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Northwest Railroad Institute (external link)

School Name and Address

Contact for more information

Northwest Railroad Institute
2901 E Mill Plain Blvd
Vancouver, WA 98661
Main telephone 800.868.1816
Website https://www.nw-ri.com/ (external link)
Request more information https://www.nw-ri.com/contact.html (external link)
Other sites Corporate Office location:
2901 East Mill Plain Boulevard
Vancouver, WA 98661

General Information

General information

Public or private Private
Type of school Private vocational school that offers a freight railroad operations program.
Date founded 2013
Degrees offered Diploma
School accreditation Licensed by the Washington State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board

School setting

Setting Urban (in a large city)
Closest major metropolitan area Vancouver
Population of city the school is in 160,800
Public transportation to campus Transportation provided from Student housing
Student parking on campus Plenty of free parking
County Clark

School visits

School visit availability Visits Monday - Friday by appointment
Contact to set up school visit Admissions Office; 360.695-2500

Additional information

This six-month program prepares students for jobs in the freight rail industry including yard switching operations, air brakes and train handling rules, and hazardous materials practices and handling. Northwest Railroad Institute is a satellite campus of the International Air and Hospitality Academy in Vancouver.

Student Body


Total number of students 50


Program costs

Tuition is $13,925 for the six-month program. Supplies and other materials are about $200. There is a $75 application fee.

Tuition rates vary by

Academic program/major

Tuition refund policy

Follows Washington State requirements as detailed in https://apps.leg.wa.gov/WAC/default.aspx?cite=490-105-130 (external link)
Contact the school for more information.

Tuition payment plans available

Deferment plan (you can pay part of your tuition at the start of the term and the rest at the end of the term)
Installment plan (you can pay tuition in several payments over the course of the term)
Pre-payment plan (if you pay your entire tuition when you enroll, you don't have to pay higher prices if tuition increases)

Financial Aid (external link)

Contact for counseling or more information

Kandis Nordstrom
Financial Aid Director
Financial aid office website https://www.nw-ri.com/financial-aid.html (external link)

Applying for financial aid

Submit these forms FAFSA

Financial aid programs at this school

Federal PLUS loans (for parents)
Federal Stafford loans (subsidized)
Federal Stafford loans (unsubsidized)
Need-based scholarships and grants
Federal Pell Grants
State-sponsored scholarships and grants
Veteran's benefits
Veteran's benefits, such as the GI Bill, are honored

Admissions (external link)

Contact for more information

Colleen Piller
Admissions Director
Admissions office website https://www.nw-ri.com/admissions.html (external link)
Electronic application website WWW.AHA.EDU (external link)

Education required for admission

High school education High school diploma required and GED accepted.

Application dates 

Admission is available Classes begin February, April, June, August, October, and December of each year
Application deadline 2-3 weeks prior to start date
Notified of acceptance by Letters mailed upon acceptance

Application requirements

Online application available WWW.AHA.EDU (external link)
Application fee $75

Other admissions information

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.


Degrees offered

Certificate or diploma

School catalog

Academic index website https://www.nw-ri.com/about-our-program.html (external link)

Graduation requirements

Passing grade

Attendance options

Full time
Summer school


Computers on campus for student use
Computer lab available to students
Online registration for classes

Housing (external link)

Contact for more information

Housing office website https://www.nw-ri.com/student-housing.html (external link)

Student Services

Academic services for all students

Academic advising

Other services for all students

Student lounge

Career Services

Career services offered

Career counseling
Job interview preparation
Job interviews
On campus recruitment by employers
Placement assistance
Résumé preparation assistance

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