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Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid Office works diligently to assist students as they pursue their educational endeavors. Norfolk State University offers a wide variety of financial aid programs, including: scholarships, grants, student employment opportunities and loans. The majority of NSU students receive financial assistance. With expert and proficient Counselors, the Office of Financial Aid plays a pivotal role in students successful financial planning.


The purpose of Norfolk State University's financial aid program is to provide assistance to qualified students who, without such aid, would be unable to attend the university. Aid is awarded on the basis of need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Students are expected to demonstrate, whenever possible, sacrifice of earned resources and family contribution.

Financial Aid Awareness Month

February 2018 - Financial Aid Awareness Month
Attend financial aid sessions and workshops to learn crucial information about access to federal, state and institutional student aid.

Tuition and Fees

The Student Accounts Department is the general billing and collections office for student tuition, course fees, room and board and other educational related fees.


If scholarships and grants are not sufficient to cover educational expenses, a loan may fill a student's remaining financial need. Student loans, unlike grants and scholarships, must be repaid, with interest. Students should be prudent in deciding the amount of money to borrow and carefully consider the amount they will have to repay over the years. There are various types of loans that students may consider. 


Before you drop a course, find out how it will affect your Satisfactory Academic Progress. Students must meet minimum satisfactory academic progress standards in order to initially receive and to maintain eligibility for Title IV funds. The satisfactory academic progress standards apply to all students in degree-seeking programs of study who wish to be considered for financial assistance. 

Study Abroad

If you will be enrolled in a Norfolk State University-sponsored study abroad program, you may apply for financial aid (and be considered for all programs except Work-Study) through the Financial Aid Office. Depending upon the cost of the study abroad program in which you enroll, we may or may not be able to meet your full demonstrated financial need to attend the program. For more information about aid for your particular study abroad program, please contact the Financial Aid Office.


Federal Student Aid is responsible for managing the student financial assistance programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. These programs provide grants, loans, and work-study funds to students attending college or career school.

Financial Changes 2017-2018

Beginning as early as October 1, 2016 students will be able to complete the 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), instead of waiting for January 2, 2017 to do so. Because of this change, the tax return information need to complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA will be for the 2015 tax year ending December 31, 2015.

Financial Aid Eligibility Requirements

Financial Aid award types include both federal, state, and school aid programs. The awards listed below are those offered at NSU to eligible students. Students should be mindful that the university can only award students up to the allotted amount of grant, scholarship/fellowship, and work-study funds. learn more

Undergraduate and Graduate Financial Aid Programs

Application deadlines for the Undergraduate and Graduate programs listed below will vary and the eligibility requirements listed are not all inclusive. Contact your institution's financial aid office or the agency listed under "Application Contact" for additional information. All need-based financial aid programs listed below require, at a minimum, the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Individual colleges and universities may require the completion of an additional institutional form.