Students who are interested in attending Northern Arizona State University often wonder how to best fund their college education. What students may not realize is that there are a number of funding mechanisms that were created to help make their NAU college education more affordable. One of the best ways to find scholarships for NAU is to first complete the FAFSA application. This form will quickly tell students whether they have qualified for any federal or state funding. In addition to completing the FAFSA, students may want to apply for one of the NAU specific scholarships below:

Freshman Merit-Based Tuition Scholarships: Any student who applies to NAU will be considered for these scholarships without having to apply separately. These scholarships provide students with four years of funding, provided that the student meets the minimum renewal criteria. In order to be considered, applications must enroll in the university by May 1st. Only students who are enrolled on a full-time basis can receive these awards. The exact minimum grade point average varies by scholarship. Students can find a complete list of merit scholarships that are open to incoming freshmen at this website.

NAU Foundation Scholarships: These awards are open to students from a variety of different backgrounds. For example, the Graduate College funds several of these awards. The Louis H. and Betty W. Quayle Scholarship is open only to graduate students from Native American backgrounds. Another scholarship, called the Olson Family Foundation Scholarship, provides financial support to Hispanic or Native American graduate students who hold at least a 4.0 grade point average. Additional information about these awards and other NAU Foundation scholarships can be found here. In order to apply for these awards, students are required to submit an application form prior to the January 25th deadline. Applicants will contact students who are selected to receive the scholarship sometime in March.

Faculty & Staff Tuition Assistance: Want to attend NAU but can’t afford the cost of tuition? Then, consider working at NAU! Employees and staff who work at NAU can receive free tuition for themselves or their dependent children. There are three different application deadlines: July 1st for fall semester, Dec. 1st for winter and spring semesters, and April 15th for summer semester. Additional information about this program can be found at this link.

Transfer Tuition Scholarships: NAU has a number of scholarships that are available to students who are switching to NAU from another institution. Only students who are pursuing their first undergraduate degree are eligible for these scholarships. In addition, the applicant must plan to enroll on a full-time basis and earn a minimum number of credits per year to progress to the following class level (generally, 30 credits per year are required). The minimum grade point average required varies by the scholarship awarded. Only courses that are taken the first time count towards the student’s grade point average. Thus, students who have to repeat a course will not have the second grade calculated in their GPA. Additional information can be found here.