Financial Aid Pathfinder

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What types of aid require a FAFSA?

Grants (Need-based award/Gift aid)

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

Self-Help Aid

  • Work study

Loans

  • Federal loans (Direct Stafford for students and parents)
  • Perkins

Other Funding (including Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and some other scholarships)

Explanation of different types of aid  

Understanding Financial Aid
 
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A "Student Aid Report" will be sent via
e-mail or mailed to you.

This document will come to you from FAFSA central processor.  The Student Aid Report will explain your "expected family contribution" (EFC). This is a very important document to read and understand.

  • The EFC is a measure of the family's financial strength based on income, assets, family size and etc., submitted on the FAFSA.
    • This does not represent your actual amount due to the school
If there are issues with any of the information reported on your FAFSA, they will be listed in the comment section of the Student Aid Report.
Student Aid Report
 
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Review the Student Aid Report.

  • If there are issues with any of the information reported on your FAFSA, they will be listed in the comment section of the Student Aid Report.
  • Review the Student Aid Report and make corrections online or mail the signed Student Aid Report back to FAFSA.
Student Aid Report Notes Section