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Applying for financial aid at NAU

Step-by-step instructions

Navigating the financial aid process for college doesn’t have to be confusing. We’re here to help you every step of the way, making sure you receive the most possible money to pay for your education.

Check out the steps below, or get in touch with us at 928-523-4951 or to get started! If you’re ready to be a part of the Lumberjack family and haven’t applied for admission yet, apply today.

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File the FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first and most important step in the financial aid process. It’s by far the number one way to make sure you’re getting the most possible financial aid.

You don’t have to apply to NAU or be admitted before filing the FAFSA. Just be sure you enter NAU school code 001082 when you file it.

NAU’s priority filing date is May 1, and students have to re-file the FAFSA each year, not just when they apply for college. But for now, check out the website below for detailed instructions and a helpful video on getting started.

Note: Undocumented students who are ineligible to complete the FAFSA can complete the CSS profile using NAU school code 4006.

Fill out FAFSA form

Use the Net Price Calculator

The best way to get a feel for what attending NAU will cost is to try out our Net Price Calculator. The calculator is fully customizable and even matches you with potential scholarship and aid opportunities.

Try it out!

Look for your financial aid offer letter in the mail

The financial aid offer letter shows you what scholarships and other financial aid you are eligible for. Read your financial aid offer letter and all the information included with it carefully.

The financial aid offer letter can be helpful in determining whether you’ll need to take out a loan to pay for your education, and it’ll even show you how much of a loan you’re eligible for from the federal government. For more information on direct loans and how to accept them, check out the direct loans for NAU students page.

If your financial aid offer letter shows your family is eligible for a parent PLUS loan, they’ll need to take additional steps if they want to accept all or part of that loan.

Please note: for the 2024-25 academic year, the U.S. Department of Education has announced colleges and universities will not receive FAFSA applicant information until mid-March 2024. This delay will lead to postponement of financial aid financial aid offer letters. NAU is committed to packaging and sending award letters as quickly as possible once the information is received.

Important scholarship information

Be sure to submit your 6th semester and final high school transcripts to University Admissions to be considered for freshman tuition scholarships. Have your school send your transcripts to:

Northern Arizona University
Admissions and Enrollment Services
PO Box 4084
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-4084

In addition to scholarships and aid you’re automatically considered for just by filing the FAFSA, NAU’s ScholarshipUniverse can help match you with and apply for additional scholarships. Be sure to check it out!

All third-party, private donor scholarship checks should be received by our office no later than July 1 for the fall term and December 1 for the spring term to ensure they are posted to your account prior to each term’s disbursement.

A few more things

  • Stay up to date: Check your LOUIE To Do List as well as your personal and NAU email accounts, regularly.
  • Eligibility: in addition to filling out the FAFSA and being accepted to NAU, there are certain qualifications you must meet to be eligible to receive financial aid.
  • Verification: sometimes, students and families are selected to verify information on their FAFSA for accuracy. If selected, check out verification and get in touch with us for assistance.
  • Summer and winter sessions: learn more about financial aid for summer and winter terms.