Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

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Video: Filling Out the FAFSA
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You never have to pay to file your FAFSA, it's a FREE application. FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid and it is found at only one website. www.fafsa.ed.gov. Completing your FAFSA is the first step to receiving Financial Aid. The MSU-Northern federal school code is 002533; add this to your FAFSA under School Information.

The FAFSA is available January 1st each year for the upcoming academic year. In order to get the most aid possible it is best to apply by February 15th. We encourage you to complete your FAFSA as early as possible, even if you have not yet completed your taxes. You may submit your FAFSA using estimates and then make corrections at a later date.

Dependent Students vs. Independent Students
For financial aid purposes you are considered a dependent student unless you meet one of the following:

  • you are at least 24 years old;
  • you are married;
  • you have children;
  • you are or were an orphan or ward of the court until you turned 18;
  • you are a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Types of Aid You Could Receive
Once you have filed your FAFSA and have been admitted we will generate a Financial Aid award for you which may include:

  • Scholarships
    FREE MONEY! There are a number of scholarships available to you as an MSU-Northern student. These scholarships are due throughout the entire year so it is important to monitor our scholarship page monthly. This is money you do not have to pay back; it is worth your time to apply. You could benefit by applying for all scholarships because you don't know how many people will apply or if they will fulfill the requirements. Each year millions of scholarship dollars go un-awarded because no one applied.
  • Grants
    This are free money that you can apply for by completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Apply every January to see if you are eligible for Federal and State grants. Find out more about grants.
  • Work-Study
    This is campus based employment that works around your academic schedule. Find out more about Work-study
  • Tuition Waivers
    MSU-Northern offers a several tuition waivers that are available if you meet specific requirements.
  • Student Loans
    Student Loans There are a variety of federal loans available to college students. The loans are relatively easy to receive but unlike all of the options discussed above, they do have to be repaid...with interest! Student loans are designed to cover your college costs after all eligible scholarships, grants, work study and tuition waiver dollars have been awarded. Find out more about loans
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Is Financial Aid Free?
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