Graduate Students

Information for the 2016-2017 School Year

Students enrolled in Niagara University’s graduate programs should apply for financial aid for the 2016-2017 academic year (which begins with summer 2016 session) by submitting the 2016-2017 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Niagara University Financial Aid Application.

Because of federal verification requirements, we suggest students complete the FAFSA after they have submitted their federal tax returns for 2015. The verification requirements require income to be verified either by using the IRS Data Retrieval Process at the time you are completing the FAFSA electronically, OR you will need to request from the IRS and submit a Federal IRS Tax Transcript to the Financial Aid Office. Using the IRS Data Retrieval Process at the time of filing your FAFSA will be the easiest and most efficient way to apply for federal aid for 2016-17.

Also, please note that effective July 1, 2012, due to federal legislation, graduate and professional students are no longer eligible to receive subsidized Federal Direct Loans. The annual loan limit remains unchanged at $20,500, but this amount will now be limited to Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans.

The following forms are required in order to determine your financial aid eligibility for 2016-17. All forms are due April 15, 2016.

  1. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You should apply online at, preferably after you have completed your 2015 federal tax return and use the IRS Data Retrieval process when completing the FFSA. If you have a FSA ID, you can electronically sign your FAFSA. If you need a FSA ID, apply online at
  2. Niagara University Application for Financial Aid. If you are a current student at Niagara, apply online at WebAdvisor. If you are a new student, complete and mail the Graduate Application  to Financial Aid Office, Niagara University, N.Y. 14109.
  3. NU Scholarship Opportunity Search - New! Apply for both NU Endowed Scholarships and outside private scholarships in one place! Apply on-line through MyNU under "Systems". 

Under federal regulations, Financial Aid Offices can no longer accept signed copies of tax returns. Federal regulations require either submitting the IRS tax transcript or using the IRS Data Retrieval through FAFSA on the Web at

Click here for more information on financial aid for graduate students. If you need any additional information or require assistance in completing the FAFSA, please feel free to contact us.