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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.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Office of Student Financial Aid is twofold: To administer programs with the highest degree of fiscal and program integrity; To provide the most efficient and timely service to our multiple constituents: Parents and students; Federal and state agencies, Institutional agencies; Private agencies and donors. Towards this objective, the Office of Student Financial Aid strives to provide adequate staff and training; to participate in its state, regional and national associations, training opportunities, and to stay abreast of issues relating to student financial aid.

Privacy Act & Statement of Confidentiality

The Office of Student Financial Aid strives to comply with the 1974 Family Privacy Act and the 2003 Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA) in its handling and disclosure of sensitive student data. This office receives numerous requests for release of student information. The Director of Financial Aid provides guidance, direction, and policy interpretation regarding the release (verbal or written) of all student data.

Financial Aid Eligibility

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.




Satisfactory Academic Progress

SAP Standards: Norfolk State University is required by federal regulations to adhere to minimum standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) that relate to a student’s eligibility for federally funded financial aid programs, state and institutional grants, scholarships, employment, and loan programs.

SAP Eligibility: 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.

SAP Measurements Quantitative: Students must complete at least 67% of all courses attempted (for example, 11 credit hours out of 15 credit hours attempted must be passed); and courses that are not considered as "completed", but still count in this measurement are failed (F) courses, incomplete courses (I), dropped courses, and withdrawn courses (W). Students must not exceed 150% of attempted credit hours required to complete the program of study.

SAP Measurements Qualitative: Students must attain at least the minimum cumulative grade point average required for the number of credits earned for the academic classification level and must make satisfactory progress towards degree completion by advancing to the next academic classification level. Failure to maintain or meet the minimum cumulative grade point average will result in the cancellation or denial of financial assistance.

It is the student's responsibility to notify the Financial Aid Office of an advanced cumulative grade point average that meets the minimum satisfactory academic progress requirement within the allotted time frame for awarding aid for the upcoming term. SAP is reviewed on an annual basis. A student may regain eligibility by attending summer school; however, payment would be the student's responsibility.

The minimum grade point average for each classification is indicated below:

  • Freshman - Less than 30 credit hours - GPA: 1.7 or higher
  • Sophomore - 30-59 credit hours - GPA: 1.8 or higher
  • Junior - 60-89 credit hours - GPA: 2.0 or higher
  • Senior - 90 or more credit hours - GPA: 2.0 or higher
  • Graduate - GPA: 3.0 or higher

Termination of Aid

Aid will be terminated for any student who does not maintain the minimum quantitative or qualitative measurements. Students not meeting the qualitative and quantitative measurements are encouraged to utilize the Spartan Student Success Center, which offers tutorial and other services to assist in improving a student’s academic standing. The Spartan Student Success Center is located in the James A. Bowser Building, Room 121.

First-Time Enrollment

A student enrolling for the first time is considered to be making satisfactory academic progress regardless of prior post secondary credit hours.

Regaining Eligibility

In order to regain financial aid eligibility, students must enroll in classes at their own expense to advance cumulative grade point average to the minimum satisfactory academic standard. After successfully obtaining the minimum satisfactory academic standards according to the classification level, students may be reinstated or considered for financial assistance for the upcoming terms. Aid offered after reinstatement will be awarded for upcoming academic term according to availability of funds at the time of the award offer.

It is the student’s responsibility to notify the Financial Aid Office of advanced cumulative grade point average that meets the minimum satisfactory academic progress requirement within the allotted time frame for awarding aid for the upcoming term.

For additional information or to review the University's Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy. 

Spartan Success Center

The Spartan Success Center offers services designed to improve student achievement, increase retention, and reduce time to degree completion. Students are encouraged to take advantage of tutoring (including SMARTHINKING online free tutoring service), advising, mentoring, Sophomore Year Experience, and Examination of Writing Competency assistance. For more information on how the Spartan Success Center can help you, click here and you will directed to the Spartan Success Center's Webpage. The Spartan Success Center is located on the first floor of the Nursing and General Education Building, Suite, 100.