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Watch videos on how to apply for financial aid and a step-by-step instruction on filing your free FAFSA!

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Student Financial Assistance
Nova Southeastern University
Horvitz Admin. Bldg, 1st Flr.
3301 College Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33314

(954) 262-3380
Fax:  (954) 262-3966

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About NSU Financial Aid

Welcome to NSU's Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA)! Here you will find everything you need to know about student financial aid, including how to apply, financial aid deadlines, and types of aid available to graduate and undergraduate students, including Florida student financial aid. Our office administers federal, state, and university financial aid programs such as grants, loans, scholarships, and veterans benefits. Please take a moment to explore our site!

FAFSA Changes for 2017–18

On Sept. 14, 2015, President Obama announced significant changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) process that will impact millions of students. Starting with the 2017­–18 application cycle, the following changes will be put in place: 

The following table provides a summary of key dates as we transition to using the early FAFSA submission timeframe and earlier tax information. 

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News and Announcements

All on-campus residents must have satisfied their student account balance prior to their official check-in date.  Account balances may be satisfied with anticipated financial aid awards and/or payment plans made with Enrollment and Student Services (ESS).  Students may view their student account status including account balance, charges, payments, and financial aid awards in SharkLink. Financial aid recipients must ensure that all financial aid requirements have been fulfilled so that the financial aid awarded will be disbursed to the student’s account as scheduled. Financial aid requirements may include the completion of additional paperwork or of an online Master Promissory Note and entrance counseling for first-time loan borrowers.

Students with outstanding balances must contact an ESS representative prior to their check-in date for payment, payment plan set-up, or the completion of outstanding financial aid requirements at (954) 262-5200 or (954) 262-3380.

Please be advised that students will not be able to check-in to the Residential Life and Housing halls until all requirements to satisfy their outstanding balance have been fulfilled.

It's FAFSA time!As of January 1, 2016, the 2016-2017 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available at

The FAFSA determines your eligibility for grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study programs, and is the essential first step in receiving financial aid from federal, state, and private sources.

File your FAFSA as soon as possible for the following reasons

  • The sooner you apply for financial aid, the better chance you have of receiving the maximum amount of funds.
  • You do not need your 2015 income tax return to apply. You may estimate your income and tax figures using your 2014 tax return and update your information once you submit your 2015 income tax return to the IRS. Once you have filed your 2015 tax return, it is highly recommended that you correct your FAFSA by using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool allows you to import your tax data to your FAFSA directly from the IRS. Click for more information, on when your tax return information will be available using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.
  • Completing your FAFSA early will allow you to plan more efficiently.
  • Many scholarships require you to complete the FAFSA.

Take Advantage of the IRS Retrieval Process – Expected to be available in early February 2016

The IRS Data Retrieval Process allows eligible federal tax return filers to retrieve information from their submitted income tax return while completing the FAFSA. The retrieval process is available for filers of both the English and Spanish versions of the FAFSA on the Web. Nova Southeastern University encourages students to take advantage of this feature.

The Department of Education considers data transferred through the IRS Data Retrieval System as equivalent to an IRS form. This is good news for students selected for verification. If IRS data transferred to a student's FAFSA remains unaltered, the student may not be required to submit tax documentation for verification purposes. Students who are selected for verification and did not use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool may be required to submit a line-by-line transcript of their federal income tax return to be obtained from the IRS.

Questions about completing the FAFSA? Visit FASFA Help or call us at (954) 262-3380 or 800-806-3680.

Federal Student Aid’s Guide on Completing the 2016-2017 FAFSA.

2016-2017 Financial Aid Award Notice Delivery Change

Please be advised that the Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) will send 2016-2017 financial aid award notifications exclusively by NSU email. Students who are new to NSU will receive their first 2016-2017 financial aid award notification by email and postal service. Students are advised to closely monitor their NSU email for their 2016-2017 financial aid award notifications and other important information.

If you have not yet completed your 2016-2017 FAFSA, you are encouraged to do so as soon as possible for the following reasons:

  • Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first served basis.
  • You do not need your 2015 income tax return to apply now. You may estimate your taxes using your 2014 tax return and update your information once you submit your 2015 income tax return to the IRS. Be sure to take advantage of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool once the IRS has processed your return.
  • Completing your FAFSA now will allow you to plan more efficiently.
  • Many scholarships require you to complete the FAFSA.

Important information on filing the FAFSA, including information on U.S. Citizenship and Financial Aid Eligibility and Selective Service Registration is available on the financial aid website.

Don't miss out by filing late! Go to to get started.

The Spring/Summer 2016 Dollar$ and $ense Newsletter is now available. Look for each issue which includes financial aid information and other important Enrollment and Student Services updates.

PLUS Loans are federal loans that creditworthy graduate students and parents of dependent undergraduate students may use to supplement their financial aid package. The Online PLUS Request Process for the 2016-2017 academic year for both GRAD PLUS and Parent PLUS Loans became available on March 14, 2016. To apply for a PLUS Loan, visit More information on the Parent PLUS Loan and the GRAD PLUS Loan is also available on the financial aid website.

New Year, New FAFSA: File the 2016-2017 FAFSA Now

2016-2017 Financial Aid Award Notice Delivery Change

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