About Financial Aid Eligibility
Generally, to qualify for federal, state, and institutional financial assistance, students must meet the following requirements:
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen. See the Financial Aid Glossary for the definition of an eligible noncitizen. Details
U.S. Citizenship Status and Financial Aid Eligibility
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.
Signed originals (not copies) of the following documents will be accepted as proof:
- Certificate of Naturalization
- Certificate of U.S. Citizenship
- U.S. Passport Card
- U.S. Passport
- U.S. Birth Certificate
Social Security Administration
- 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 may choose one of the following two options to prove U.S. citizenship:
- 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 Student Educational Center
- Send original documents via secure mail
Any of the originals listed above, as well as the receipt showing that you have updated your citizenship status (see above) may be sent by registered return receipt mail (offered by the United States Postal Service and private delivery services). NSU will use Federal Express to return originals to students to the address from which the original document was sent. If you prefer your original documents to be returned to another address, that information must be provided along with your documents. Please note that NSU cannot send originals overseas or to P.O. boxes.
Originals should be sent to the following address:
Nova Southeastern University
Office of Student Financial Assistance – Resolution Counselor
3301 College Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314-7796
For questions regarding this process, please call the Office of Student Financial Assistance at 800-806-3680
- Have a valid Social Security number
- Have a high school or a recognized equivalent such as a GED, or a certificate of completion of a home-study program approved by the student's home state
- Make satisfactory academic progress toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program
- Establish financial need. (For some sources of aid, this is not a requirement. Please check "grants and scholarships" for more details.)
- Be registered with the Selective Service if male. Click here for details
Federal Financial Aid and Selective Service
What is the Selective Service System?
By law, most men between the ages of 18 and 25 are required to register with the Selective Service.
Selective Service registration is not the same as enlisting in the U.S. Military. If there were a crisis requiring a draft, men would be called in a sequence determined by random lottery number and year of birth to serve in the Armed Forces.
If you are applying for federal student aid for the first time, or your Student Aid Report (SAR) indicated that you must register with the Selective Service, follow the steps below so that the NSU Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) may process your application.
Who Must Register?
Male U.S. citizens or aliens living in the U.S., born in or after 1960, are required to be registered between the ages of 18 and 25.
How to Register:
- Choose the "Register Me" option on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov, and the Department of Education will provide Selective Service with the information to register you.
- Online at https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx/. (Note: Students must have a Social Security number to use this registration method.)
- Selective Service forms are available at any U.S. Post Office. You may fill out, sign, and mail the form to Selective Service. If you have not yet obtained a Social Security number, you may leave the respective space blank.
- Men who live overseas can register at any U.S. Embassy or consular office.
Who is Not Required to Register?
The following are not required to register:
- Men who are temporarily in the U.S. on a student or visitor’s visa
- Men born on or before December 31, 1959.
- Male permanent resident aliens who entered the U.S. at age 26 or over.
If you are a permanent resident alien who entered the U.S. on or after your 26th birthday, you must supply the OSFA with proof of your date of arrival in the U.S. and of your immigration status upon arrival. If you have questions about which documents to provide, contact the OSFA.
Students with a DD214:
Serving in the military is NOT the same as registering with the SSS.
Students who have served in the military yet are not registered with Selective Service may present their discharge form (DD214) to request a SSS registration waiver for financial aid purposes.
After providing a copy of the DD214 to the OSFA, military veterans who have not yet reached their 26th birthday are by law still required to register with Selective Service.
Age 26 and Over and Not Registered?
Men who were supposed to register between the ages of 18 and 25 and have reached the age of 26 without registering with the SSS, should complete a Status Information Letter Request Form (SIL). The form is available at www.sss.gov and should be submitted to both the OSFA and the SSS along with supporting documentation.
Based on the student’s situation, NSU may grant a waiver of the Selective Service registration requirement for financial aid purposes.
For more information, visit the Selective Service Web site at www.sss.gov or contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance at 800-806-3680 or (954) 262-3380. You may also visit the One-Stop Shop located on the first floor of the Horvitz and the Terry Administration Buildings on the main campus in Davie or your local Student Educational Center.
- Sign statements on the FAFSA stating that he or she
- is not in default on a federal student loan and does not owe money on a federal student grant
- is qualified to obtain a college or career school education by having a high school diploma or a recognized equivalent
- will use federal student aid only for educational purposes
- Not be in default on a federal student loan or owe a repayment on a federal or state student grant
- Not be convicted of an illegal drug offense while receiving federal student financial assistance
- Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student (i.e., all admissions requirements/documents have been satisfied) working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program