Financial Aid at NSU

At Northern State University, achieving your goals is affordable and accessible. Northern offers a variety of financial aid types to meet your needs, including scholarships, grants, loans and student employment. NSU's dedicated financial aid office is here to walk you through all of your options and every step of the process. Connect with a financial aid counselor to find the best assistance for your wallet and your future.



File FAFSA and Fund Your Future

Looking to receive federal financial assistance from Northern State University? Let's get started. First, you fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Completing the FAFSA is your ticket to federal student aid. Northern uses this application to determine your eligibility for school and state-specific aid. File your FAFSA as soon as possible to access the most amount of aid that can be awarded to you based on your financial need.



October 1

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may be filed beginning October 1 each year.


March 1

Applications submitted before March 1 are given priority consideration for federal supplemental grants and federal work study.

Northern State University's FAFSA Code: 003466

“Scholarships made it so I didn’t have to look at college almost as a burden. It really just turned college from ‘it’s necessary to do what I want to do,’ to now like an opportunity that I can branch out.”


Itzel “Izzy” Sanchez

WolfPACT Scholarships

NSU's WolfPACT Scholarship is the region's most generous, four-year, merit-based scholarship. Available to first-time freshmen, scholarship money is awarded based on high school GPA and/or ACT or SAT scores.


What Are the Types of Financial Aid?


Northern State University offers scholarships that recognize your academic and personal achievements. NSU's premier WolfPACT Unleashed Scholarship is the region's most generous, four-year, merit-based scholarships. Available to first-time freshmen, scholarship money is awarded based on your high school GPA and/or ACT or SAT scores.

Check out Scholarship Manager for Northern Scholarships and the other scholarship pages below to find possible awards for academic excellence, to encourage your development in a particular field of study or to recognize exceptional artistic or athletic talent. 



Northern State University offers federal, state and institutional grants. Some funds are specific to future teachers. To qualify, you must complete the FAFSA.


View Grants



Northern offers a variety of loan options for full- and part-time students, including Federal Direct loans, Federal PLUS loans and alternative loan options. 


  View Loans 


Student Employment

Northern offers student employment opportunities as part of federal work-study for students who are enrolled at NSU at least part-time and demonstrate financial need. NSU also offers on-campus employment opportunities for students who wish to earn income while attending college (you do not need to apply for financial aid for this).  


   View Student Employment Options  



"Northern is also a great place for families looking for more affordable options, while receiving the best schooling."



Ellie Schmidt




Additional Financial Aid Resources

Tuition and Costs

Northern provides a first-class education at an affordable price. Our financial aid team will guide you one-on-one through costs and financial assistance options in order to find the best aid option for you. 

Financial Aid Links

Learn more about federal student loans, tax benefits available for higher education expenses, financial aid estimates and more.

Important Forms

Find forms and additional information here, such as the Aid Offer Guide, the Request for Additional Direct Loan Funds, the TEACH Grant Application and more.

Military & Veteran Affairs

NSU offers unique education benefits and resources for veterans, active military members, and their dependents. 

Academic Progress

Learn more about NSU's Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy and how it may affect your financial aid.

Code of Conduct

NSU is a member of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) and adheres to the NASFAA Statement of Ethical Principles. Learn more about NSU's Code of Conduct as it relates to financial aid.

Questions about Financial Aid? Contact Us.

Prospective and current students and families are welcome to reach out to the financial aid team at any time with questions or concerns. A financial aid office counselor will walk you through the process, answer questions you may have and help you find the best aid package for your financial situation. 


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