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Apply for financial aid EARLY and remember to REAPPLY for each school year in attendance. A school year is fall, spring, and summer semesters. To apply for financial aid you must complete in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can submit the FAFSA beginning October 1, 2019 using 2018 tax information for the 2020-2021 academic year (Fall 2020; Spring 2021; summer 2021).
Northland provides a checklist to help facilitate the financial aid process, in order to make it as easy as possible.
The Business Office oversees the distribution of a student’s financial aid refund.
Here is how it works:
When your financial aid is disbursed, the computer system determines your number of registered credits and adjusts accordingly any grant eligibility you may have. (Federal and State Grants will apply to your student account automatically. Loans require a separate application be completed before funds will disburse.) Your financial aid (i.e. grants, scholarships or loans) will transfer electronically to your student account. If there is more than enough financial aid to pay your tuition, fees and any other charges owed to the college a refund for the difference will be distributed to you by the Business Office in either the form of direct deposit or a check mailed to your address on file. We encourage you to have your financial aid refund directly deposited into your checking or saving account because it is the fastest and safest disbursement method. To sign up for direct deposit you will do so in your eServices account. Students must sign up one week before funds are disbursed. Direct deposit setup instructions and information on disbursement dates can both be accessed at the links below.
Students may be required to return a portion of their financial aid (Title IV) due to not completing all their classes in a semester. Northland processes “Return to Title IV” calculations within 30 days of the date it is determined that the student withdrew or stopped attending. Northland returns funds back to the Title IV programs within 45 days of that date.
Here are a couple of examples when financial aid needs to be paid back.
The FSA ID is made up of a username and password required to access certain U.S. Department of Education online systems. It will be used to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information and electronically signing your free application for federal student aid (FAFSA) and other federal student aid documents. (For students required to supply parent(s) information, one parent will also need to apply for a FSA ID).Apply for a FSA ID
Did you know that most male students must be registered with the Selective Service System before they are eligible to receive student loans, Pell Grants, or other forms of school financial assistance? That's been the law since 1982. You can stay eligible by registering online with Selective Service.
The primary goal of the financial aid professional is to help students achieve their educational goals through financial support and resources. NASFAA (National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators) members are required to exemplify the highest level of ethical behavior and demonstrate the highest level of professionalism. We, financial aid professionals, declare our commitment to the following Statement of Ethical Principles.Learn more