This award will represent the value of the difference in price between in-state and out-of-state tuition. It is equivalent to approximately $6100 USD during your first year based on 28 credit hours (the scholarship total will vary based on credit hours taken). The scholarship is renewable the second year if a student completes 24 unique credit hours (superseded credit hours do not count twice) with a 3.0 GPA. If a student does not maintain continuous enrollment they will lose their waiver. All students entering on NIAS funds will receive an extensive session on how to maintain funding for their entire degree. For NEW freshmen (first-year students) to be eligible for the NIAS, you must have graduated from a non-English speaking school and be at one of the following levels of English proficiency: 65 on Internet-based TOEFL -or- 513 on Paper-based TOEFL -or- 6.0 on Academic IELTS -or- 50 on Pearson Test of English International freshmen who are not required to provide proof of English proficiency because they are from an English-speaking country are eligible with a 3.00 high school grade point average or with an SAT score of at least 980 or ACT score of at least 21. For international NEW transfer students to be eligible for the NIAS, you must transfer to Northwest with a 3.00 GPA in at least 24 hours of transferable credit and meet the standard English proficiency levels for international acceptances. Transfer students with fewer than 24 transferable hours will be eligible based on freshman criteria. These are automatic scholarships that will be applied to the student's account. There is no application required to be considered for these scholarships.