2023-24 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Opens October 1, 2022


Create an FSA ID
We 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 fafsa.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.

Why do I have to submit my 2021 tax and income information on my 2023–24 FAFSA® form?

The 2023–24 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form asks for 2021 income and tax information. This is advantageous for most students and their families because it;

  • allows for immediate use of the Internal Revenue Service Data Retrieval Tool to transfer financial information for eligible applicants,
  • eliminates estimating income and tax information before taxes are filed,
  • reduces the need to come back and update a FAFSA form after filing taxes,
  • enables submitting a FAFSA form as early as October of the year before attending school.


The processing path for the White House’s recently announced debt relief is now live. To learn more about the loan forgiveness program or submit an application, visit StudentAid.gov.

You can review your borrowing history and Pell Grant usage history by using your FSA ID to log on to StudentAid.gov and go to your dashboard. Bear in mind that this site shows you your usage, not your current balance information including any interest that may have accrued during repayment.

Due to our own current student processing obligations, our staff are not able to review your loan and/or Pell Grant usage with you. Please continue to monitor new announcements on StudentAid.gov.



If you have questions about whether or not your payments on your Federal Direct Loans are counting towards Public Service Loan Forgiveness. Please use the PSLF Help Tool, found at StudentAid.gov to initiate a review of your payment count. As this is a federal loan waiver program, any questions will be best answered through StudentAid.gov.

NOTE: There is a Limited PSLF Waiver Opportunity available until October 31st, 2022. If you had payments that previously did NOT count towards PSLF, you must use the PSLF Help Tool to create and then submit employment verification forms for EACH period of employment that may qualify under PSLF, before October 31st, 2022. Review has been taking several months; the earlier you complete and submit the documents, the sooner you will receive a response.


Northern Michigan University is a qualifying employer under Public Service Loan Forgiveness.

For help navigating the monitoring process while you make payments, NMU has partnered with SAVI. To learn more about this free benefit, see our Student Loan Debt Solution page.


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COVID-19 Borrower Relief Information

Information for borrowers experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 related issues is available for students with federal direct and/or private loans.


Please contact the NMU Financial Aid Office at 906-227-2327 if you have any questions.

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).

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.

Situation Changes

If a family experiences situations such as the loss of a job, retirement, separation or divorce, death, or excessive out of pocket medical expenses not covered by insurance, 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

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.

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.

Maintain Financial Aid Eligibility

Federal law requires all those who receive federal financial aid for students to make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) toward their degree. 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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