- Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
- Must be registered with the Selective Service, if you are a male between the ages of 18 and 25
- Must be admitted to NSU in a qualified degree or certificate program
- Must maintain satisfactory academic progress, as defined by NSU
- May not be in default on a federal student loan
- Must not owe an overpayment of a federal loan or grant
Complete the FAFSA
- The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may be filed beginning Oct. 1 each year. Watch this short video for an overview of the process.
- Applications submitted before March 1 are given priority consideration for federal supplemental grants, federal work-study, and federal Perkins loans. List the NSU school code of 003466 on your FAFSA.
- The FAFSA will determine your dependency status. If you're classified as dependent, you'll need to provide information from your parents.
- Take your time and read all instructions. Remember - making a mistake on the FAFSA can be costly! Watch How to Fill Out the FAFSA for helpful tips.
- If you're eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, it provides a quick and easy way to enter tax data.
- Submit your FAFSA, then save a copy of your submitted information for your records.
- If your application is selected for a process called verification, you'll be notified by the Enrollment Service Center (ESC) in Vermillion, S.D. You'll need to complete a verification form, found at NSU Financial Aid Forms, and submit required documentation to the ESC.
- You will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR), which is a copy of the information you submitted on the FAFSA. Check the SAR for accuracy and make any necessary corrections to your FAFSA.
- The information reported in the FAFSA is used in a formula to calculate the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which is listed on your SAR. The EFC is an index of the family's ability to pay for college expenses for a year; the EFC is not necessarily what a family will pay out of pocket for school.
- To determine financial need, the EFC is subtracted from the cost of attendance (tuition, fees, books, supplies, room, board, personal and transportation expenses).
- Cost of Attendance minus Expected Family Contribution = FINANCIAL NEED
- NSU may mail you an aid award letter detailing the amount and type of federal financial aid for which you've qualified. Click HERE for the 2016-17 Award Letter Guide. Return your signed and fully completed aid award letter, along with any other required documents, to the NSU Financial Aid Office.