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


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.

2024-25 FAFSA Updates

The FAFSA application, which traditionally is open at this time, will be available by December 31, 2023 for the 2024-25 academic year. A date has not been set yet. In order to prepare for this date change and find updates, we recommend you visit www.studentaid.gov.

Who needs to be on the FAFSA?
*If parents file taxes separately, each parent will need their own FSA ID*
*If parents file taxes jointly, only one parent needs to create an FSA ID*

For parents/step-parents who need to create an FSA ID: You cannot create an ID and do the application
on the same day! Make sure to register ahead of time so it is ready prior to completing the FAFSA to avoid

For more detailed information about the FAFSA Simplification, please visit this link: https://nmu.edu/financialaid/better-fafsa

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, 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

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 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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