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HOW TO APPLY for Financial Aid

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) becomes available annually on October 1 at For priority consideration for limited funds complete the FAFSA prior to December 1st.

The FAFSA date above is for priority consideration only. Applications received after this date will only be considered for funds that are still available.

How Do I Apply For Financial Aid?

For the Office of Student Financial Assistance to determine if you are eligible for assistance, it is necessary that you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) . To determine your eligibility for financial assistance (grants & loans), it is necessary that you complete the FAFSA and be accepted to NKU as a degree seeking student. The FAFSA can be completed by any of the following means:

  • Online at FAFSA
  • Paper version (must contact Federal Processor to obtain a copy at 1-800-433-3243)

To complete and sign the FAFSA, you will need an FSA ID.  

Did you know?

The U.S. Department of Education will provide more than $83 billion this year, about 60 percent of all student aid, to help millions of students and families pay for postsecondary education.

FAFSA Overview Video

Click on the following link to view a short tutorial on completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.


Do not submit more than one FAFSA

Please ensure that Northern Kentucky University is included as a school on your FAFSA. Only schools listed will receive the data. Northern Kentucky University's Title IV code is 009275.

Once you submit your FAFSA you may be asked to provide additional information to our office. The U.S. Department of Education requires that schools verify certain information for accuracy. The purpose of this is to ensure that the students with the highest eligibility for federal funds are given access to these funds. Click here for more detailed verification information.

Once your financial aid file is complete an award package notification will be sent to the student. When determining an award package for a student, NKU offers the maximum in award eligibility based on the FAFSA from federal, state, and instituitional sources. Any outside funding resources received by the student (i.e. scholarships) must be reported to the Office of Student Financial Assistance as these additional awards could alter the students offered and/accepted awards.

REMINDER: You must reapply each academic year for financial aid.

Summer financial assistance

Summer financial aid eligibility is based upon what a student has recieved for the previous fall and spring semesters. If  a student has not used all their aid during fall and spring semesters then they should have eligibility for the summer.  To determine elilgibility students must contact the office to appIy. Click here for more detailed summer information.

Transfer students

Check with the Office of Transfer Services to make sure all forms have been completed or are in process for admission to NKU as a degree seeking student.

NKU requires a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) be filed with the Department of Education. If you have not requested the information be sent to Northern Kentucky University, a College Name Change/ Form is available at the receptionist desk. This process usually takes about three weeks. You can also request the information be sent to us by calling the Department of Education at 1-800-433-3243.

REMINDER: Loans can not be transferred. You need to reapply by adding NKU to your current FAFSA.