Selected for Verification?

Verification is a federally mandated review process in which the Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) verifies the accuracy of information you provided on your FAFSA. For more information, including tips for a successful verification process, click here.

Your Rights and Responsibilities

Learn about your rights and responsibilities as a financial aid recipient at NSU.

Apply for Aid - Getting Started

Going to college can be both exciting and financially challenging. The Office of Student Financial Assistance is dedicated to helping you navigate the steps in the student financial aid process. 

To apply for financial aid from federal and state sources, including student employment, follow the steps below. Please remember: Many scholarships require you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as well!

Step 1: Apply for a Department of Education PIN

Students and parents of dependent students should request a Federal Personal Identification Number (PIN). Your PIN may be used as your electronic signature and identifier to apply for financial aid and to allow you access to personal information in various U.S. Department of Education systems.

Step 2: Complete the FAFSA

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online annually (between January 1 and June 30 of the following calendar year). The earlier you apply, the better chance you have of being considered for maximum available funds. Important: The priority deadline for NSU is April 15! The NSU Federal School Code is 001509.

IRS Data Retrieval System

FAFSA on the Web allows you (and your parent) to access your (your parent’s)  IRS tax information and have it automatically imported to the FAFSA.

The Office of Student Financial Assistance advises you (and your parent(s), if you are a dependent student) to file your tax returns in January of each year so that the IRS Data Retrieval Tool may be available to you as soon as possible.

If you have already completed your FAFSA without using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, you can update your FAFSA and import your federal tax information directly from the IRS. Click here to watch the IRS Data Retrieval Tutorial on how to update your FAFSA.

Step 3: Plan for Housing and Meal Plan (if applicable)

Your financial aid budget includes a housing component, and you need to ensure that you allocate these resources for housing and meal plan expenses, if applicable. For information regarding on-campus and off-campus housing visit Residential Life & Housing.

Step 4: Complete NSU State Aid Application (Florida Residents)

You only need to complete the NSU State Aid Application if you qualify as a Florida resident and are an undergraduate student seeking your first bachelor’s degree or if you are a Florida Academic or Florida Medallion Scholar who has earned his or her bachelor degree in the 2010-2011 academic year or later and has received the scholarship for seven or fewer semesters, or for fewer than 106 credits.

Exception: Students who have received FRAG, FSAG and/or Florida Bright Futures Scholarship funding in the prior year (i.e., received aid in the 2012-2013 academic year at NSU and are applying for 2013-2014), and did not have a break in enrollment for more than 12 months do not have to complete the NSU State Aid Application.

Step 5: Review your Student Aid Report (SAR)

If you provided a valid email address at the time you completed the FAFSA and your application has been processed successfully, you will receive an email notification with instructions on how to retrieve your Student Aid Report (SAR). You must have your PIN to retrieve your SAR.

The SAR summarizes the information you included on your FAFSA. It contains your official Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which is used in determining your federal student aid eligibility. It also shows if the information you have provided on your FAFSA is in conflict with any information held at the federal government (e.g., mismatch of social security number and name; discrepancies in citizenship information). If there is an asterisk next to the EFC on your SAR, your application has been selected for verification.

A copy of the SAR will be sent to all schools you indicated on the FAFSA. If necessary, make changes or corrections to your FAFSA. Your corrected SAR will be sent to the institutions you indicate.

Step 6: Submit Additional Documentation (if required)

Some students may be required to submit additional documents to complete the financial aid process prior to being awarded. You should check your financial aid status via SharkLink regularly to view any outstanding requirements.

Access your financial aid file by following the steps below:

  • Log in to SharkLink. If you do not know your user name or password, visit the "My NSU Identity" page.

  • Click on the Student tab and locate the financial aid section.

  • Select My Financial Aid and click on Eligibility.

Click on Student Requirements and select the appropriate award year to view both satisfied and unsatisfied requirements. Many outstanding requirements can be satisfied online.

Step 7: Register for Classes

You must be fully admitted and registered for a minimum number of credits (enrollment requirements vary depending on academic and financial aid program) in order for your financial aid funds to disburse.

For more details on how to apply for university scholarships and scholarships from other sources,  visit our Scholarship Web page.