Financial Aid Pathfinder

Your Progress:

New students: watch for your award letter.

In mid-March, NMU begins mailing financial aid award letters to new students 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.
  • If you are not selected for verification, you will still receive further instructions, so read your award letter carefully.
Award Letter

Returning Students: Notifications are sent via e-mail.

In mid-March, NMU begins e-mailing (NMU e-mail account) outstanding requirements or additional documentation requests to returning students.

In mid-June, NMU begins e-mailing award notifications to returning students via their NMU e-mail account. Log onto your MyNMU account to view your financial aid eligibility and to accept or decline your Federal student loans.


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. Additional information regarding outstanding verification documents can be viewed on your MyNMU account.

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.

If you still have questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 906-227-2327.

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