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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!

News and Announcements

2018-2019 FAFSA Becomes Available October 1, 2017

Starting October 1, 2017, you will be able to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for aid in the 2018-2019 academic year at The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT), which allows you to import your (your parent’s) IRS tax information into your FAFSA, will also be available with enhanced privacy protection. Not everyone is eligible to use the IRS DRT, and the IRS DRT does not input all the financial information required on the FAFSA form. Therefore, you should have your 2016 tax return and 2016 IRS W-2 available for reference. Use NSU's Federal Code 001509 to ensure NSU receives your FAFSA information.

For additional filing tips, visit Homeroom, the official blog of the U.S. Department of Education. 

Fall/Winter 2017-18 Dollar$ and $ense Newsletter 

The Fall/Winter 2017-18 Dollar$ and $ense newsletter is now available. Look for each issue which includes financial aid information and other important Enrollment and Student Services updates.

Other 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.

While the IRS Data Retrieval Tool is currently unavailable for use in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced on June 2, 2017, that the tool is available for borrowers applying for an income-driven repayment plan. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool will return October 1, 2017, on the online 2018-2019 FAFSA, according to the ED. In the meantime, students are encouraged to complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA by manually entering 2015 tax information (not 2016).

Statement about the IRS Data Retrieval Tool - U.S. Department of Education

On April 24, 2017, U.S. Secretary of Education Besty DeVos announced relief for students selected for the financial aid verification process. Students selected for verification for the remainders of the 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years will no longer be required to submit IRS tax transcripts for verification of income information provided on their FAFSAs.

New options available to institutions include:

  • IRS Tax Return Filers – In lieu of using the IRS DRT, or obtaining an IRS tax transcript, institutions may consider a signed paper copy of the 2015 IRS tax return that was used by the tax filer for submission to the IRS as acceptable documentation to verify information provided on the FAFSA
  • Verification of Nonfiling – Institutions are no longer required to collect documentation obtained from the IRS or other tax authorities verifying that the applicant, the applicant’s spouse or the applicant’s parents did not file a 2015 tax return (often referred to as Verification of Nonfiling).

If you have been selected for verification at NSU, please visit our verification webpage for more information.

Good news for Florida undergraduate students eligible for the Florida Resident Access Grant (FRAG)! The 2017 Florida Legislative Session has recently approved an increase in the annual award amount by $300 from $3,000 ($1,500 for fall and $1,500 for winter) to $3,300 ($1,650 for fall and $1,650 for winter). 

The Office of Student Financial Assistance is in the process of updating the 2017-2018 financial aid awards for students who have previously been awarded a FRAG. These students will be receiving a Revised 2017-2018 Financial Aid Award Notice to their NSU email.

More information about the FRAG is available on our website.

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