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What is the FAFSA Simplification Act?

The FAFSA Simplification Act is a law that represents a significant overhaul of the processes and systems used to award federal student aid starting with the 2024–25 award year, including changes to the FAFSA. Learn more about the law.

Is There a Way to Estimate My Out of Pocket Costs?

We know that the delay in the FAFSA is stressful! Don’t worry – everyone is going through the same thing right now.

If you want to get a sense of what it will cost to attend Northwood University you have a few options:

  1. Check out our net price calculator – it will show you the cost after aid is factored in and takes just a few minutes.
  2. Book a virtual or in person meeting with Financial Aid here.

Call Our Office for Assistance

Call our office with questions Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm EST at (989) 837-4230.

What is Northwood University Doing for FAFSA Assistance?

Northwood University understands the challenges students and parents face when completing and financing their college journey. We are here to provide as much assistance and information as possible.

The Financial Aid office will provide in person on campus FAFSA sessions to guide students and parents through the new FAFSA. There will be also verification webinars and financial aid loan webinars later on in the year to help you with the process.

Book a virtual or in person meeting with Financial Aid here. Call our office with questions Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm EST at (989) 837-4230.

Terms to Know

Calculated by FAFSA data and will determine student aid eligibility. This replaces the EFC that was used in previous years.

  • EFC and SAI are both numbers that colleges use to figure out how much financial aid you can get. EFC stands for Expected Family Contribution, and SAI stands for Student Aid Index.
  • EFC was based on your family’s income and assets. SAI is based on your family’s income, assets, and other factors, such as your zip code and your parents’ education level.
  • While the words and the numbers are different, this number helps colleges determine your eligibility for different types of financial aid including grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study programs.

COA includes tuition and fees, food and housing, books and supplies (including course materials and equipment), miscellaneous expenses, and transportation.

A parent, stepparent, student, or spouse of the student who is providing information to the FAFSA.

Required from all contributors in order for the IRS to share tax data directly to the FAFSA. If any contributor does not provide consent, the student will automatically be ineligible for aid.

Previously known as IRS Data Retrieval; this tool imports tax data directly from the IRS to your FAFSA.

A summary of your completed FAFSA information. This replaces the Student Aid Report (SAR) that was used in previous years.

Additional Resources

Sign up for Financial Aid communications regarding FAFSA opening, verification webinars, FAFSA nights, and loan webinars.

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