Other Information

There is quite a bit of additional information that may be helpful for students and parents. On this page you will find other information that my be helpful.


  • Concurrent Enrollment

    Concurrently enrolled students are enrolled at North Idaho College and also Lewis-Clark State College or University of Idaho at the same time.

    If you intend to enroll in classes at North Idaho College and also University of Idaho or Lewis-Clark State College during the same semester, your financial aid enrollment status will be determined by combining credits from both institutions. Your financial aid eligibility will be determined by the Financial Aid Office at the University of Idaho or Lewis-Clark State College.

  • Hardship Refund Qualifications

    Students must be officially withdrawn from the classes of the semester for which they are requesting a Hardship Refund. If the student has not officially withdrawn, they will be referred to the Registrar's Office for a late withdraw.

    Valid Hardship Refund Situations

    • Student withdrew due to a documented medical or mental health issue for self or close family relative (accident, illness, serious injury, etc.). Student must be already withdrawn to proceed with a Hardship Refund request. If the student has not yet withdrawn, and the medical issue occurred during the current semester, please see the Registrar's Office to request a late withdraw.
    • Student withdrew due to documented death of close family relative. Student must submit documentation of the death, such as an obituary or a copy of the death certificate.

    Appeals for charges older than two years will not be accepted.

    Under normal circumstances the Hardship Refund process is four to six weeks. The student will be notified of the committee's decision by mail to the address listed on the Hardship Refund Request Form.

    Rights Granted to Those Who Qualify for a Hardship Refund

    A student who qualifies for a hardship refund will be given a refund up to 50% for tuition only (fees are non-refundable) rather than the standard refund policy.

    Students who have been granted a hardship refund can continue their coursework at NIC if they wish to return at the start of a new semester but must have any balance owing paid in full before registering. However, the student will not automatically qualify for financial aid. He/She must go through the Satisfactory Progress Appeal.

    Hardship Refund Appeal Procedure

    A student must print a Hardship Refund Request Form. It can also be requested:

    • In person at the Student Accounts front desk in Lee-Kildow Hall.
    • Via email. Please email your request to studentaccounts@nic.edu.
    • If the student cannot receive the form by any of these means, please mail a request to:
    • North Idaho College
      Student Accounts
      1000 W Garden Ave.
      Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

    After receiving a Hardship Refund form, the student should fill it out and provide the most accurate explanation possible.

    Along with the Hardship Refund form, the student should attach supporting documentation for the reason they withdrew from NIC. The refund request will be automatically denied if no supporting documentation is provided.

    Completed Hardship Refund form and supporting documentation should be returned to the Student Accounts Office as soon as possible to ensure prompt processing,

    Once the Hardship Refund form and documentation is received, it is processed within Student Accounts and sent to the committee for review. A decision will be made based on the appeal materials provided. Once a decision has been made, a letter will be mailed to the student notifying them of the committee's decision and the state of the student's account.

    The entire Hardship Refund process takes about four to six weeks.

  • 15 to Finish (3 for Free)

    15 to Finish logo15 to Finish

    Save money.
    Graduate on time.
    Begin working and earning faster!

    15 to Finish is an exciting new initiative that encourages North Idaho College students to graduate on time by completing at least 15 credits per semester, or 30 credits per year.

    NIC is supporting students in their 15 to Finish efforts with a new tuition model that will help them save money and complete on time.

    3-for-Free logoStarting Fall Semester 2017, NIC is piloting a program where degree-seeking students who take 15 or more credits and are in good standing with a 2.0 term GPA or higher will earn 3 free credits the following semester. That’s 3 FREE credits that you won’t be charged for in consecutive semesters if you continue to enroll in and successfully complete 15 or more credits. And as long as degree-seeking students maintain a minimum 15-credit load each semester, the 3 free credit incentive remains! (That’s basically 15 credits for the cost of 12 every semester after the first semester of eligibility).

    Don’t just be full-time: Be ON TIME!
    15 or more credits per semester is not for everyone. We understand there are many life and learning situations that impact your decision to be a part-time or full-time student, but for those students who are taking 12, 13, or 14 credits, taking 15 or more credits per semester may be a great choice. Think about it ... getting to graduation sooner and saving money through the 3-for-Free tuition model is worth considering.

