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General Eligibility Criteria

Generally, to qualify for federal, state, and institutional financial assistance, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Demonstrate financial need. For some sources of aid, this is not a requirement. 
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
  • Have a valid Social Security number
  • Be registered with the Selective Service if male. Click here for details.
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student in an eligible degree or certificate program
  • Be enrolled at least half-time in degree-applicable coursework to be eligible for Direct Loan Program funds
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program
  • Sign the certification statement on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) stating that 

    • you are not in default on a federal student loan and do not owe money on a federal student grant and
    • you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes
  • Show you are qualified to obtain a college education by

    • having a high school diploma or recognized equivalent such as a General Educational Development (GED) certificate
    • completing a high school education in a homeschool setting approved under state law 

Only U.S. citizens and eligible noncitizens may receive federal student aid. If your Student Aid Report (SAR) indicates that you are required to provide documentation to prove that you are a U.S. citizen, you must present original documentation that verifies you are a U.S. citizen to the Social Security Administration and NSU.  If your Student Aid Report (SAR) indicates that you are required to provide documentation to prove that you are an eligible noncitizen, then you must present original documentation that verifies you are an eligible noncitizen to NSU.

Signed (by issuing authority or student, as appropriate) originals (not copies) of the following documents will be accepted as proof:

U.S. Citizens Eligible Non-citizens
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Certificate of U.S. Citizenship
  • U.S. Passport Card
  • U.S. Passport Letter
  • U.S. Birth Certificate
  • I-551
  • I-94 or I-94A
  • I-571
  • VTVPA –HHS certification or eligibility
  • VAWA – I-360 with I-79
  • JAY TREATY documents

Social Security Administration (For U.S. Citizens only)

To locate a Social Security Office near you, visit the official office locator or call the Social Security Administration at 800-772-1213.

  • Present your original documentation in person.
  • You must request a receipt showing that you have updated your citizenship status. Receipts do not explicitly have to state that you have updated your citizenship status.


Students must present original documents in person if they live within 50 miles of an NSU campus.

  1. Present original documents in person
    Any of the originals listed above may be presented along with the receipt showing that you have updated your citizenship status (see above) at the following locations:
    • One-Stop Shop, Horvitz Administration Building, Main Campus
    • One-Stop Shop, Terry Administration Building, Main Campus
    • Financial Aid Offices at the Shepard Broad Law Center and the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship (main campus)
    • Your local NSU Campus
  2. If you do not live within 50 miles of any NSU Campus

    Print the Affidavit form available under the Forms tab at our website,  Make copies of all of the appropriate documents, as indicated above. Fill in the academic year for which you are submitting these documents, your name (printed), and complete the list of documents with their expiration date and issuing authority.  Bring all of your documents, as well as the Affidavit form, to a notary in your area.  Once you have signed the form in the presence of the notary and the notary has signed and/or stamped the Affidavit, you can submit everything to NSU by one of three methods:

    • Fax directly to (954) 262-3966
    • Scan and email to

    • U.S mail to:

      Nova Southeastern University
      Office of Student Financial Assistance – EPS
      3301 College Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314-7796

      Do not submit original documents to NSU.

If you live less than 50 miles from any NSU campus and are unable to personally bring in your documents, please contact our resolution counselor at the phone number indicated below to see what other options are available to you.

For questions regarding this process, please call the Office of Student Financial Assistance at 800-806-3680.

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