Types of Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office provides information and assists students seeking financial aid. Although the major responsibility for financing a college education resides with the student, Nicolet College is able to assist students in meeting their educational expenses through grants, scholarships, loans, employment, or a combination of these. Financial aid programs center upon financial need and student enrollment, determined at Date of Record (DOR), which is 14 calendar days after the beginning of the term. 

Financial need- difference between the student's established Cost of Attendance (includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation and personal expenses) and resources the student and/or family should have available to meet those costs (expected family contribution as determined per your FAFSA).

Financial Aid Qualifications 

  • Apply and be accepted into a program that qualifies for financial aid. 

  • File the FAFSA for the appropriate school year. The FAFSA is available after October 1 for the following academic year. This covers fall, spring, and summer terms for that academic year. 

  • Enroll in classes that are required for your program. 

  • Enroll in at least six credits to qualify for federal direct loans and state grants. 

  • Be a US Citizen, a National or permanent resident of the United States. 

  • Be in compliance with Selective Service for state grants.

Financial Aid Advisor with student

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 

Students can apply for federal aid by completing and submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. By completing the FAFSA, you are applying for all types of aid which include: federal and state grants, student loans and Federal Work Study.  

Students need to apply each academic year. 

By December 31, students can apply for the next academic year. For the 2022-2023 FAFSA, 2020 income will be used. For the 2023-2024 FAFSA, 2021 income will be used. 

School Code: 008919  

Get Organized

To complete the 2022-2023 FAFSA you will need information from your 2020 federal tax return (form 1040 and any schedules)  along with unemployment, child support, etc. If you are a dependent student, (under the age of 24, single, no dependents, not a veteran) you will also need your parents’ 2020 federal tax returns and income information.

Create an FAS-ID

If you are a dependent student, one of your parents will also need to create a FSA-ID of their own. To create your FSA-ID go to studentaid.gov;
1. On the home page, click “Start Here” 
2. Indicate whether you are the student or parent 
3. On the Login screen, click on “Create One” 
After you set up your FSA-ID and have established your personal username and password, keep it in a secure place. Your username does not expire, but your FSA ID password will expire every 18 months. 

Complete the FAFSA

Once you have created your FSA ID, log in to the FAFSA using your FSA ID username and password. Click Start a New FAFSA and make sure you are completing the correct academic year. You will be prompted to enter a Save Key that will allow you to save and finish your FAFSA at a later time or make corrections. 

NOTE: Complete every question and enter zero instead of leaving a box blank. The ‘Help and Hints’ box displays may help you to complete a question. Nicolet’s School Code is 008919. 

Submit Your FAFSA

At the end of your FAFSA application you will agree to terms, sign, and submit the FAFSA. For dependent students, the parent with the FSA-ID will choose if they are parent 1 or parent 2 and enter their user name and password; agree to terms; sign; and submit the FAFSA. 

You should then see a page confirming that your application has been received as well as a confirmation e-mail.  

Renew Your Student Aid Report (SAR)

You’ll receive the SAR via e-mail once you complete the FAFSA. Review the SAR carefully and verify the information is correct. If you see incorrect information, make corrections on your FAFSA by returning to studentaid.gov Keep the SAR for your records. A corrected SAR will be issued when changes are made. The Nicolet Financial Aid office will receive your information electronically from the U.S. Department of Education. 

Please keep in mind that it generally takes at least two business days for the Financial Aid office to receive your FAFSA.