    The savings add up.
    Here’s an example: Take 15 credits Fall Semester 2017 and successfully complete the semester with a 2.0 term GPA or higher and earn 3 free credits Spring Semester 2018 if you once again enroll in 15 credits or more. Then if you keep on the path of taking 15 credits or more each semester and remain in good standing, you earn another 3 free credits each semester that you meet the requirements. Earn another 3 free credits in Spring 2019. Graduate in Spring 2019 and receive a check valued at 3 free credits (a minimum of $420) or transfer those funds to another institution to continue your education.

    That’s up to 12 free credits earned in a two-year time period or $1,680 saved in tuition, (based on current in-district resident $140 per credit cost).

    Start Strong - Strive for 15 - You've got this!
    You may be thinking, "I want to ease into college. I'll start off with just 12 credits before taking a heavier class load."

    But the reality is that NIC students who start by enrolling in 12 credits rarely increase their course load in later semesters. Their plans to graduate within two years are delayed after just one semester. Studies show that the longer a student remains in college, the more likely it is for them to stop going to school without every earning a degree.

    Did you know?

    • It is estimated that by 2020, 60 percent of all jobs will require a college degree.
    • It takes an average of five years for a part-time student to complete an associate’s degree. At North Idaho College, full-time students, on average take three and a half years to graduate. That’s seven semesters.
    • Students who take 15 credits their first semester are 50 percent more likely to graduate than other students and if they stay on the path of taking 15 or more credits every semester they'll finish in two years.
    • Studies show that full-time students get better grades than part-time students.
    • Students risk losing federal financial aid if they don’t finish their programs in a timely manner.
      Data on the benefit of taking 15 credits comes from the work of Complete College America.

    Questions? We are here to help you.
    Contact us at advising@nic.edu for information about advising, degree plans, graduation, support services, and other resources or call (208) 769-7821.

    3-for-Free logoEligibility Requirements
    3-for-Free Tuition Model

    Eligible students who complete 15 credits with a term GPA of 2.0 or higher will earn 3 free credits the following semester if they once again enroll in 15 or more credits.

    • Eligible students include degree-seeking students in career and technical education or academic programs of study.
      • Dual Credit students are not eligible for the discount.
      • Employees and employee dependents are eligible for the discount if they are degree-seeking students.
      • Senior citizens who are degree-seeking students are eligible.
      • Students paid by a third party (i.e. DOL, VA, Voc Rehab) are eligible. Discount would apply to the amount the sponsor pays.
    • Completion and term GPA will be evaluated at the end of the semester after final grades are posted.
    • Students will receive notification via their NIC Cardinal Mail email if they received the benefit of 3 free credits.
    • Credit will be automatically applied to the student’s account through a sponsorship that will reflect on the statement of account as “15 to Finish/3-for-Free.”
    • Credit will count for 3 credits according to the student’s out-of-pocket cost of attendance (District, WUE, WASH, etc.). Credit does not apply to course fees.
    • Students must use the 3 free credits for the semester following the qualifying semester, as the intent of program is to encourage continual enrollment of 15 credits per semester to encourage completion in two years.
    • If a student earns free credits during their final semester of graduation, the college will issue a check to the student for the 3 free credits or the college may transfer the funds to assist with student’s continuing education.
  • Parent Information


    Your son or daughter will soon complete their first year of college. What should you expect regarding billing and notification of payment deadlines for the future?

    You may have noticed that you, the parent, did not receive a bill for the semester. Students may view their statement by using MyNIC. If the student would like a paper bill they may print one off of their MyNIC or request one in writing to the Student Accounts Office. A request and a copy of the student's ID may be emailed or faxed to the Student Accounts Office and we will mail the statement to the address on record.

    When classes are in session, all correspondence is mailed to the students’ local address. Students need to take an active role in understanding their financial responsibility and to stay informed at all times of their current status and future registrations. We want you to assist them as needed, but it’s important to let them learn how to deal with financial responsibilities and meeting any deadlines.

    North Idaho College adheres to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), that provides students with privacy rights pertaining to their educational records. Certain information may only be accessed by the student. Security measures are in place to ensure that student privacy rights are protected.

    The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. Official student records may be kept in six offices: Registrar, Academic Support Services, Student Accounts Office, Financial Aid, Residence Hall and Health Services. Information on students, therefore, may be two general kinds: academic (registered attendance, courses taken, probation or suspension, grades, degree programs), and personal (financial statement, age, address, telephone #, disciplinary, and medical records).