remain eligible for NWC financial aid?
  8. How do I receive payment?
  9. Where is the financial aid office located?
  10. Is there a guideline I can follow?

1. What is financial aid?

Financial aid can help pay for college.   Financial aid covers tuition, books, fees, supplies, and living expenses.   Financial aid provides choice, access, and persistence.   Choice means you can choose to pursue a college education without having to first look at the cost of attending.   Access means that you will be able to pay for the cost of getting into college.  Persistence means you will be able to stay in college long enough to complete your educational goal.   There are several different types of financial aid.   Grants and scholarships are considered gift aid, or free money, meaning they do not have to be paid back.   Loans have to be paid back, and you are usually charged interest.

2. What types of financial aid are available at NWC?

NWC awards higher education scholarships to new and continuing NWC students.   The NWC Financial Aid Committee reviews scholarships.   There are two sources of financial assistance available, which include:

  1. UA Foundation Needs Based Scholarship,
  2. UA Foundation NWC Scholarship.

The number and amount of scholarships vary.   The NWC Financial Aid Committee reviews applications before the beginning of each semester for the two different UA Foundation Scholarships.

For further information please go to the NWC Scholarship Guidelines.

3. Who can receive NWC financial aid?

You can receive NWC financial aid.   Generally to receive financial aid you need to be a student who is enrolled in a degree program and attending college full or part-time.   The majority of students attending Northwest Campus are less than part-time, so the requirements for our financial aid differ.

To be eligible to receive NWC financial aid you must be enrolled for a NWC course or plan to enroll, have financial need, and have a minimum 2.0 GPA, and satisfactorily completed previously funded courses.   Due to limited funds, not all applicants are awarded scholarships.

4. Who can apply?

You can apply for financial aid if you're a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen and are enrolled or plan to enroll in a course at NWC, have financial need, have a minimum GPA of 2.0, and satisfactorily completed previously funded courses.

5. How do I apply?

Complete:   Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the NWC Financial Aid Application.   Please see the financial aid officer on campus for additional information on other grants and loans.

6. How is eligibility determined?

Once a completed financial aid form is submitted it is signed and dated by the NWC Financial Aid Officer, who will take it to the next NWC Financial Aid Committee meeting.   The Financial Aid Committee reviews applications for financial need, minimum GPA requirement, and satisfactorily completion of previously funded courses.

7. How do I remain eligible for NWC financial aid?

To receive financial aid, you must be 'in good standing' (GPA of 2.0 or higher).   Aid will be suspended if you fail to complete your funded course(s) with the minimum GPA, have no pending incompletes within the last three years, or must have at least two semesters of successful completion after a series of withdrawals, or incompletes, and satisfactorily completed previously funded courses.

8. How do I receive payment?

All scholarships awarded by NWC shall receive an NWC Scholarship Award Letter.   The student will need to accept or decline the scholarship, sign the form, and return it to Northwest Campus, Financial Aid Office.   Once the award is accepted, the scholarship will be processed through the respective fund, with the award being applied directly to the students account.

9. Where is the NWC Financial Aid Office located?

The NWC Financial Aid Office is located in the Nagozruk Building.   Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.   The telephone number is (907) 443-8403 or 1-800-478-2202 ext. 8403 and the fax number is (907) 443-5602.

10. Is there a guideline I can follow?

Yes. You can find it by clicking on the link below
NWC Scholarship Guidelines (PDF 56K)
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2015 Norton Sound Education Summit Report PDF Print E-mail

This report gives an in-depth summary of the various sessions, tracks and discussions that took place during the three-day summit in Nome on October 9-11, 2015.

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