Scholarships 101

Finding the right scholarship for you

Benjamin Franklin once said “an investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

Investing in your education is an investment in your future. There’s no doubt it comes with a price tag, but securing financial aid can help you achieve your goals affordably!

Over $2.9 billion in scholarship money went unclaimed in 2015… but not this year! 👍

But how… 👀

Financial aid is more obtainable than you might think — as long as you are willing to put the effort into applying.

Scholarships 101:

Scholarships. The best of the best — you don’t have to pay scholarships back and they don’t come with accrued interest. It doesn’t get any better!

We’ve compiled a list of scholarships (along with their specific deadlines) to help you narrow down your search in finding the right scholarship for you 🙌

Step 1: Fill out the FAFSA

Prior to applying for scholarships, you should first apply for Federal Student Aid, a requirement for most scholarships. The FAFSA is used by the U.S. Department of Education to calculate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) for college. The EFC is determined based on income, assets, and other household information, and reflects how much the government believes you and your family should be able to contribute to your education.

Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) — Grant application opens October 1, 2016.

Step 2: Let the search and review begin

General Scholarship Applications

NAU Foundation Scholarships — Deadline: Wednesday, January 25, 2017.
Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid Scholarship Application — Deadline: Wednesday, March 1, 2017.
NAU Graduate College— Deadline: March 1, 2017.
NAU Honors Program — Deadline: Varies.
Arizona Community Foundation Scholarships — Deadline: Varies. First deadline January 31.
Tillman Military Scholarship— Application opens February, 2017.
National & International Scholarships and Fellowships (NISF)Deadline: Varies

College/School Specific

College of Arts and Letters

English— Deadline: February 24, 2017. 
History—Deadline: Contact department.
Comparative Cultural Studies— Deadline: March 25, 2017. 
Global Languages and Cultures—Deadline: Varies.
Theatre—Deadline: March 1, 2017. 
School of Art— Deadline: March 25, 2017. 
School of Music—Deadline: February 15, 2017.

College of Education

College of Education — Deadline: March, 3, 2017.

College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences

Biological Sciences — Deadline: February 10, 2017.
Chemistry and Biochemistry — Information coming soon.
Engineering — Deadline: February 15, 2017.
School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability — Deadline: April 15, 2017.
School of Forestry— Deadline: Varies.
Mathematics and Statistics— Deadline: February 27, 2017.
Physics and Astronomy— Deadline: Typically every February or March.

College of Health and Human Services

Athletic Training— Deadline: Varies. 
Communication Sciences and Disorders — Deadline: Varies.
Dental Hygiene — Deadline: Varies.
School of Nursing— Deadline: Varies.
Physical Therapy — Deadline: Varies.

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Anthropology — Deadline: February 27, 2017.
Applied Indigenous Studies— Deadline: February 27, 2017.
School of Communication— Deadline: February 27, 2017. 
Criminology and Criminal Justice — Deadline: February 27, 2017.
Ethnic Studies— Deadline: February 27, 2017.
Geography, Planning, and Recreation— Deadline: February 27, 2017.
Politics and International Affairs— Deadline: February 27, 2017.
Psychological Sciences — Deadline: February 27, 2017.
Women’s and Gender Studies— Deadline: February 27, 2017.

The W. A. Franke College of Business

School of Hotel and Restaurant Management — Deadline: January 31, 2017.
W.A. Franke College of Business — Deadline: January 31, 2017.

Step 3: Get to it 👉🏼

Plan a weekend to lock down in front of your computer and bang out a few applications. Your future self — and bank account — will thank you for it!

Need more tips? Check out our Snapchat @nausocial, Wednesday (Jan. 25th).

For more information, contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid or respective scholarship organization.
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