Program dates: July 9 - 29, 2017                      

Financial Aid Information

Financial Aid is limited, based upon need, not merit, and is available to both in-state and out-of-state students. All financial aid applications and documentation must be received by the ADVANCE office on or before the financial aid application deadline. All financial aid applications per deadline date will be reviewed at one time to determine which students have the most need. The parent or guardian of the financial aid applicant will be notified of the amount of financial aid awarded, if any, by phone and/or email within three business days of the financial aid application deadline.


Financial Aid Deadline    

March 6, 2017 (if the student is entering grades 9 - 12 next fall)

April 20, 2017 (if the student is entering grade 8 next fall)



Tuition is $2,700. Some classes have an additional $50 lab fee.   


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Two Ways to Apply for Financial Aid

Option 1: Complete the online application and pay the registration fee online. 

    a.  Click this link:  Online Application

    b.  Complete the online application (red asterisks indicate required fields). 

    c.  Place a checkmark in the authorization box of the application. 

    d.  Pay the $400 registration fee online by credit card before clicking the "submit" button.


    e.  After applying online, the financial aid applicant must then complete and submit the Financial Aid Supplemental Application. Click this link to print the form:  Financial Aid Supplemental Application Complete the form and submit it and all of the required documents to the ADVANCE office.


Option 2: Print, complete, and mail the financial aid application with the $400 registration fee.


    a.  Click this link:  Financial Aid Application


    b.  The application must be signed by the applicant's parent or guardian.


    c.  All applicants must submit a form of payment for the $400 registration fee. If paying by personal check, money order, or cashier's check, make it payable to NSU's ADVANCE Program. Other forms of payment accepted by Northwestern State include: American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa (including check cards). If you choose to pay the registration fee by credit card, print and complete this form "Payment Form" and mail it with the application. Submit the Financial Aid Application and the Payment Form to the ADVANCE office.


*Required Documents and Registration Fee

   *1.  A copy of the applicant’s most recent report card.


    *2.  A copy of the applicant's ACT, Aspire, Explore, Plan, SAT, or PSAT scores. If the applicant does not have a score for one of those tests, or if the applicant's scores do not meet the academic criteria for ADVANCE, the applicant must apply through our Alternate Admissions policy. To learn about Alternate Admissions, click on Academic Criteria in the menu box and scroll below the chart.


    *3.  A Federal Income Tax Return for the parent or guardian of the financial aid applicant. ADVANCE will accept a copy of the 2016 Federal Income Tax Return with all applicable schedules AND 2016 W2s OR a copy of the 2015 Federal Income Tax Return with all applicable schedules AND 2015 W2s. The applicant must be claimed as a dependent on the Federal Income Tax Return that is submitted to the ADVANCE office.


    *4.  The applicant must pay a $400 registration fee when submitting an application. Forms of payment accepted by Northwestern State include: personal check, money order, or cashier's check (made payable to NSU's ADVANCE Program), American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa (including check cards). If you choose to pay the registration fee by credit card, print and complete the payment form found online and mail it with the application. The registration fee includes a $50 non-refundable application fee and a $350 course deposit. The $400 registration fee is applied to the total tuition reducing the student's balance by $400.


*The student's application is not considered complete and the student will not be accepted to the program, placed in a class, or considered for financial aid until the ADVANCE office receives the above documents and registration fee by 5:00 pm on the financial aid application deadline for the applicant's grade level.


Submit Required Documents:

You may use one of the following methods to submit required documents to the ADVANCE office:

      1. Scan, attach, and email the documents to


      2. Use the following mailing address:

          ADVANCE Program

          Natchitoches, LA  71497


       3. Use the following shipping address: 

           ADVANCE Program

           175 Sam Sibley Dr

           Suite 5671

           Natchitoches, LA  71457


       4.  Documents may not be faxed to the ADVANCE office.