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Managing your financial aid

Understanding financial aid as a Lumberjack

The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid is here to help admitted NAU students navigate and maintain their financial aid and its processes through their time as a Lumberjack.

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If you’re an incoming student who has not yet applied to NAU or completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), check out our financial aid page for incoming students.

Check email and LOUIE for updates

Once you have been admitted to NAU and have filled out the FAFSA, be sure to check both your NAU and personal email accounts, as well as your LOUIE student account, regularly. Sometimes there is additional information or documentation needed to keep your financial records accurate and up-to-date.

In particular, keep an eye on your “To Do List” located on the right side of your LOUIE account.

The university manages and awards all institutional, state, and federal funds in accordance with applicable statutes and regulations and reserves the right to adjust your offer at any time based on the availability of federal and state funds and/or changes in your eligibility.  Eligibility may change if your financial need changes (as determined by elements of the FAFSA or other calculations), additional financial resources are received, your course enrollment changes, and/or Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements are not met.  Adjustments may result in cancellation or student repayment of offered funds.  You will be notified of any adjustments via NAU email, and they will be viewable in LOUIE

How disbursement works

Disbursement is the name for the process of financial aid (scholarships, grants, loans, etc.) being distributed into your LOUIE account to pay for tuition, fees, and other expenses.

Learn more about the disbursement process and its timelines.

Continue to fill out the FAFSA

Did you know you (and your parent, if you are a dependent student) must continue to complete the FAFSA every year? The FAFSA generally becomes available around Oct. 1 for the following academic year. NAU students should complete the FAFSA as soon as possible each year to ensure you are getting the most possible aid.

Maintain your aid eligibility

Scholarships and other aid are not guaranteed for the entire time you are a Lumberjack. You must meet certain requirements each year to continue receiving your current or new aid.

In particular, familiarize yourself with Satisfactory Academic Progress, which is the standard you must meet in your classes in order to continue receiving certain types of aid.

Review FAQs and contact us

One of the best things you can do throughout your time as a Lumberjack to ensure the most possible financial aid is to communicate with us consistently. We’re here to help you understand and maximize the financial aid you’re eligible to receive.

Whether you have questions, concerns, or simply want a friendly expert to help walk you through the processes to make sure you’re doing it right, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

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