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!

NAU’s 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 2015 tax information for both the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 academic years.
  • Determine your dependency status by watching this video here
  • Enter NAU school code 001082
Understanding your Award Letter
      • 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 year.  
        • Complete a Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling MPN and EC
      • 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.  

Scholarship information
  • 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.
How your charges are paid

    How charges are paid

 NAU Parents button


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.