Northern State University school code: 003466


Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
  • 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 and federal work-study. 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.


FAFSA Follow-up

  • 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 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 a financial aid offer detailing the amount and type of federal financial aid for which you've qualified; see the 2024-25 Aid Offer Guide. Review the materials, then log in to Self Service Banner to accept or reject the aid.
  • Students experiencing a delay in their federal financial aid funding may be eligible for a short-term loan for books and supplies. Contact the NSU Financial Aid Office for details.