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Student Resources

Getting Started

Here are the next steps after you've submitted your application.


  • Once you have submitted your application, official transcripts, and additional requested information your student profile will be reviewed and your acceptance will be determined.
  • To determine if you have been admitted, please review your email and/or your CatPAWS portal (please see below to determine how to access your student portal). If you have not heard back within one business week you can contact Northwest Missouri State directly at 1-844-890-9304.

Familiarize yourself with the CatPAWS Portal

  • The CatPAWS Portal is your Official University account providing you access with registration, billing, transcripts and much more.
  • Steps to access your CatPAWS Student Portal:
    • Select Connect
    • Select Bearcat Login
    • Select CatPAWS
    • Select Login/Enter Secure Area
    • User ID is found in your acceptance email
    • Pin is your date of birth (MMDDYY or last 6 digits of your user ID)
    • Set your security question and proceed to the next page
  • Username and Password will be available after your admission/enrollment is complete within 48 hours:
    • Select Connect
    • Select Bearcat Login
    • Select CatPAWS
    • Select Login/Enter Secure Area
    • Select Personal Information
    • Select Retrieve Initial Email Login
    • Read terms and click agree if appropriate
    • Your Northwest e-mail address (S#) and initial password will be displayed
    • Your password will be good for 120 days which you will then be prompted to change it
  • University E-mail will be available after your admission/enrollment is complete within 48 hours:
    • Select Connect
    • Select Bearcat Login
    • Select Student Email
    • Username is your S#
    • Password (found in Retrieve Initial Email Login)
    • It is the student's responsibility to check their University e-mail account for time sensitive information

Northwest Online (Canvas) is your student course site portal. All of your courses and information will be located in Northwest Online. This is where you will spend most of your time learning for your classes.

  • Username and Password: Your login and password for Northwest Online is the exact same as your Northwest e-mail.
  • Access Northwest Online at:

Should you have any concerns regarding your University-assigned e-mail account please contact Computing Services Helpdesk on campus at (660) 562-1634

Please Note: It is important to review and familiarize yourself with your student portal because all official university actions will be done there.

Financial Aid & Payments

Northwest Missouri provides resources for you to navigate the Financial Aid process. Learn more about financial aid and payments for courses.

Financial Aid

  • Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. Federal Student Aid is responsible for managing the student financial assistance programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. These programs provide our graduate students attending college or career school with the opportunity to use Federal student loan funds to help pay their educational costs.
  • If you have not already done so, please visit and submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This will allow us to determine how much student aid you are eligible for and will help you pay for any education- related expenses. (Note: To see if you qualify and to request further information, you can visit: as well as
  • Items required: Internet-enabled device, a copy of your and/or your parents' (if applicable) income tax return from the previous year, relevant W2 forms, a Social Security number, and Northwest Missouri State's Federal School Code (002496). For additional requirements, visit:
  • For greater assistance, please visit the Northwest Missouri State dedicated Financial Aid webpage: Here, you can find resources and more information on how you can apply for financial aid, academic requirements, loan processes, etc.
  • If you have already applied for financial aid, please check your student email periodically for any updates that may be sent to you regarding the status of your aid.
  • Important Notice: Be aware that registering for classes incurs a financial obligation. Payment is due for all online classes prior to the first day of class. Please plan accordingly, as disbursement of financial aid may follow your payment due date. (See Payments for additional information.)


  • To determine the payment amount you will incur, please visit your CatPAWS portal. There you can view payment options and make your payments.
  • For assistance and information regarding payment options please visit:


Find out how to get enrolled for class!

Class Registration

  • Registering for classes at Northwest Missouri State is easy! Once you have been admitted, the Registrar's Office will enroll you for your first block course(s) and then using the steps below, you will need to self-register through CatPAWs every term after.
  • Depending upon your entry point in the program, you will have certain classes available to you as a first time student. Because of this, it is important to note that to receive Federal Financial Aid assistance you must be registered at least as a half-time student. (Please discuss any additional concerns with your advisor and/or the financial aid office.)

Steps to Register

  • First time enrollment: your enrollment will be processed through the Registrar's Office. You will receive notification after you have been enrolled.
  • Continuing student enrollment:
  • Using your Northwest ID credentials (same as your login for Northwest Online and e-mail), login to myNorthwest link: Here you will find directions for continuing your enrollment in Northwest Online for the next session.
  • Please contact the Graduate Office at 660-562-1144 with any registration issues you are experiencing.

Title IX Requirement

In accordance with federal guidelines and in an effort to prevent instances of sexual misconduct within our community, students are required to complete an online training on Title IX. An email containing information on the training, called “Think About It", and your personal access link was sent to your student email account by Campus Clarity. Follow the directions contained in that email to complete the training requirements. It may take up to 24 hours for your completion to be recorded in university systems and for any enrollment block to be removed. If you have any questions, or did not receive or lost the training access email, please contact the Office for Equity and Accessibility by emailing

Wellness Questionnaire

A completed Health History Form and TB Screening Questionnaire is required of all students - you can download the form here and follow the submissions guidelines. Questions? Please contact or (660) 562-1348

Achieving Success

At Northwest Missouri State University, student advisors are here for you. Find out how to contact them.

To receive student advising, you can contact your advisor directly (via email or phone) and set up a meeting time. To setup an advising time slot please email:

Pro Tip: To expedite the advising process via email, it is recommended that you include dates and times you are available, as well as your student ID and your full name.

Textbooks - Purchasing/Renting

  • After successfully being registered for classes, you can check the Northwest Missouri State bookstore to determine which books you will be required to use: Click Here for the Bookstore
  • Pro Tip: Remember to buy any materials you need as soon as possible to avoid inconveniences and delays. There are many vendors from which to choose.

Class Participation

  • It is important to note that class participation is required for successful course and program completion. Professors will require constant interaction and participation from you and everyone else enrolled in their courses.
  • Please be sure to remain engaged with your professors and fellow classmates.

Technical Support

Need help with something technical?

Students experiencing technical issues with Northwest online courses or programs have multiple resources for assistance. The Northwest Online Helpdesk is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, at 844-889-5674. You can begin a live chat online for assistance at:

The Northwest Email and CatPaws Support Desk is available at 660-562-1634 or at Hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Central Time) and Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Central Time).


The B.D. Owens Library at Northwest Missouri State University provides access to thousands of online journal titles and eBooks for Northwest students.

B.D. Owens Library

Students enrolled in Northwest's online programs can experience the vast resources of the on-campus B.D. Owens Library, including databases, journals and research tools.

For assistance with access to library materials, visit or call 660-562-1193. You can also text an on-duty librarian directly at 660-474-4111 or email

Graduation Information

You did it! Find out how to apply for graduation.

Students preparing to graduate with a degree from one of Northwest's online programs are required to:

  • Apply for completion of your degree on CatPaws. This application should be completed within the first month of your final trimester or earlier if required by your program.
  • Check your record and pay the graduation fee. During your last trimester of graduate study, check your Degree Audit to make sure records are complete. Pay the one-time graduation fee to the Cashiering Office.
  • Find details of the commencement ceremony on the commencement page if you wish to attend.
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