2016/17 Independent Checklist

All forms that are not submitted on the web or electronically signed through Adobe EchoSign, must be submitted to the NAU Financial Services Office through one of these methods:

Fax to: 605-721-5240
Scan/e-mail to: FAForms@national.edu
Physical mail to:

National American University
Financial Aid
5301 S Highway 16
Rapid City, SD 57701

1. All Students-Federal Student Aid (FSA) Username and Password (FSA ID)
If you do not have an FSA Username and Password, you will need to apply for one through the FAFSA website. You will immediately receive a conditional FSA Username and Password on the website. Be sure to keep and safeguard this information, you will need it for future years and other processes. You will use your FSA Username and Password to electronically sign your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and any Loan Master Promissory Notes.

2. All Students-Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
If you have already completed your FAFSA for this award year, please use your FSA ID and make a correction by adding our school code, 004057 Rapid City SD (for all NAU campuses), on the FAFSA website.

Every award year you will need to apply for Federal Financial Aid, please use the 2016/17 year. Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to download your 2015 Federal Tax Return information directly to your FAFSA!

a. IRS Data Retrieval is available early February

i. If your taxes were filed electronically you can use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool 2-3 weeks after you filed.
ii. If your taxes were filed by paper you can use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool 6-8 weeks after you filed.

You will receive notification to retrieve your Student Aid Report (SAR) by e-mail within 48 hours, if you provided your e-mail address on your FAFSA. The Student Aid Report is the results of the information submitted on your FAFSA. Review all of your answers and notify us if you have any corrections to be made.

3. Submit the following forms:

a. New Students and Students who have been away from NAU one or more quarters or withdrew during the most previous quarter-Submit form through NAU Website

NAU Supplemental Financial Information form

b. All Students-The NAU Non-Tax Filer for 2015 form must be completed if either the student or the student’s spouse did NOT file a 2015 Federal Tax Return, they must complete and either electronically sign and submit, or print and sign and submit by fax, scan, or physical mail.

 Non-Tax Filer for 2015

4. Undergraduate Minnesota Resident Students ONLY-If you are attending the following campuses: Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Burnsville, Rochester, Roseville; or if you are an OnLine student living in Minnesota.


a. Undergraduate (diploma, associates, bachelor's) students may apply for all of the below types of MN aid.

b. Graduate (master's and doctoral) students may apply all of the below types of MN aid except for the MN state grant.  Even though master's and doctoral students do not qualify, they must still complete the MN state grant application to prove that MN state residency requirements are met.

c. 1617 FA-MN Direct Deposit Authorization
Electronically sign and submit

b. 1617 FA-MN State Grant Application
Electronically sign and submit

c. 1617 FA-MN Child Care Grant Instructions

d. 1617 FA-MN Child Care Grant Application

Print, complete, sign and submit by fax, scan or physical mail

e. 1617 FA-MN GI Bill Scholarship
Complete the Application on the MN Office of Higher Education (MOHE) website

f. 1617 FA-MN Indian Scholarship- Download and complete the application from the MOHE website, then submit to the MN Office of Higher Education.

STOP HERE: Do Step 5 after you have received your Student Aid Report (48 hours after the FAFSA was completed).
5. Complete Federal Direct Loan Process
Students: Previous Direct Loan Borrowers regardless of which school attended DO NOT need to complete Step 5.
Website: https://studentloans.gov

a. Regardless of which campus you are affiliated with, be sure to choose the “School State” as South Dakota and the “School Name” as National American University (no city listed). This should bring up NAU with a Rapid City, SD address. If you do not choose the state and school correctly, you may have problems continuing with the Master Promissory Note (MPN) process.

i. Select “Sign In”. Enter your information and sign in with your FSA ID. Verify your personal information
ii. Choose “Complete Entrance Counseling”
iii. Once entrance counseling is complete, chose “Complete Master Promissory Note” and then click on “Subsidized/Unsubsidized”

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