Getting Started

To be considered for any need based financial aid (that includes student loans), you are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Apply for a PIN

We encourage you to apply for a personal identification number (PIN), which is your electronic access code. A PIN can be requested from or The PIN will act as your signature on the FAFSA. It also will provide you access to other personal information stored in other federal aid sites. Parent(s) of dependent students should also apply for a PIN. NEVER SHARE YOUR PIN WITH ANYONE.

Complete the FAFSA

We encourage you to apply online using FAFSA on the Web at Applying online normally reduces processing time. Help is available. If you prefer a paper FAFSA application, you may request one from the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID.

Apply as soon as possible after January 1 of each year. Northwood encourages you to apply earlier than your state aid deadline or March 1. Read more about your state aid deadline on the FAFSA website.

If you have questions when completing your FAFSA, you can get free help by contacting the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4 FED AID or by contacting your Northwood Financial Aid Office. If you are using FAFSA on the web, you can also get help online.

Northwood University School Code for the FAFSA

Michigan Campus School Code is 004072.

What's Next?

After you have submitted your FAFSA to the federal government for processing, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). Review the information. Follow any instructions on the SAR. Be sure Northwood's school code is on the SAR. You may find that your SAR has been selected for verification. If so, you will be receiving a letter from the Financial Aid Office requesting additional information.

Before the Financial Aid Office is able to offer you financial assistance, you must have applied for admissions and been accepted for enrollment at Northwood. After you have been accepted, and the Financial Aid Office has received your SAR from the Department of Education and any requested documentation from you, the Financial Aid Office will mail you an award letter. The award letter will notify you of the types and amounts of aid that you may receive. You will also be able to view your award information at

Remember the Financial Aid Office is here to serve you. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.

Contact Information

Financial Aid Office
4000 Whiting Drive
Lower Level Miner Hall
Midland, Michigan 48640
Phone: 989.837.4230
Fax: 989.837.4130

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST