Admissions & Aid
33% of NNU students graduate with NO DEBT!
The purpose of financial aid is to bridge the gap between what you and your family can afford and the total cost of your education. We encourage each student to apply for financial aid and pursue every possible resource, including scholarships, grants, loans and employment.
How To Make NNU Affordable
College is a major investment, but that doesn’t mean you have to break the bank to attend. Just like any other four-year liberal arts university, NNU’s cost before aid can seem intimidating at first—until you understand that your actual cost is usually far less.
Cost Before Aid: $50,920 per year
This is the total cost of first-time undergraduates, including $39,370 in tuition & fees and $11,550 for meals & housing.
For most NNU families, that’s not the price they actually pay! Scholarships, grants and federal student loans bring down the cost.
Cost After Aid: $15,420 per year
This could be your “out-of-pocket” cost for everything: tuition, fees, meals and housing!
How It Works
NNU Students Graduating with No Debt
Less Student Loan Debt than the National Average*
Average Financial Aid Award for Incoming Students
Students Receiving Scholarships and/or Grants
Averages: NNU = $27,799, U.S. = $37,338.
Other Types of Aid
If you need additional funding to supplement your financial aid package, alternative student loans are an option. Alternative loans are private loans offered by lending institutions. They are not part of the federal government’s Direct Loan program.
Graduate Financial Aid
Financial aid for graduate students begins with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). After you have applied, been accepted and completed your FAFSA, the NNU Office of Financial Aid will review your FAFSA to determine aid eligibility.
Steps to Apply
Apply and Be Accepted to NNU
The first step to getting financial aid from Northwest Nazarene University is to apply for admission to the University. After you have applied and been accepted, the NNU Office of Financial Aid will review your application, GPA, test scores and FAFSA to determine aid eligibility. If you have already applied and been accepted to NNU, please proceed to the next step.
Note: Your Application for Admission also serves as your application for Financial Aid at NNU, there is not a separate institutional form for this.
Fill Out the FAFSA
The FAFSA helps NNU determine a student’s need and eligibility for federal grants and loans by evaluating your family’s financial ability to pay for college. You may submit the application online by signing it with the Federal Student Aid ID assigned to you and/or your parent. (Apply for an FSA ID)
NNU’s school code is 001624. Note that you do not have to wait for acceptance from NNU to apply using our school code.
Accept and Finalize Your Award
After you receive your first Financial Aid Award Notification, log in to your NNU Admissions Status Page where you’ll find all the information you need regarding your award. Click on “Financial Aid” and then “Financial Aid Awards.” You’ll be able to accept or decline any award amounts listed on your financial aid award letter. Any new aid added will show in a “Hold” status until you accept the award.
Financial Aid Deadlines
December – FAFSA becomes available for the next academic year
Fall semester payment due.
Spring semester payment due.
Complete the FAFSA by this priority application date.
When is my bill due?
Financial arrangement of the balance due on your student account must be completed by the Friday preceding the first day of the semester.
What is considered a “financial arrangement”?
By the due date, the student account must be covered by any combination of the following:
- Payment in full
- Monthly payment plan
- Military benefits
- Financial aid
What is a HOLD?
A HOLD is put on an account if there is a balance due without a financial arrangement that will pay the total balance due. The HOLD prevents the release of official transcripts or diplomas, prevents changes to the current semester schedule and blocks re-enrollment for future semesters.
How do I pay my account balance online?
Please review your student account by logging into your NNU portal. Under the Student tab select “Pay Bill” then “My Account Balance.”
What if someone else is paying my bill?
It is the STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY to ensure that information regarding payment amounts and deadlines are communicated to the person who will be paying the account, including parents. Only the student will receive reminders and notices on an NNU email or assigned campus mailbox. Using our payment provider, Flywire, students may grant access to the payment portal for any Authorized User they choose.