Financial Aid – Paying for School

Welcome to the Financial Aid page for Northern Career Institute
Home of the Willoughby-Eastlake School of Practical Nursing

Please click on the links below to access specific Financial Aid information



Understanding Your Options

There are different types of aid available to students depending on each student’s life situation.  Some aid will not need to be repaid and some aid will.  
Click on the links below for an explanation of the kinds of aid that MAY be available to you. 

Types of Aid

Grants are need-based funds
that do not have to be repaid.

These are funds that must be repaid,
usually after graduation. 

Other options may be available to you but are
separate from the Title IV Federal options above.


What is a FAFSA?

You keep reading about the FAFSA and you know you need to do it but what is it?  

The FAFSA, officially known as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is the form that families and students fill out to apply for federal grants, loans and work-study funds for college students.  It is administered by the U.S. Department of Education, which provides more than $150 billion in student aid each year.  

Your eligibility for federal grants (which don’t have to be repaid) and federal loans (which do) will generally be based on your financial needs as determined by the information you supply on your FAFSA.  You can get a preview of whether the FAFSA is likely to qualify you for federal grants by using the FAFSA4caster on the Department of Education website.

Ready – Set – Go

1.    Create your FSA ID – Click here or go to

2.    Complete your FAFSA – Click here or go to    
** Important - Be sure to use our School Code 016716 in order for us to electronically receive the results of your eligibility.

3.    If interested in Federal Direct Loans do the 2 steps above and then click here or go to to complete your Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling.