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Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

Financial Aid Resources

There are many online resources to help you determine the types of financial aid you qualify for, how much you should borrow, and how to become eligible.  Below are a few resources related to the financial aid process.  You can always call or stop at the Office of Student Financial Aid should you have questions about your financial aid at the University of Northern Iowa.


National Student Loan Data System

The National Student Loan Data System is the U.S. Department of Education’s central database for student aid. This database allows students to see any federal loans borrowed or federal grants received. After accessing the website, select Financial Aid Review and prompt the student to enter their identifying information (if the student needs a duplicate pin, visit


FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

Filing the FAFSA is required of all students who wish to receive federal grants, loans, or work study.  The application guides students through a series of questions about the student’s dependency status, student finances, parent finances, and school selection. Once the information is complete and the FAFSA is filed, the student’s financial need is determined, allowing the Office of Student Financial Aid to award their aid.


Federal Student Aid

The Federal Student Aid website is a student’s source of information from the U.S. Department of Education about how to manage their student loans.  Students can sign into their account to view their Direct Loan documents, complete entrance counseling, sign a master promissory note, or complete the PLUS loan request process.  This website also provides resources for repaying student loans, repayment plans and calculators, deferring loans, and loan forgiveness.


FinAid- The Smart Guide to Financial Aid

FinAid offers a variety of planning tools about scholarships, loans, grants, savings, and military aid.  Students can use this site to learn more about financial aid, calculate their repayment, or decide if consolidation is the right option for them.