The University Contact Center is available seven days a week to answer financial aid, bursar, and registrar questions:
Telephone: (954) 262-3380 or 800-806-3680 Fax: (954) 262-3966
Hours of operation (E.T.):
Monday-Friday: 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
You may also visit the One-Stop Shop in the Horvitz and Terry Administration Buildings on the Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus during the office hours below or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday-Thursday: 8:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Friday: 8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m.-noon (Horvitz Administration Building only)
On holidays observed by NSU, Enrollment and Student Services will be closed.
If you are not attending classes on or near the Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus, you may visit any of NSU's regional campuses.
Please read the following information carefully and thoroughly before accepting your financial aid award. Accepting the financial aid award offered to you signifies that you have read and agree to comply with all the terms and conditions listed below.
All awards depend on the availability, verification, and receipt of funds by NSU. If adjustments are made to the university’s federal or state allocations, the university reserves the right to make adjustments accordingly.
In order for you to receive any federal Title IV or state financial aid (such as Federal Pell Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Direct Loans, and Effective Access to Student Education Grant), you must be enrolled for the minimum number of credits that are required for degree/certificate completion (degree-applicable) as published in the catalog from the semester when you first enrolled in your program. You may view your degree requirements, including requirements for your officially declared majors, minors, and/or concentrations, by running an online degree audit through CAPP (Curriculum, Advising, and Program Planning). For more information, visit nova.edu/capp.
Financial aid awards issued prior to the add/drop or registration periods for the semester are based on full-time enrollment in degree-applicable courses. This means that if you are not enrolled full-time in degree-applicable coursework at the end of the registration or drop/add period for your program, you may not be eligible for the financial aid awarded to you, or you may only be eligible for a portion of the award. Please refer to the specific enrollment requirements listed for each source of financial aid.
One of the components in preparing your financial aid package is determining your Cost of Attendance (COA). The COA includes tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, transportation, and other personal expenses. Please note that the estimated expenses listed in your Financial Aid Award Notice only include institutional charges. On-campus room and board is a combination of expected housing and meal costs. For undergraduate students, room and board is calculated utilizing a double room on-campus housing rate coupled with the university meal plan. Graduate student housing is calculated based on the cost for a single room.
Please follow the step-by-step instructions below to access your award and to accept, reduce, or decline all or a portion of the financial aid offered to you:
Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant To be eligible for TEACH Grant funds, you must be enrolled in a TEACH Grant-eligible program in coursework that is necessary to begin a career in teaching or you must plan to complete such coursework. You must also sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve in which you agree to (among other requirements) teach
If you do not complete the service obligation, then all TEACH Grant funds you received will be converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan which will include accrued interest.
Grants and scholarships are considered "gift-aid" and generally do not need to be repaid. Provided you remain eligible, these funds will automatically be credited to your student account. You do not need to actively accept these funds in SharkLink. Students (or parents of dependent students) also must provide adequate documentation that they have been legal Florida residents for 12 consecutive months prior to the first day of classes of the semester/term for which assistance is given. For detailed information on Florida aid programs and residency requirements, visit the Florida Department of Education's website.
If you are an undergraduate student and have been awarded an Effective Access to Student Education (EASE) Grant or a Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG), you must enroll for at least 12 degree-applicable credits each semester/term (9 credits for nursing students) by the end of the drop/add period for the first part of term for each semester/term. Students who enroll less than full-time in degree-applicable coursework are not eligible to receive aid from these programs, and their awards will be canceled.
To receive a Florida Bright Futures award, you must enroll for at least 6 degree-applicable credits each semester/term by the end of the drop/add period for the first part of term for each semester. At that time, award amounts will be adjusted based on actual enrollment. Students who drop or withdraw from any classes for which Florida Bright Futures funds were received, must return these funds. Until these funds are returned, students are ineligible to receive any additional Florida state financial aid funds. According to state legislation, students have until the end of the academic year to return unearned funds. However, students should be aware that they will not be able to register for future classes with an outstanding balance.
If you have been awarded a Federal Direct Loan, either a Subsidized, Unsubsidized, or a PLUS loan, you must meet the following additional requirements for your loan funds to be credited to your student account:
Be enrolled at least half time in degree-applicable coursework. Half-time enrollment is defined as 6 credits per semester/term for all undergraduate students. For graduate and first-professional students, half-time status varies by program.
If you are applying for a Direct PLUS for the first time as a graduate or first-professional student or a parent borrower, you or your parent(s) will be required to complete and sign a PLUS MPN that is separate from the one used for Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans.
*Graduate students are no longer eligible for subsidized loans. They may, however, have subsidized balances from borrowing prior to July 1, 2012.
Your financial aid award will be credited to your student account at the beginning of each semester/term, provided you have submitted all required information and meet all financial aid general eligibility criteria. Loans are scheduled to disburse seven days prior to the beginning of the semester/term. Institutional scholarships, federal grants, and state grants/scholarships are scheduled to disburse after the end of the registration or drop/add period for your program.
NSU Student Health Insurance: Many NSU students are required to maintain health insurance. The cost for the NSU Student Medical Insurance Plan may have been added to your Financial Aid Award Notice if you are required to maintain coverage. If you are insured under another insurance plan, you must complete an online waiver to avoid being enrolled in, and charged for, NSU’s plan. Please visit the NSU Student Health Insurance webpage for more information on student health insurance, including access to the online waiver form and the deadline for submitting it.
Check your student account regularly in SharkLink to monitor activity and to determine whether you may anticipate an outstanding balance or a financial aid refund after all financial aid funds have been disbursed.
Financial aid is intended to assist you in financing your education by supplementing your own resources. Many students and families use a combination of personal savings, scholarships, Florida Prepaid funds, part-time employment, PLUS Loans, and NSU payment plans to fund their education. Two of these options include the following:
The Office of Student Financial Assistance is eager to assist you in finding a solution that is right for you.
If your financial aid file is selected for verification, you must submit all required verification documents requested by Enrollment and Student Services (ESS). Any discrepancy in the information you provide may cause your award amount(s) to change. You must submit all required documents no later than four weeks prior to the end of the enrollment period for the semester/term in which you are requesting aid. Failure to complete verification by this deadline may result in your ineligibility for aid or cancellation of aid previously offered. Visit our verification page for more information on the verification process.
The Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) may use Professional Judgment (PJ) to take into account a student's special circumstances to make adjustments to his or her (or his or her parent's) Expected Family Contribution (EFC) for educational expenses, standard budget, and/or financial aid dependency status to increase a student's eligibility for certain types of aid. For more information on PJ, including instructions on how to submit a request, students should review the Professional Judgment Information Statement.
Before repeating a course, be sure you understand all potential academic and financial aid implications. Repeated courses affect Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) calculations as they are counted as attempted credits. In addition, students may receive federal financial aid for a repeated course only once, if the course was previously passed (credit has been earned). For more information, view the Repeat Course Policy for Financial Aid.
The information in these Terms and Conditions is subject to change. These Terms and Conditions have been reviewed prior to the beginning of the 2018-2019 academic year, however, due to changes in federal, state, and institutional regulations and policies, changes may occur. Minor updates to the Terms and Conditions will be promptly posted to this site. Should major changes occur, students will also be notified via NSU email.