Parent & Family Resources

Parent and Family Resources


The decision to attend college is often a family decision. Whether you are supporting your child financially or helping them navigate their college education by offering advice from a distance, you are a crucial part of your child’s success. 

Studies show that students whose parents are actively involved in their children’s education – even in college – do better academically. We want to be your partner. While we will work with your child directly in most situations, we are available to answer your questions, although we are limited by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) in the type of information we can share with parents and family members.

Funds also generally are a concern when it comes to Paying for College

We recommend that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form is completed as soon after Oct. 1 as possible to be considered for financial aid. Students must complete a FAFSA form every year to continue receiving aid.

Northwestern’s FAFSA code is 003163

There are a number of scholarships available, too, for incoming freshmen, transfers and continuing students.

Feel free to contact us at (580) 327-8546 or if you have any questions or visit the Paying for College web pages for more information.


If this is the first time your child will be away from home for any length of time, everyone may experience growing pains and challenges as they get their first taste of independence. Some students also may experience feelings of homesickness, so we ask you to encourage your child to get involved on campus so they can meet people who may be experiencing the same feelings.

Ideas, opinions, goals – all may change as they expand their knowledge base, so don’t be alarmed that you don’t know your child anymore; they’re just starting to grow into the adult they are supposed to become.

Northwestern’s faculty, staff and students can be valuable support systems to your child as well, and if times really get rough, your child can visit with our Director of Student Success and Counseling.

And never hurts to send a care package from home!

We'd love to have you visit Northwestern anytime, but a few special times to visit include:

Ranger Preview
Ranger Preview is a day designed for high school seniors to get to know the university, tour campus, meet with faculty and student organizations, and get your questions answered first-hand. Plus, you will receive a $600 scholarship just for attending.  Every high school senior is eligible to attend.

Freshman Connection
Freshman Connection is a day designed for high school seniors who know they are planning to attend Northwestern in the fall. This day is the first day incoming freshmen will able to enroll in classes. Students will meet academic advisors, see the campus, visit with campus club members and enroll. Parents are welcome to sit in and ask questions of a panel comprised of Northwestern administration, staff and students.

Family Day
Family Day is an annual event where Northwestern students have the opportunity to show their families around campus.  Families will be able to visit campus and shop for tuition.

Northwestern Homecoming
The dates for Homecoming vary, so you’ll need to visit the Homecoming web pages to keep up-to-date with the latest info. We welcome you to attend as many events as you can including the Homecoming Parade in downtown Alva that starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday and the Homecoming football game that happens in the afternoon.

Commencement Exercises
We have a ceremony for fall graduates in December inside in Percefull Fieldhouse prior to finals and a ceremony at Ranger Field in May for spring graduates. The dates of graduation will vary, so please check the Events Calendar.


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