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Important dates and deadlines

Scholarship deadlines and information

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Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  • Generally opens Oct. 1 every year
  • NAU is extending the FAFSA priority filing date to May 1 (previously April 1) to allow the time necessary for students and families to consider NAU’s financial aid offer and make informed college decisions.

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Financial aid disbursements occur Monday through Saturday, beginning 10 days before the first day of each semester or summer session.

Learn more about disbursement, including what disbursement means as well as processing timelines.

Loan deadlines

TermLoan typeLast date to award
Fall 2023Fall-onlyDecember 8, 2023
Spring 2024Spring-only and 23-24 AYMay 3, 2024
Summer 2024Summer-onlyJuly 29, 2024

Accepting loans

TermLoan typeAccept loans before
Spring 2024Spring-only and 2023–24 AYMay 3, 2024
Summer 2024Summer-onlyJuly 29, 2024

Federal PLUS loan application deadlines

TermTerm datesApplication deadline
Summer 2024May 13, 2024–Aug. 6, 2024July 29, 2024
2024–25 fall/spring academic yearAugust 2024–May 2025May 1, 2025
Fall 2024 onlyAugust–December 2024 Dec. 5, 2024
Spring 2025 onlyJanuary–May 2025May 1, 2025
Summer 2025May–August 2025 July 29, 2025

Freshman tuition scholarship deadlines

A student’s offer of admission must be accepted and the enrollment fee paid in order to receive this award. Final high school transcripts must be submitted to Admissions and Enrollment Services immediately following high school graduation.

View more information on first-year scholarships.

National Scholar Awards

The offer of admission to the university must be accepted and the enrollment deposit must be paid for the following academic year. The award must be used beginning in the fall of the year following designation as a National Merit Semifinalist, National Merit Finalist, National Merit Scholar (NMSC or Corporate award), National Hispanic Scholar, or College Board-National Recognition Program.

View more information on National Scholar Awards.

Transfer scholarships

Most NAU transfer scholarships have the following deadlines:


  • Submit the FAFSA by May 1 preceding the fall term of enrollment.
  • Submit the FAFSA by Dec. 1 preceding the spring term of enrollment.

Acceptance and enrollment deposits:

  • Accept your offer of admission and pay your enrollment deposit by June 1 for the fall semester.
  • Accept your offer of admission and pay your enrollment deposit by Dec. 1 for the spring semester.

TEACH Grant application

The TEACH Grant Application must be completed each year by the following deadlines:

  • Fall: Oct. 1
  • Spring: March 1

Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid scholarships

Applications for non-merit-based scholarships from NAU generally open in January and close in mid-March each year for the following fall semester.

See ScholarshipUniverse for more details.

NAU Foundation scholarships

Applications for non-merit-based scholarships from NAU opened January 16 and close March 15 for the 2024–25 academic year.

See ScholarshipUniverse for more details.

Tribal scholarships

Indigenous Lumberjacks might qualify for scholarships or other aid directly from their Tribe or Tribal organization. Explore each tribe’s deadlines and additional funding information.

Study abroad

Submit your official transcript from your college abroad within the required timeframe to avoid losing your financial aid:

Semester spent abroadSemester to submit your transcripts by
Entire academic yearSummer

Arizona Academic Decathlon Scholarship

Priority is given to students who submit their application to by Aug. 1 for fall and Dec. 1 for spring.

Visit Arizona Academic Decathlon Scholarship to learn more.

Financial aid processing timelines

ProcessBusiness days
Verification35 business days
SAP appeals25 business days
Budget appeals25 business days
Contribution appeals 25 business days
Scholarship reinstatement25 business days
Email inquires and cases10 business days
Documents submitted (to be removed from To Do List) 10 business days
CEP consortium agreements15 business days
Withdrawal processing 30 calendar days

Satisfactory Academic Progress appeals

SAP appeal deadlines:

  • Fall: Nov. 1
  • Spring: April 1
  • Summer: July 1

Scholarship Reinstatement request deadlines

  • Fall: Nov. 1
  • Spring: April 1

Contribution appeals

The deadline to submit an appeal for the 2023–24 academic year is April 10, 2024.

Budget Appeals

The Full Academic Year Budget Appeal and/or Spring 2024 Budget Appeal deadline is April 1, 2024.

Consortium agreements

To ensure the consortium agreement is processed before financial aid disbursement, submit the completed consortium agreement by the following priority deadlines:

  • Fall: Aug. 1
  • Spring: Dec. 1
  • Summer: May 1

The final deadline to submit a consortium agreement is 7 days prior to the 100% tuition refund date.

Specific dates for each term can be found on Student and Departmental Account Services.