CHCS Student Handbook 2018-2019

56 Nova Southeastern University Student Handbook Office of Student Financial Assistance The Office of Student Financial Assistance is dedicated to helping students make informed financial choices while in college. There are four types of financial aid available to assist in meeting the cost of attending college: grants, scholarships, student employment, and loans. Grants and scholarships are considered “gift” aid and generally do not have to be repaid. However, if a student drops or withdraws from any classes for which financial aid has been received, the student may have to return any “unearned” funds. Loans are considered “self-help” aid and always have to be repaid. Student employment requires the student to work in exchange for a paycheck. Please remember that students interested in federal financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and meet general eligibility criteria. More detailed information on the financial aid process, sources of aid, and other resources are available on the office website. Office of the University Bursar The Office of the University Bursar is responsible for billing students, collecting and depositing payments, sending invoices and receipts, distributing student educational tax forms, issuing refunds from excess financial aid funds, and verifying students’ eligibility for financial aid funds. The office also assists borrowers of Federal Perkins and Health and Human Services Loans with repayment options. Office of the University Registrar The Office of the University Registrar offers a variety of services to the university community. These services include, but are not limited to, course registration, transcript processing, name and address change, loan deferment, enrollment and degree verification, grade processing, commencement, degree conferral, transfer of credit services, and general university information. One-Stop Shop The One-Stop Shop is the central point of contact for information and service for walk-in prospective, new, and continuing students. Staff members are cross-trained to answer inquiries about financial aid, registrar, and bursar functions. Students can also obtain their SharkCard and parking decal at the One-Stop Shop, which is located in the Horvitz Administration Building as well as on the first floor of the Terry Administration Building on the Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus. SharkCard Services The SharkCard is the official Nova Southeastern University identification card. All students and faculty and staff members affiliated with the university are required to carry the SharkCard at all times while on campus and to present their identification cards when requested by authorized university personnel. The SharkCard features a digitized photo, biometrics, SmartChip, and magnetic stripe. The SharkCard is Nova Southeastern University’s single-card program that combines a multitude of features and uses, including the following: • building access • campus and student event access • copier usage • discounts at participating vendors