Notice of Availability of Institutional and Financial Aid Information

The Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), includes many disclosure and reporting requirements. A disclosure requirement is information that a postsecondary education institution is required to distribute or make available to another party, such as students or employees. A reporting requirement is information submitted to the U.S. Department of Education or other agencies. The following list provides a brief description of the information required to be made available to students as well as how to obtain the information. This notice was organized using a reference list created by the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (NPEC).

Contact Information for Assistance in Obtaining Institutional or Financial Aid Information

Each school must make available to prospective and enrolled students information regarding how and where to contact individuals designated to assist enrolled or prospective students in obtaining the institutional or financial aid information required to be disclosed under HEA Section 485(a)(1), Section 485(f), Section 485(h), and Section 485(j). Visit Northwest Shoals Community College (NWSCC) Financial Aid for more information.

Privacy of Student Records

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) was implemented in 1974 as a federal law to protect the privacy of student education records. FERPA also gives students the right to review their education records, seek to amend inaccurate information in their records, and provide consent for the disclosure of their records. This law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

Student Financial Assistance

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program

In compliance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment passed by the U.S. Congress in 1989, NWSCC Safety and Security programs will be provided when requested. To request a class, please contact Dr. Crystal Reed at 256-331-5291. Types of classes include: Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention (SHARP), Emergency Operation Response, Stop the Bleed, Don’t be a Victim and other classes as requested.

Health and Safety

Student Outcomes

The Student Right-to-Know Act was enacted in 1990 by federal law and requires institutions that receive Title IV HEA student financial aid to collect, report and/or disclose graduation rates for full-time, first-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students and students receiving athletically related student aid.

Intercollegiate Athletic Program Participation Rates and Financial Support Data

The Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act requires co-educational institutions of postsecondary education that participate in a Title IV, federal student financial assistance program, and have an intercollegiate athletic program, to prepare an annual report to the Department of Education on athletic participation, staffing, and revenues and expenses, by men’s and women’s teams. The Department will use this information in preparing its required report to the Congress on gender equity in intercollegiate athletics. For more information, you may access the most recent Equity in Athletics Report (search for Northwest-Shoals Community College).

Constitution Day Observance

The U.S. Constitution is one of the most influential legal documents in existence, created over 200 years ago. NWSCC supports every effort to affirm the American Democratic process. Each year on September 17th, the college participates in the annual observance of United States of America Constitution Day. On this day or the observed holiday, special time is set aside to educate students on the importance of the constitution, the role it still plays in their everyday lives, and being responsible citizens.

What is Campus SaVE Act?

In March of 2013, the campus sexual violence elimination act was passed by congress as part of the reauthorization of the violence against women act (campus save act). The new law is aimed at increasing transparency by expanding the types of sexual violence incidents that must be disclosed in the annual security report (ASR) submitted by colleges and universities. The new law represents a regulatory emphasis on specific categories of sexual abuse suffered by members of the college community. Learn more at

Voter Registration

Voter registration forms are available daily through the Dean of Students’ Office. We also conduct voter registration drives during periods of state and national election. For information on voting, visit the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.