Financial Aid

At Northern, more than 81 percent of students receive some form of financial aid, totaling $15.2 million annually. We offer several types of financial aid, including scholarships, grants, loans and student employment.

To receive financial assistance, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).


To receive maximum consideration for financial aid, apply no later than March 1 of the year you wish to enroll. Most aid is awarded on the basis of need.



Get help paying for college by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. List the NSU school code of 003466 on your FAFSA.


The 2022-23 FAFSA is available now. This application collects recent tax information, and most people will be able to transfer their tax numbers from the IRS directly to their FAFSA.


If you'd like to receive aid for the 2022-23 academic year, please complete your application as soon as possible.

Oct. 1

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may be filed beginning Oct. 1 each year.

March 1

Applications submitted before March 1 are given priority consideration for federal supplemental grants and federal work study.



WolfPACT Scholarship

Northern's WolfPACT Scholarship is the largest

guaranteed scholarship in the region!

The WolfPACT Scholarship is available for first-time freshmen.


Scholarships may be awarded for academic excellence, to recognize and encourage development in a particular field of study, or for extraordinary artistic or athletic talent.



WolfPACT Scholarship

Northern's WolfPACT scholarship for incoming freshmen is the largest guaranteed scholarship in the region. We offer more money to college students when they need it the most!



Downloadable forms related to NSU financial aid

Links to U.S. Department of Education and IRS resources, exit loan counseling, alternative lenders and more

Federal Pell Grant, SEOG Grant, TEACH Grant, SDEAF and SDNBG grants

Information on Direct Stafford, PLUS and alternative loans

Federal workstudy, student labor, NSU Wolfwork and more

Education benefits available for veterans, active military members and their dependents

NSU's Satisfactory Academic Progress policy and how it affects financial aid

NASFAA Statement of Ethical Principles and NSU's Code of Conduct as it relates to federal financial aid

Contact Financial Aid




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