Financial Aid Pathfinder

Your Progress:

New students: watch for your award letter.

In mid-March, NMU begins mailing new students a financial aid award letter to those who submitted the FAFSA by March 1. This correspondence explains your financial aid eligibility based on the information you have provided. 

  • If you are a new student who receives an "estimated financial aid award" letter, you have outstanding requirements and additional documentation is required to finalize your financial aid eligibility. Actual financial aid awards are not determined until the documentation has been received and reviewed for accuracy by the Financial Aid Office.
Award Letter

Returning Students: Notifications are sent via e-mail.

In mid-March, NMU begins notifying returning students of outstanding requirements or additional documentation required to finalize financial aid eligibility.

If you are a returning NMU student, NMU will send you a notification to your NMU e-mail account around mid-June with your award letter of eligibility.

  • All notifications will be sent via your NMU e-mail account. Log onto your MyNMU account to view your financial aid eligibility.

More on missing documentation.

This is such a critical point that it bears a second notation. If we e-mail or send postal mail to you, it means we have a question! Please respond as quickly as possible.

Here is a list of things that can slow the financial aid process down:

  • Not sending in the required paperwork.
  • Forgetting to sign documents.
  • Leaving sections of the documents blank - fill in everything, including those questions where the answer is zero.
  • Not putting your name (the student) and NMU identification number on everything. This is especially important for families where student and parent last names are different.
Common Mistakes