Northwest College

Financial Aid

Financial Options

Northwest College School of Beauty offers several options for payment on tuition and related expenses. Students can choose to apply for financial aid, scholarships, private career loans, or utilize our interest free payment plans. 

If you are interested in applying for federal student financial assistance:

The college participates in federal aid programs through the U.S. Department of Education. Federal Student Aid can assist eligible students with grants and low interest loans. Students looking for financial aid assistance need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

FAFSA school code 014351 (displays as Northwest College of Hair Design Clackamas Campus). Click here to go to the FAFSA online application.

Northwest College School of Beauty utilizes the Pell Grant and Direct Stafford Loan programs for those who qualify.

  • Pell Grants are available to eligible students. Eligibility for this program is determined by a standard formula that is revised and approved every year by the federal government.
  • Direct Stafford Loans are federal guaranteed student loans. These are loans borrowed directly from the U.S. department of Education. You must repay your student loans. Repayment starts six months after you graduate, drop below half-time status, or terminate your training. There are three types of Direct Stafford Loans;
  • Subsidized Loans are available to students who demonstrate financial need. Interest is paid by the U.S. Department of Education while the borrower is in school at least half-time, during the six month grace period, and in periods of deferment.
  • Unsubsidized Loans are available to students who do not have financial need. Interest is charged to the borrower from the time the loan is disbursed until it is paid in full.
  • PLUS (Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students) loans are available to parents of dependent undergraduate students. The repayment on PLUS loans differs from a subsidized or unsubsidized loans. Plus loans go into repayment 60 days after the last disbursement of funds and the parents are responsible for repayment of the loan.

Scholarships Available to Cosmetology Students:

We strongly encourage all students to apply for scholarships to help cover the costs of education! There are several scholarships available to cosmetology students that Northwest College accepts. It is the student's responsibility to complete all application requirements for scholarships.

For students who need assistance locating cosmetology scholarships, we have put together extensive information to help our students. Click here to visit our Grants and Scholarship page for more information.

Other payment options:

Career training loans are available through lenders such as Sallie Mae. These are private, credit based loans for students. 

Northwest College School of Beauty offers our students the TuitionPay Plan, administered by Sallie Mae. The TuitionPay Plan is an interest-free, debt-free way to spread tuition payments over a number of months. The TuitionPay Plan is not a loan, so there are no interest payments, only a low annual enrollment fee.

  • We offer a number of options from a 7 Month Plan to a 12 Month Plan.
  • Save on interest charges by reducing the need to borrow.
  • Access your personal account 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through Info Link.

The following are some of the resources students may wish to explore:

  • Federal financial aid programs, such as the Pell Grant, subsidized and unsubsidized student loans, and PLUS loans for parents of dependent students.
  • The USDI Bureau of Indian Affairs certifies Northwest College School of Beauty for educational training.*
  • Vocational Rehabilitation uses our school for training of eligible persons.*
  • If you are an eligible Veteran, contact the V.A. about resources available.

* Information regarding benefits available from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Vocational Rehabilitation, or Veterans Affairs is available through those agencies.

Online Student Loan Counseling

Before your school disburses your Federal Stafford Loan (subsidized or unsubsidized), regulations require that you complete an entrance counseling session. The counseling session provides information about how to manage your student loans, both during and after college.

Click here for more information.

Before you graduate (or if you drop below half-time attendance), regulations require that you complete an exit counseling session. The counseling session provides information about how to manage your student loans after college. 

Click here for more information.


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Travis Henry, @bigTtheBarber, Class of 2011

I entered Beauty School not sure what to expect and with no prior cutting/barbering experience. I did research on a few local Beauty Schools and went with what felt right for my family and the locations that worked for me. The campuses were beautiful, the staff was awesome, and there was a variety of different students. Beauty school is what you make of it. It's the school's responsibility to teach you the rules, help you achieve greatness, and give you the tools you need to succeed in this profession. Northwest College did that for me. This business is 75% Passion and 25% skills, NW College can get you those skills if your willing to do your part. I graduated in March of 2011; I'm now a Certified Educator for Eufora International, Owner of Chop Shop Hair Studio, Co-Owner of  Doo or Dye Salon, President of the North West Barbers Alliance, and Business Partners with Shave Envy. You can achieve anything you want with the right training, support, and a passion.” - Travis Henry, Class of 2011

Jessica Koch, Class of 2014

I was very scared going back to school after nearly 20 years, but attending NW College in Tualatin made it an easy transition. I had no idea what to expect from beauty school or if I was making the right career move, but in no time at all I knew NW College was the right decision for me. I had amazing instructors that were encouraging and pushed me to trust in myself and my creative abilities. I graduated on November 22, 2014 and because of the great academics of NW College passed my state boards and became licensed on November 26, 2014. I had interviewed with several salons leading up to my graduation and started working immediately as an independent contractor on December 2, 2014.. Attending NW College was the best decision of my life, I’ve never been happier going to work each day. I LOVE my career choice as a licensed Cosmetologist.” - Jessica Koch, Class of 2014

Licensed & Accredited

Accreditation by a nationally recognized agency provides assurance that a school is established and recognized as a quality institution, has adequate facilities and equipment, maintains recognized and approved courses of study, and employs competent, qualified faculty. Northwest College is accredited by NACCAS (National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences) and is licensed by HECC (Higher Education Coordinating Commission). Northwest College is a 2014 Modern Salon Excellence in Education Cosmetology School.


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