2023-24 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)


Create an FSA IDWe strongly recommend you create an FSA ID, a username and password combination that allows you to sign your FAFSA® form electronically. While you can get your FSA ID as you’re completing the FAFSA form online, getting it ahead of time and using it to begin your FAFSA form on studentaid.gov cuts down on errors and delays.

For maximum aid consideration and to help ensure your aid is in place by the time tuition is due, please file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid annually by May 1.

2024-25 FAFSA Updates

The 2024-25 FAFSA is available.

In order to prepare for changes and find updates, we recommend you visit studentaid.gov

You may review updates through this page: nmu.edu/admissions/updates

Per the US Department of Education's update on 3/25/24 regarding the 2024-2025 FAFSA processing timeline, the Department was on track to process the 6 million FAFSA backlog to school's by the end of March.

The FAFSA system at studentaid.gov will begin allowing corrections to the FAFSA "in the first half of April''.  This will allow families that have started their FAFSAs, but were unable to complete the application, to return to the FAFSA to finalize any outstanding steps. Once access to the correction process begins during the first half of April, we will notify students whose FAFSAs were incomplete to return to the FAFSA to be included in our subsequent FAFSA eligibility notifications. 

If all goes as planned, NMU hopes to begin awarding prospective students with a valid Student Aid Index (SAI) during the week of April 15th.

If these timelines change, we will update you again.

Selected for Verification?

Before submitting documents to our office, please review your outstanding requirements in MyNMU. Some students may find they have fewer documents which must be submitted to our office, and others may not have to submit any additional information.  You can find instructions on how to view the latest updates to your outstanding document requirements here:   nmu.edu/finaid/viewaid (under Check for Required Information).


Attend NMU Tuition Free

Tuition Advantage Program

If you qualify for the Michigan Achievement Scholarship and a Federal Pell Grant, NMU is committed to providing the remainder of your tuition. 

The NMU Tuition Advantage is a last dollar scholarship that provides funding for tuition after Federal, state and institutional funding is used. This includes a Federal Pell Grant, the Michigan Achievement Scholarship, NMU scholarships/grants and any tuition-specific internal or external funds. Please note: NMU's Global Campus students are not eligible for the Tuition Advantage Program. 

Situation Changes

If a family experiences situations such as the loss of a job, retirement, separation or divorce, death, excessive out of pocket medical expenses not covered by insurance, or additional family members attending college, they should complete a "Special Circumstance Re-evaluation for Financial Aid" and provide supporting documentation. Please feel free to contact our office to speak to a Financial Aid Counselor regarding your situation. Click below for more information and contact our office with any questions

Know Your Next Steps

If you are a continuing student or a student who has attended orientation and are enrolled in classes, learn where your financial aid offer is in the granting and notification process by checking your student financial aid online.

Global Campus Students

Federal financial aid for students and other aid opportunities may differ between university programs (e.g. Global Campus versus Marquette Campus). Please contact NMU's Financial Aid Office to explore your individual need and circumstance.

Financial Aid Offers

All new eligible students will begin receiving financial aid offers in the mail as early as mid-December. Additional information on the financial aid notification process for new and continuing students is available. Northern Michigan University is committed to using the Principles & Standards of the College Cost Transparency Initiative in its student financial aid offer.

Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Federal law requires all those who receive federal financial aid for students to make SAP toward their degree to maintain financial aid eligibility. Students at NMU must meet all of the SAP requirements.

Contact Information

Please do not email documents with personal identifying information, such as Social Security number, date of birth, etc.

2107 Hedgcock

Main 906-227-2327

Fax 906-227-2321

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