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Parent Corner

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 fafsa.gov each year. For detailed instructions, visit Apply for Aid – Getting Started.

Reshaping Your Relationship

Sending your daughter or son 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, he or she 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.

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 requirements, academic profile, grades, and more. SharkLink is not available to parents; however, parents may view selected screen shots by clicking on the student tab of the SharkLink Portal page.

Students are encouraged to access SharkLink to complete the following tasks:

  • Check their NSU emails
  • Access their financial aid information
  • Request official transcripts and view unofficial transcripts
  • View their student accounts
  • Make payments
  • Access their grades
  • Register for and drop courses
  • View their course schedules
  • Access their online degree evaluations
  • Obtain enrollment verification
  • Change their primary and mailing addresses and phone numbers
  • Apply for student employment jobs
  • Sign the Student Enrollment Agreement (SEA)

take charge of your finances

Your student is beginning a brand-new chapter in life. The increased responsibility of managing school work and taking care of him- or herself 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 his or her financial affairs. Here are some tips:

  • NSU email and NSU’s interactive online portal, SharkLink, are the OSFA’s official means of communication with your student. Encourage your student to check his or her NSU email daily and regularly review financial aid and student account information in SharkLink.
  • Your student may have to submit additional information to complete his or her financial aid file, even if he or she has already received a financial aid award. Financial aid awards are subject to change based on many factors, so it is very important for your student to pay attention to all communications from the financial aid office.

NSU Debt Squad

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.

Student financial assistance is regulated by federal and state laws and institutional guidelines. The process through which students apply for and receive financial aid can be complicated. Your student can avoid some common pitfalls by reviewing the important information on Disbursement of Financial Aid Funds. 

Payment Policy

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.

NSU eBill – Your Student May Add You as an Authorized User

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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. 

Payment Options

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.  

Holds

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.

Payment Plans

The NSU Payment Plan is a payment option designed to provide budgetary assistance each semester in meeting a student's educational expenses. International students are not eligible to participate in the NSU Payment Plan. For detailed information, visit the Bursar's page. 

 

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects the privacy of your student’s education record and prohibits university representatives from discussing your student’s personal information with anyone other than the student. Your student can submit an Authorization for Release of Information Form (ROI) so that you may have access to various types of information.
healthMost undergraduate students are required to carry adequate health insurance coverage. Once your student registers for classes, he or she is automatically enrolled and charged for the NSU Student Health Insurance Plan. If your student already has health insurance, he or she may opt out of the NSU Student Health Insurance Plan by your student's program deadline. The Student Health Insurance Department within the Office of the University Bursar will send continuous emails to your student's NSU email account to notify him or her of the charge and to provide waiver information. Once the waiver deadline has passed, it is no longer possible to waive the charge until the next semester. For detailed information, visit the Student Health Insurance Department.

We are Here For You!

University Call Center

The University Call Center (800-806-3680) is available seven days a week to answer any financial aid, registration, or student account questions you or your student may have. 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 written consent.

Hours of Operations (E.T.)
Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

One-Stop Shop

If you and your student prefer to speak with a financial aid representative in person, the One-Stop Shop is your destination! There are two locations on the Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus: Horvitz Administration Building and Terry Administration Building. Staff members are cross-trained to answer inquiries about financial aid, registrar, and bursar functions. Students also receive their SharkCard and parking decal at the One-Stop Shop.

Hours of Operation (E.T.)
Monday-Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon (Horvitz Administration Building only)

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