Most graduate students are eligible for only loans. Direct Loan funding is typically $8,500 per year. Students may request additional unsubsidized direct loan funding by completing the financial aid change form.
For other possible funding/scholarship opportunities for graduate students, including Graduate Assistantships are listed on this page. Work study funding is sometimes available, but limited, for graduate students. If you are interested in the work-study program, you must request consideration by completing a financial aid change form.
In order to be considered for federal loans or work study, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). We generally recommend having this form completed by March 1. We are able to process late applications as well, but cannot guarantee aid will be ready before fall tuition is due if the FAFSA is filed later.
If you have been out of school and paying on your federal loans, you may be eligible to defer these payments. You must be enrolled at least half time (4 credits) in order to qualify. NMU sends rosters of qualifying students to a federal database. If you are not automatically picked up on one of these lists, and are still receiving bills once you’ve begun classes, you can stop by the Financial Aid Office to complete a paper deferment form.
To be eligible for an overage, your financial aid must be more than your tuition and fees and all document requirements must be completed. Overage checks are generally available on the first day of classes each semester. The Student Service Center handles the distribution of overage checks.
You should familiarize yourself with the rights and responsibilities you have as a financial aid recipient. Correspondence from the Financial Aid Office will be sent to your NMU e-mail address. Please be sure to check this account often. You can view your financial aid information online at any time by going to mynmu.nmu.edu.