Completing the FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the most important step in planning for your college expenses.  It provides a complete and official calculation of your expected family contribution (EFC) and an idea of your financial need. The FAFSA also determines your eligibility for a variety of grant and loan programs. NAU's school code is 001082. Please enter this code on the FAFSA in order for NAU to receive your information. 

Before completing the FAFSA, both you and a parent or guardian will need to get a Personal Identification Number or PIN. The PIN acts as your electronic signature and is required to complete the FAFSA application.  You will then use the same PIN to complete the FAFSA every year. Go to to get your PIN.  

Once the FAFSA is processed, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) showing your official expected family contribution. This information is also sent to NAU and is used to evaluate your eligibility for financial assistance. 

Please complete the FAFSA online at

Students and families may get free help in completing the FAFSA from financial aid professionals at College Goal Sunday. Please see this website for more information:      

For information on First Time FAFSA Filers, please view the 2014-2015 Tutorial.

For information on Renewal FAFSA Filers, please view the 2014-2015 Tutorial.

Things to know

  • Apply early. When you visit the FAFSA site, you may see forms for two academic years. Pick the one that covers the academic year for which you are applying. 
  • Submit the FAFSA by February 1st each year to receive priority consideration. 
  • You must be admitted to the university to formally receive a notice of financial assistance.
  • Men between the ages of 18 and 25 must register with Selective Service to be eligible to receive financial assistance.