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Know what types of aid require a FAFSA.

Gift Aid

  • Pell Grant
  • Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
  • NMU's Board of Trustees Grant
  • Scholarships (including some merit-based awards)

Self-Help Aid

  • Work Study
  • Federal loans (Direct Stafford for students and parents)

Learn More about different types of aid.

PIN Web site
 
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Get your Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID)

An electronic user name and password, the FSA ID (Federal Student Aid ID), is required for students, parents of dependent students and borrowers.  Go to https://fsaid.ed.gov to apply for your FSA ID.  For security reasons, you and your parent cannot use the same e-mail address when creating FSA ID’s.  You will need this FSA ID to electronically: 

  • Sign your Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year
  • Make corrections to your FAFSA
  • Complete loan requirements
  • Review your federal aid history in the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)
FASFA Form
 
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Get ready to complete the FAFSA.

You will need records of income earned in the year prior to when you will start school. You may also need records of your parents' income information if you are a dependent student or spouse if you are married. 

  • W-2 forms and other records of money earned
  • Federal Income Tax Return (IRS 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ or Foreign Tax Return or Tax Return for Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Marshall Islands, the Federal States of Micronesia or Palau)
  • Untaxed income records
  • Current bank statements, business and investment mortgage information, business and farm records, stock, bond and other investment records
  • Amount of child support paid or received
Filling out your FASFA