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Applying/Reapplying for Financial Aid

 
 

If you plan to attend NHU during the Fall and Spring and would like to apply for financial aid, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 2, every year to apply for both Pell & CAL Grant.

New Applicants (Students who have never applied for financial aid)

  • Obtain a U.S. Department of Education PIN at www.pin.ed.gov. This PIN may serve as your electronic signature when completing your online FAFSA. Federal Student Aid (FSA) will send an e-mail with your PIN information and steps for using your PIN.
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  • Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov to learn about the FAFSA process and complete the application on-line.
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  • If you need to apply using a paper application, please contact FSA to request a paper application at 1-800-433-3243.
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Renewal Applicants (Students who have previously applied for financial aid)

Federal Verification Process: Schools are no longer allowed to accept personal tax returns for verification purposes. If a student is selected for the verification process, he or she must now submit an official IRS tax return transcript if they filed taxes and did not use the IRS Date Retrieval Tool or used the tool but then altered the information.

Important Notes!

  1. March 2nd is the priority filing date for the FAFSA to apply for Pell & CAL Grant. If you will not complete your federal tax return by the priority filing date, use an estimated income on your FAFSA. Your application must be transmitted on-line or postmarked by March 2nd. You may still complete the FAFSA application after the priority filling date of March 2nd.
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  2. The federal school code for NHU is 016968.
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  3. Do not file or sign your FAFSA prior to January 1. If you file or sign your FAFSA early, you will be sent a rejected Student Aid Report (SAR) which must be re-signed, dated and returned to FSA.
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  4. Cal Grant GPA Verification: All students who were enrolled at NHU and who have completed 24 units at NHU will be considered for Cal Grant. Students who were admitted for Spring semester must submit a GPA Verification Form completed by their prior school of attendance. All GPA verification forms must be submitted by March 2nd to the California Student Aid Commission.
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Applying for federal financial assistance is a two-part process consisting of (1) application and notification of eligibility, and (2) signed award notice and completion of the Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling. This process takes approximately 2 to 4 weeks from the initial application through the receipt of funds. Students are strongly encouraged to begin the application process at least 8 weeks prior to the beginning of the start/renewal date to ensure the following deadlines are met.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) should be submitted at least 4 weeks prior to the student's effective start date, as well as each subsequent loan renewal date. A signed award notice, fully executed master promissory note and entrance counseling must be on file in the financial aid office no later than 15 calendar days after the student is notified of the award.

Specific eligibility requirements vary between programs. The following criteria apply to all Federal Student Aid programs:

  • Citizen: Be a U.S. citizen, or eligible non-citizen
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  • Selective Service: Be registered for the selective service, if required to do so
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  • High School Diploma or GED: Have a high school diploma or GED.
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  • Degree-Seeking: Be enrolled as a degree-seeking student or enrolled in an eligible certificate program
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  • Not Owe Refund: Not owe a refund on any federal grant, be in default on a federal student loan, or have borrowed in excess of the loan limits under the Title IV programs at any institution
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  • Academic Good Standing: Maintain good academic standing in your program and make satisfactory progress toward the degree
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  • Enrollment: Be enrolled at least half-time; undergraduates at least 6 units half-time, 12 units full-time
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