Financial Aid informational presentation
The video below provides an overview of the financial aid process.
- What You Need to Know about Financial Aid (PDF)
- Presentation recording (below)
Complete the FAFSA
- The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may be filed beginning Oct. 1 each year.
- Applications submitted before March 1 are given priority consideration for federal supplemental grants and federal work-study. List the NSU school code of 003466 on your FAFSA.
- Submit your FAFSA, then save a copy of your submitted information for your records.
Apply for scholarships
- Check with your high school and local businesses (insurance company, electric company, bank, parent's employers, etc.).
- Consider your talents (academic, athletic, fine arts, etc.) and apply for scholarships in these areas. Use a free scholarship search engine to help you (fastweb.com, scholarships.com, cappex.com, etc.).
- Check out NSU's scholarships
Apply for admission
Apply for admission and complete all requirements of the admissions process. Note that if you are enrolling in a program of study abroad that has been approved for credit by NSU, you may be eligible for federal student aid through NSU.
Apply for outside aid
- Vocational rehabilitation
- Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)/tribal aid
- Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and/or Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA)
- Department of Social Services Education and Training Voucher (ETV)
Consider costs at NSU Tuition and Costs
Complete additional paperwork
- If your application requires you to provide follow-up documentation such as verification forms, you'll be notified by the Enrollment Service Center (ESC) via email. You'll be directed to Self-Service Banner to access the forms online that you'll need to print and submit to ESC.
- You will receive a financial aid offer detailing the amount and type of federal financial aid for which you've qualified; see the 2023-24 Aid Offer Guide. Review the materials, then log into Self Service Banner to accept or reject the aid.
- Northern State University is committed to using the principles and standards of the College Cost Transparency Initiative in its student financial aid offer.
- Students who borrow a Direct Loan will need to complete the master promissory note and entrance loan counseling at Federal Student Aid.
Consider alternative options
Keep in touch
Stay in touch with the NSU Financial Aid Office and respond promptly to all requests for additional information.