When it comes to financing your student’s NSU education, you are not alone. The Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) offers need-based, not-need-based, and merit-based financial assistance through state, federal, and institutional aid including grants, scholarships, student employment, and loans to new and continuing students. The first step in applying for financial aid at NSU is for you and your student to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at studentaid.gov each year. For detailed instructions, visit Apply for Aid – Getting Started.
Sending your child off to college may be the hardest transition that you and your student will ever make. Although you may not yet consider your student a full-fledged adult, your student will be responsible for making big decisions. Some decisions will have a long-term impact on your student’s life, such as accepting a student education loan, which has to be repaid with interest.
Now is a good time to reshape your parent-child relationship into a parent-young adult partnership and assist your teen in making responsible financial decisions. Below please find some tips which we hope will be helpful to you in supporting your student and staying involved.
Your student is beginning a brand-new chapter in life. The increased responsibility of managing school work and daily necessities without your assistance can cause your student to unintentionally put financial aid matters on the back burner.
Encourage your student to take an active role in managing financial affairs. Here are some tips:
The Office of Student Financial Assistance Debt Squad provides students and families with information and counseling services on budgeting, strategies on stretching dollars, and maintaining good credit. For more information, including access to student loan repayment calculators, visit the NSU Debt Squad.
How much financial aid your student can receive at NSU depends on several factors, including your so called Expected Family Contribution (EFC). For information on how eligibility for need-based aid is calculated using your EFC, visit Determining Your Financial Aid Eligibility.
Beginning with the 2024-25 aid year, the U.S. Department of Education is replacing the EFC with a new index called the Student Aid Index.
SharkLink is your student’s One-Stop Shop for all online resources. Your student can log in to access online classes, view NSU news, total account balance, financial aid status, outstanding financial aid requirements, academic profile, grades, and more. SharkLink is not available to parents; however, parents may learn more on the SharkLink Portal page.
Students are encouraged to access SharkLink to complete the following tasks:
By registering for courses at Nova Southeastern University, the student accepts financial responsibility for payment. The student is responsible for the full balance on the account plus any additional costs which may be incurred by the university in the collection of these debts. Payment is due in full at the time of registration. Email notifications are sent in the middle of each month, stating that NSU eBills are available for review online.
Your student can sign you on as an authorized user for your student’s NSU eBill account. This will allow you to receive the monthly eBill notification to your email. Depending on the level of access your student grants, you can also have access to view account details, make payments, and set up payment plans. To learn more about NSU eBill, visit the NSU eBill Frequently Asked Questions.
Students are also strongly encouraged to add any NSU eBill authorized users to their Release of Information Consent in SharkLink. This will authorize student account representatives to speak freely with authorized individuals, such as parents and guardians, about the student's finances. For more details, see below.
The fastest, securest, and most convenient option is to pay online via NSU eBill using a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express) or echeck. For more details and options, visit Pay My Bill.
If an outstanding balance remains on your student's NSU account 30 days after the beginning of the semester/term, your student will be charged a $100 late fee, and a hold will be placed on the account. Until the balance is paid in full, this hold will prevent your student from obtaining grades and transcripts, registering for classes, and taking advantage of other university services, including, but not limited to, access to the Don Taft University Center RecPlex. You may view more information on holds.
The NSU Payment Plan is a payment option designed to provide budgetary assistance each semester in meeting a student's educational expenses. For detailed information, visit the Bursar's page.
Prepare for a smooth move-in experience by making sure that your student’s account balance is taken care of before move-in day.
The Office of the University Bursar furnishes Form 1098-T to any student who paid “qualified educational expenses” in the preceding tax year in January of each year. This form provides information about educational expenses that may qualify for education-related tax credits. If you can claim your student as a dependent on your Federal Income Tax Return, you may be eligible for a tax deduction. If you can’t, then your student may be eligible for the credit. Either way, the 1098-T form will be provided to your student, not you. Students are encouraged to opt in to receiving Form 1098-T electronically.
IMPORTANT: Your student must have a valid mailing address on file with the university for the 1098-T to be furnished.
Information on IRS Form 1095-B (Health Insurance Tax Form) is also available on the bursar website.
If you and your student prefer to speak with a financial aid representative in person, the One-Stop Shop in the Horvitz Administration Building on the Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus is your destination! Staff members are cross-trained to answer inquiries about financial aid, registrar, and bursar functions. Students also receive their SharkCard and parking permit at the One-Stop Shop.
Hours of Operation (E.T.)
Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
To view a listing of services available at the One-Stop Shop, visit the One-Stop Shop Service Directory.
The University Contact Center (800-806-3680) is available to answer any financial aid, registration, or student account questions you or your student may have by phone. Please keep in mind, that in accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), we are not permitted to release any confidential information to you in person or over the phone without your student’s consent.
Hours of Operations (E.T.)
Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed