Our mission is to find the best possible aid package for every student, which enables each of our students to achieve their educational goal. We are committed to providing the best possible service to students and families who need help meeting the costs of higher education. We administer federal, state, institutional and third party aid which is awarded through grants, student loans, scholarships, and jobs on campus.

To establish and maintain eligibility for federal student aid and some other student aid programs you must:

  • Be a regularly admitted student enrolled in a degree program
  • Have a high school diploma, GED, or passed an ability to benefit test
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (Federal Student Aid)
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Not owe a refund or repayment on an educational grant
  • Not be in default on an educational loan
  • Agree to use federal student aid funds solely for educational purposes
  • Not have borrowed in excess of annual or aggregate limits on a Title IV student loan
  • Apply each and every year by the May 1st priority deadline!

How To Apply For Financial Aid

Step 1: Apply

  • Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) each year
  • Complete the Title IV Authorization Form (only need to do this once during career at NSU)
  • Priority deadline for NSU is May 1
  • Review helpful hints below for applying

Important: You must complete a FAFSA for each academic year you would like to receive aid. To increase your chances of being considered for programs with limited funds, complete and submit the FAFSA as soon after January 1 as possible and before May 1. Do not sign and mail your FAFSA before January 1 or it will be rejected.

Helpful hints for completing the FAFSA:

  • Read all instructions
  • Use your legal name (as is appears on your Social Security Card)- not nicknames – and your correct social security number
  • If your parents are divorced, you must use the information for the parent you lived with most in the last 12 months. If that parent is remarried, you must also include the stepparent’s income. Be sure to provide the information requested about your parents.
  • Make sure you include #002021 on your list of school codes. Also, if you are required to provide parental information, a parent is also required to sign the FAFSA.
  • If you complete the FAFSA electronically, don’t forget to sign using your PIN (Personal Identification Number)
  • Allow 2-3 weeks for your FAFSA to be processed. If after 4 weeks you have not received a Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Federal Processor, call them at 1-800-433-3243 (1-800-4FEDAID)
  • Make a copy of your completed FAFSA for your records

Step 2: Complete

Now that you have completed the FAFSA, the next step is to insure that your financial aid application file is complete. In some cases you may have to provide additional information on the FAFSA or submit documentation to our office. Respond to any requests from the Department of Education quickly!

  • The FAFSA that you submitted is processed by the Central Processing System (CPS) and generates a printed Student Aid Report (SAR)
  • Review your SAR for accuracy
  • Pay particular attention to the information summary in part one and the income figures in part two
  • If corrections are required, revisit fafsa.gov and select “make corrections to a processed FAFSA”

If you do not receive an email directing you to a website where you may view your SAR within four weeks, contact the CPS at 1-800-433-3243 to check on the status of your application. Respond to any requests from Northwestern State University quickly! Based on your FAFSA, you may have been selected for verification and we may need additional information to validate your financial aid application. If additional information is requested, you will receive an email from our office indicating the item(s) needed to complete your file.

Step 3: Review

Once your financial aid application file is complete, your aid will be awarded. Your NSU Connect account will contain information regarding each individual award.

  • Review your awards carefully
  • If your award includes loans, you will need to complete and submit the Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling


Verification is a review process in which the Office of Financial Aid determines the accuracy of the information provided on the student’s financial aid application. During the verification process the student and parent will be required to submit documentation for the amounts listed (or not listed) on the financial aid application. Such documentation may include copies of parent and student tax return transcripts, copies of Social Security benefit statements, among other items.

Financial aid applications are randomly selected by the Federal processor for verification. If there is an asterisk next to the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) figure on your Student Aid Report (SAR), your SAR has been selected for verification. Schools may also select additional students for verification. If any discrepancies are uncovered during verification, the Office of Financial Aid may require additional information to clear up the discrepancies. Northwestern is required by the Department of Education to verify this information before aid can be awarded.

Contact Us

Office of Financial Aid
175 Sam Sibley Drive
Student Services Center, Suite 212
Natchitoches, LA 71497
Phone: 318.357.5961
Toll-Free: 800.823.3008
FAX: 318.357.5488
Federal Financial Aid Code: 002021

Our Staff

Tamika Farley
Administrative Coordinator
212 Student Services Center

Jeffrey Gary
Awarding Officer
212 Student Services Center

Lauren Jackson
212 Student Services Center

Carolyn Jones
Coordinator of Scholarships and Student Employment
252 Student Services Center

Marsha Latchie-Lacour
Verification Officer
212 Student Services Center

Peggy Lindsey
Administrative Coordinator
261 Student Services Center

Dustie Litton
Student Employment Coordinator
234 Student Services Center

Sylvia McGaskey
Administrative Assistant
212 Student Services Center

Patricia McKnight
Coordinator of Verification, State Scholarships and Client Services
212 Student Services Center

Nicole Mitchell
Awarding Officer
212 Student Services Center

Christina Shields
Administrative Assistant
212 Student Services Center

Binky Speir
Accounting Technician
261 Student Services Center

Lindsey Vascocu
Awarding Officer
212 Student Services Center

Kinshanna Wafer
Verification Officer
212 Student Services Center

Kristi Waters
Associate Director
212 Student Services Center


The process for applying for scholarships varies based on whether you are an entering freshman, a currently enrolled student, or a transfer student. Only complete applications will be considered.

Scholarships are financial awards given to students who intend to enroll in the University or are currently enrolled in the University. NSU offers the following Institutional Scholarships for Entering Freshman, Currently Enrolled Students and Transfer Students:

Academic: Awards based primarily on academic performance and the achievement as measured by grades and/or specified test scores.

Foundation/Leadership: Awards based primarily on leadership potential or demonstrated leadership. Apply online for Foundation/Leadership Scholarships.

Performance: Awards based primarily on service participation of the recipient and individual evaluation performed by the department. These awards are awarded through the Department of Creative and Performing Arts, Department of Military Science and Department of Language and Communications. Determinations of awards are done by respective departments.

Athletic: Awards based primarily on individual evaluation performed by the Athletic Department in compliance with current NCAA regulations.

Entering Freshman Students
In order to receive priority consideration please adhere to the following dates:

  • December 1 – initial priority deadline
  • March 1 – second priority deadline

Entering freshman must submit the following during their senior year in high school:

  • Complete the Application for Admission
  • Paid admissions fee
  • Official high school transcript*
  • Official test score on either the ACT (school code 1600) or SAT (school code 6492)

*Louisiana Students graduating 2003 and after: NSU will request an electronic copy of your transcript from the State of Louisiana’s Student Transcript System. There is no need for you to request a hard copy from your school district unless instructed by the NSU Office of Admissions.

Currently Enrolled Students
Currently enrolled undergraduate students will be selected based on their academic achievement while at NSU. Student selected should receive an award letter in July.

Transfer Students
Transfer students must submit the following by July 1 prior to their intended fall enrollment in order to receive priority consideration for academic scholarships:

  • Complete the Application for Admission
  • Paid admissions fee
  • Official college transcripts from all colleges attended

Academic Progress for Scholarships
Students must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress as stated on your award letter each semester in order to receive awards the following semester. Recipients of academic and leadership scholarships must maintain the required GPA and be enrolled as a full-time student at NSU for the semester. Students who have scholarships cancelled due to failure to meet specified criteria for continuing to receive the award may appeal to the scholarship appeal committee for an exception, by completing a scholarship appeal form.

Scholarship appeal deadline dates:

  • February 15 following a fall semester cancellation
  • August 15 following a spring semester cancellation