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Student Resources & FAQ

Please check back here often for the most up-to-date answers to frequently asked questions or concerns.

Don't see an answer to your question? Submit your own at the bottom of this page. 

COVID-19 Statement

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Tomorrow morning, Northwest Tech moves completely online for instruction and college operations as a result of the spreading COVID-19 virus and recent stay-home order from Governor Kelly. While these are unusual times, we have had time to prepare and our faculty have expanded their online instructional technology tools to a new level. We will do all we can to make this the best finish to a semester we can for those who matter most - our students! We may experience a few bumps in the road but ask only for a little patience and grace.

Thank you to our business and industry partners who have stepped up and offered internships and hiring opportunities to many of our graduating and returning students!

Ben Schears,

Northwest Tech President


Focused on brighter days ahead! 






COVID-19 News from NT

March 18th Release - NT Moves Fully Online

March 14th Release - Spring Break Extended

March 12th Release - Response to COVID-19



Is the college still operating? 

The college is indeed open and educating students, but we are working entirely remotely. All buildings and locations are currently closed to the public.  

How can I reach employees?

We are still available to answer your questions and address items you may need. You can reach us via email through the employee directory at the top of the page (under About).


How are you delivering courses right now?

Good news! We are accomplishing this in a couple of ways, neither of which involve carrier pigeons. Our faculty are teaching all course material for classes entirely online. We also have several awesome business and industry partners who have hired students for internships and positions to allow hands-on learning to continue. 

Will the college have classes in the fall?

Yes! We are doing all of our preparation now for classes to be back in session and students on campus in August! We are excited to see students back in the classrooms and labs next semester.


How can I tour campus during the pandemic?

We are still doing "virtual tours" where you and your family can meet with an admissions representative via video or phone and cover all the questions you may have about Northwest Tech! You can request a virtual tour from our website at

Important: We have asked our admissions reps to avoid giving virtual tours in their sweats. Velour tracksuits are an acceptable alternative. 


How can I enroll in classes for August?

For new students, we're have developed a simple step-by-step process to help you sign up for classes. Visit our enrollment website at 


For returning (sophomore) students, we are about to send out enrollment information for next semester and it will be a very similar process to what new students will experience. Please watch your campus email as we will be sending out guidance soon!


How can I arrange books or visit with the bookstore staff?

The bookstore is operating virtually, and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Bookstore Manager, Tia Brannick at for assistance.

Financial Aid

I'm needing some help with financial aid questions. Who can I contact?

We have two wonderful staff members available for you to work with. You can contact either one via email through the information below:

Penny Nemechek, Financial Aid Coordinator

Alaina Smith, Student Account Specialist 

Should I start filling out my FAFSA for next year?

Absolutely! Perhaps you have parents, grandparents or guardians who are trapped at home with you during the pandemic. There is no better time than now to grab their attention and spend some quality bonding time on filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

If I need help with the FAFSA, can I email the Financial Aid office for assistance?

Yep. The two incredible staff members above are great resources to help if you find yourself in a jam completing the forms. 

CARES Act Emergency Grant

Northwest Kansas Technical College disbursed emergency financial aid grants to students under the federal government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  At least half of the funds received had to be provided to students to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.

The CARES Act grant program was created to assist students in covering expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.

The college received $479,285, of that amount $239,643 was allocated to 245 students who met the requirements (see below) and were impacted by the interruption of campus operations and the transition from on-campus to online instruction.

To be eligible to receive CARES Act funds, NWKTC students had to be enrolled in at least one on-campus class at the time of the college’s transition to all-online instruction.  NWKTC students also needed to be eligible to receive Title IV aid. 


Students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Enrolled on/after March 13, 2020 attending course(s)
  • A degree-seeking student
  • Experienced expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.
  • Eligible for Title IV aid.

Eligibility for Title IV aid, students must:

  • demonstrate financial need (except for certain loans).
  • have provided to NWKTC documentation of academic credentials such as a final high school graduation transcript, General Education Development (GED) certificate, college degree earned, etc.
  • be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student working toward a degree or certificate.
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen.
  • have a valid social security number.
  • register with the Selective Service, if required.
  • maintain satisfactory academic progress during every academic term in which they are enrolled.
  • certify that they will use federal financial aid only for educational purposes.
  • certify that they are not in default on a federal student loan and/or owe money on an overpayment on a federal student grant.
  • not have reached their annual or lifetime Pell Eligibility Use.  Students may still be eligible for other types of federal student aid.
  • not have had their eligibility suspended or terminated due to a drug-related conviction.
  • not have reached their annual or lifetime Federal Family Education Loan Program or Federal Direct Loan Program aggregate limit.
  • be enrolled at least half-time for student loans.


I need to send a college transcript to another institution. How did I send one out?

You can request an official transcript online by visiting our transcript page

Hint: Did you know you can grab an unofficial copy of the courses you’ve taken at Northwest Tech from within your Empower account? 

Residential Life

When will dorm refunds (due to COVID-19) be issued? 

Right now, we are processing them as students move out of the dorms. We know it’s been difficult with the restrictions on travel and we are working to make it as convenient as possible for students. If you have questions, you can contact Jason Showalter (Dean of Students) at


Why are you inserting funny comments on the FAQ page?

Because we there is far too much negative information and news floating around today. Laughter is the best medicine. Oh...and because we have some extra time on our hands and have already watched the Tiger King series twice. 

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