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Why fill out the FAFSA

Last Updated 20 March, 2015

Paying for college can be complicated and highly stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. At NNU, we try to make the financial aid process as simple as possible for you and your family. One of the best things you can do to make the financial aid process easier is submit a FAFSA to NNU.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) is a form for current and prospective college students that determines eligibility for federal and state financial aid. Programs like the Pell Grant, Federal Work Study, and Federal Loans like the Stafford and Perkins Loans all fall under the purview of the FAFSA. By answering a number of questions regarding wages, assets and family size, the FAFSA determines a number called the Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

Many families think they make too much money to be eligible for any federal aid, and this may be true. As a family’s EFC increases, there is less federal aid available to them. Here at NNU, we do financial aid a little differently. We want to make college as affordable as possible for every student without compromising our heritage as a private Christian university. To do this, we offer a variety of financial aid options to our students including academic, activity-based, and need-based scholarships. Academic scholarships are determined by grades and test scores. Activity based scholarships are awarded to students who participate in extracurricular activities like sports or music. Need based scholarships are determined by the FAFSA, and this is why it is so important to submit a FAFSA to NNU. Even if your family is not eligible for aid from Federal sources, you may be eligible for need-based scholarships from NNU. If you don’t submit a FAFSA, we won’t be able to offer this opportunity to you.

We would love to make the financial aid process as simple as possible for you and your family. Please call 208-467-8000 to schedule an appointment with either the Office of Admissions or the Office of Financial Aid.