Preparing your financial aid
Welcome new students!
Northern Arizona University is committed to helping
you and your family through the financial aid process. Bookmark this page for regular updates as you
approach New Student Orientation and your first days as a Lumberjack.Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) early!
Understanding your Award Letter
FAFSA priority date is November 15. If you meet this date and certain eligibility
requirements, you will be considered for limited grant funding. Awarding begins mid-December, after which
point you will receive an award letter in the mail.
Steps to completing the FAFSA:
- Request an FSA ID
- Start the FAFSA online
- Use the Data Retrieval Tool
(DRT) to import student and parent tax information. Note:
Use 2015 tax information for both the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 academic
- Determine your dependency status by watching this video here
- Enter NAU school code 001082
- When you receive your award
letter each year, read it carefully.
- Your financial aid awards are
based on the information provided on the FAFSA and are subject to change
should you be selected for verification _verification page_. This will be noted on the award letter
and the LOUIE To Do List (screen shot)
- Awards listed are split between
fall and spring semesters, to ensure students receive equal amounts each
term to pay institutional charges.
- If you are offered a Federal
Direct loan, decide whether you want to accept the full amount or a
portion of the offered amount, or decline your loans completely. If accepting, you must take further
action to secure these loans.
- Accept or decline each
- Complete a Master Promissory
Note and Entrance Counseling
- If offered the Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS), your
parents must take further action to apply for and accept either the full amount
or a portion of the offered amount.
How your charges are paid
- Submit your 7th
semester and final HS transcript to Undergraduate Admissions to be
considered for Freshman Merit-Based Tuition scholarships (link to Tuition).
- All third-party, private donor
scholarship checks should be mailed to our office no later than August 1st
to ensure it is posted to your account prior to fall disbursement.
Watch Video: What Happens after the FAFSA
Video Accessibility Instructions:
These video instructions are located directy above a YouTube video. Hit the DOWN arrow key until you hear the words FLASH START. Once the screen reader is inside the FLASH OBJECT, hit the TAB key about 7 times until you hear PLAY BUTTON a second time. Hit the Spacebar key to play the video. You can then hit the Spacebar key again to pause the video. Feel free to hit TAB and TAB+SHIFT to listen to all the buttons in the FLASH OBJECT. Sometimes the PLAY button and the PAUSE button will be listed as an UNLABLED BUTTON.