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Pay Fees & Tuition
NWACC offers several options when it comes to paying your student fees and tuition. To avoid potentially long lines, you're encouraged to pay online through TouchNet or pay by mail.
Be sure to make your payment at least five business days prior to the payment deadline - or sooner, depending on your payment method, to help ensure that your bill is paid on time.
View the information below to learn more about the various payment methods that NWACC offers students.
You can pay your bill online via credit or debit card, or electronic check.
Due to changes in credit card processing, the cost to do so has consistently increased over the past several years. The credit card processor will be increasing the convenience fee from 2.85% to 2.95%. This change will be effective May 1, 2023. For a number of years, NWACC absorbed credit card convenience fees on behalf of its students. Because of the increased use of credit cards for online payments for tuition and fees, the cost to the college to continue this practice has become prohibitive.
If you would like to let a parent or other person have access to pay your student bill, you will need to grant them Authorized User access. Remember that you are ultimately responsible for the timely payment of your bill.
Payments are processed through a secure payment system. NWACC staff do not have access to your confidential banking information.
By signing up for a payment plan, you secure your seat in your class and can make smaller monthly payments toward your tuition rather than paying all up front. When you sign up, you will receive a payment schedule of equal payments based upon your payment time frame.
If a third party (employer or a government agency) will be paying tuition and fees on behalf of a student directly to NWACC, a letter of authorization to invoice the employer or agency must be received in the Treasurer's Office by the student's published payment due date. Any part of the tuition and fees not covered by the third party must also be paid by the published payment due date. The Treasurer's Office must have a letter of authorization to invoice the employer or agency for each semester. Note: An individual may not be invoiced as a third party.
The letter of authorization to invoice should contain the following:
- Student's name
- Student's social security number or student ID number
- Third party name and address (letterhead is sufficient)
- Detail of covered expenses (tuition, fees, etc.)
- Maximum dollar amount
- Semester covered by third party
If the letter of authorization is not received by the published payment due date, the student will be responsible for the balance in full. Any charges not approved or paid by the third party will be placed back onto the student's account, as all charges are the responsibility of the student.
For more information, send a message to our Third Party Accountants.
Make your check or money order payable to NorthWest Arkansas Community College, attn Treasurer's Office, One College Drive, Bentonville, AR 72712. Checks and money orders must be payable in U.S. dollars and drawn on a U.S. bank.
Please include a copy of your bill with your check or money order.
If you do not have a copy of your bill, include student name and NWACC ID number on the memo line of the check or money order
Postdated checks, counter check, and two party checks (those made payable to a person, company, or institution other than NWACC) are not accepted. Additionally, personal business checks may be returned if the account indicates to send guaranteed funds.
If you expect financial aid you MUST PAY the difference between your expected financial aid and your full bill by the due date. If you are unable to pay this amount in full, you MUST ENROLL in a payment plan. If your financial aid has been processed, you will only have to set-up a payment plan for the amount not covered by financial aid.
Failure to make successful payments on the plan may warrant cancellation of courses. Continued delinquency could result in your account being referred to a collection agency. Students will not be eligible for pre-registration for subsequent terms if their payment plan is not up-to-date. A $25 return fee is charged for each returned ACH payment for insufficient funds.
All employees, full and part-time, their spouses and their dependent child(ren) (as defined by the IRS Code) are eligible for semester tuition waivers for credit classes only. Full Time are eligible for 12 hours each semester and Part Time are eligible for 3 hours each semester. You must meet the following criteria:
- Is employed by NWACC on the final day of regular (general) registration for that semester in a budgeted position that has a current employment memorandum on file in the Personnel Office.
- Remains employed in a budgeted position through the last day of classes of that semester.
- Completes the necessary forms and submits them to the NWACC Personnel Office stating the employee is claiming the Employee Tuition Waiver.
- The employee, spouse, or dependent taking a class/classes must meet the requirements for admission into the class/classes.
- New full-time employees will only be granted one three hour waiver per semester until they have successfully completed their six month probationary period.
- Employee must be in good standing to exercise this benefit.
- The form must be submitted each semester by the published payment due date.
Waiver forms are available online or at the Treasurer's Office located on the second floor of the Becky Paneitz Student Center.
If you are an Arkansas resident, are 60 years of age or older and show proper proof of age, and meet admission requirements, you are eligible to have your tuition and general student fees waived. This waiver is limited to credit courses on a space-available basis. The "Golden-Age Waiver" form must be completed each semester and turned in to the Treasurer's Office prior to registering for classes. Students taking advantage of the waiver are allowed to register three business days prior to the start of the term. This waiver does not cover textbooks, class supplies, or course-related fees.
Waiver forms are available at the Treasurer's Office located on the second floor of the Becky Paneitz Student Center.
Tuition only will be waived for students who are currently employed as full-time Arkansas certified teachers in the Bentonville or Rogers School districts. This waiver is limited to credit courses. The "In-District Teacher Waiver" form must be completed each semester and turned in to the Treasurer's Office along with a verification letter from the School District or a copy of the current contract by the published payment due date.