Financial Aid - First Time Student

Financial Aid - First Time Student

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Learn more about the step you need to take to receive financial aid from NNU.
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Transfer Student Financial Aid

Step 1: 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.

Step 2: Complete 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. The FAFSA is available after October 1 and will be used to determine your financial aid for the following academic year. For the largest amount of Federal Aid, NNU encourages you to complete your FAFSA by February 1 each year. Students and parents can complete the FAFSA by going to The FAFSA can be submitted online by signing with the FSA ID assigned to you and/or your parent. Apply for an FSA ID at


Families completing the FAFSA for the 2018-2019 academic year will use their income-numbers from two years ago (the prior-prior year). The FAFSA can then be updated when your tax return is filed. You can provide this update a couple of weeks after you have electronically filed your income tax return by returning to the FAFSA web site and using the FAFSA corrections process to update your FAFSA with the IRS Data Retrieval process. If you are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, we highly recommend that you do so. It’s the easiest way to provide your tax data and it’s the best way of ensuring that your FAFSA has accurate tax information. Help using the FAFSA IRS Data Retrieval process.


Our school code is 001624.

Step 3: Complete the Following Steps for Financial Aid

Watch the mail starting as early as November 2020 for your Financial Aid Award Notification.


After you receive your first Financial Aid Award Notification, the NNU Admissions Status Page will contain all the information you need regarding your award. Log on at Click on “Financial Aid” and then click on “Financial Aid Awards”. You will 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.


The section “Application Checklist,” will let you know about any documents that need to be completed by you so the Office of Financial Aid can finalize your award.


If you plan to borrow Federal student loans and have not borrowed previously, you need to complete entrance counseling and a Master Promissory Note (MPN) online at Sign-in with your student FSA ID. Students who borrowed a federal student loan in the last year do not need to complete this step.


Information on monthly payment plans and other financing options may be found here. Please refer to the Financial Aid Packet you received with your award notification for more details.

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Freshman Scholarships

Prior to being awarded scholarships from NNU, you must apply and be accepted for admission to the University. If you have not applied to NNU, we encourage you to apply online. Your application for admission is your application for scholarships at NNU.

Academic Scholarship

The 2021-2122 Academic Scholarship is given to incoming freshmen who display excellence in academic achievement. This scholarship must be applied to tuition costs.


Renewal is based upon maintaining an NNU cumulative GPA of at least 2.5, consult the Office of Financial Aid for more details.

2021-2122 Academic Scholarships are as follows:


$16,000 - President's Scholarship​

$14,000 - Dean's Scholarship

$12,000 - Wesley Scholarship

$10,000 - Riley Scholarship

Pastor and Missionary Kid Grants

A reduction of tuition is available for dependent children age 24 or younger of active, full-time pastors, chaplains, evangelists or missionaries whose primary income is from this vocation. The PK/MK Grant must be applied to tuition costs and is subject to receipt of additional documentation and approval by NNU.


Serving the Church of the Nazarene - 25% reduction of tuition


Serving Other Denominations - 10% reduction of tuition


Serving Mission Aviation Fellowship - 

  • MAF Missionary - 25% reduction of tuition
  • Local MAF Staff that raises their own support - 15% reduction of tuition
  • Local MAF Staff that do not raise their own support - 10% reduction of tuition

NNU's Trustees' Church Matching Scholarships

NNU offers matches to some awards for eligible students who fit specific criteria as detailed below. Sponsorship by many churches require regular attendance or participation in youth groups. We strongly recommend you check with your church regarding sponsorship requirements, necessary applications, and submission timelines.


Trustee Matching Scholarship: A full-time student whose local church awards funds for his or her use in paying University costs will be eligible to receive matching funds on the church's annual $350 contribution. This match is up to 7:1 ($2,450 annually) from Nazarene churches in the Northwest Educational Region, and up to 4:1 ($1,400 annually) for Nazarene churches outside the Northwest Educational Region.  


The following local non-Nazarene churches receive up to a 4:1 match:


  • Capital Christian Center
  • Boise Calvary Chapel
  • Cole Community Church
  • Crossroads Community Church
  • Eagle Christian Church
  • All Treasure Valley Friends Churches


All other churches receive a 1:1 match (a $350 annual contribution from a church on your behalf will be matched with a $350 additional scholarship from NNU).


NNU will match a church award of $175 for fall and spring semesters each school year, until work is completed on the first bachelor's degree for a traditional full-time undergraduate student. This scholarship must be applied to tuition costs.

Christian Education Partner High Schools

Students who attended a Christian Education Partner high school and earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible for this scholarship. Students are awarded an NNU annual scholarship of $4,000 ($2,000 if living off-campus) for up to four years dependent on the years the student attended the high school. One year of attendance at the high school equals one year of NNU Christian Education Partner High School Scholarship. To find out if your Christian High School participates in this program, use our Net Price Calculator or call the Office of Financial Aid at (208) 467-8638.

ROTC Housing Scholarship

Students actively participating in the ROTC program, who live on campus, are eligible for a housing scholarship. This scholarship covers room only. In addition, a meal plan would need to be purchased. This scholarship requires enrollment in grade-level appropriate Military Science courses and approval of the military advisor after the first year.

Department Specific Scholarships

The Engineering Excellence Scholarship is a $3,000 Engineering Excellence add-on to the NNU $16,000 President’s Scholarship for a total of $19,000. It is renewable for up to four years with a qualifying GPA. Please visit the Engineering Department webpage for application.


Ministerial scholarships are available through the School of Theology and Christian Ministries. These scholarships are available to students at NNU with a major and minor in the School of Theology and Christian Ministries and is a member of the Church of the Nazarene. The freshman ministerial scholarship is $2,000. Please visit the School of Theology and Christian Ministries webpage for more information.


Music scholarships are available for both major and non-major students, and are dependent upon an audition. Please visit the Department of Music's scholarship webpage for more information.

Need-Based Grants

Students who demonstrate financial need could be eligible for a need-based grant. These grants are based on a percentage of need as determined by the FAFSA, and amount of aid already provided to the student either from outside sources or from institutional aid such as those listed on this page.

Community Scholarships Awarded By NNU

NNU is proud to support our community and churches through other scholarships offered at events such as the Harvest Classic, various auctions to help with fundraising for schools and churches, scholarship recognition programs, and many others. Students must be accepted for admission and be full-time, traditional undergraduate, degree seeking, currently enrolled students at NNU in order to receive these awards. Any other conditions for use appear on the certificate.

NYI and Regional Main Event scholarships*

Awards given to students in recognition of excellence in various areas of talent as well as quizzing competitions within the district (NYI) and/or Region (Main Event) each year. NYI awards can be won at a local or national (Q or NYC) level. The student should present a copy of each award to the NNU Financial Aid Office so that the scholarship(s) can be included as part of the student's overall financial aid offer. Students must be accepted for admission and be full-time undergraduate, degree seeking, currently enrolled students at NNU in order to receive these awards. Any other conditions for use appear on the certificate.


*The NYI and NYC/Q scholarships contain specific directions for the student to follow in order to request that the NYI portion of the funds be sent to NNU (this usually requires a written request from the student to someone within the NYI organization). Once these funds are received, NNU will match these scholarships on a 1:1 basis (up to $500 per academic year). Regional Main Event scholarships are awarded at face value.


You can also check out other scholarship opportunities.