2017-2018 Catalog

Financial Aid

Students must apply for financial aid each academic year (July 1 – June 30). All current and prospective students are encouraged to complete and submit the 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available at fafsa.gov beginning October 1, 2016, and the NSC Scholarship Application, available at nsc.edu/finaid between December 15, 2016 and April 15, 2017. Students who complete the FAFSA by the priority date of January 15, 2017 have a better opportunity of receiving a more advantageous award package.  Students who apply after the priority date may not be considered for some NSC grants, which are awarded on a first come, first served basis.  The Federal Pell Grant is considered an entitlement, and those eligible will be awarded even if applying after the priority date.

Finally, it is important to promptly submit all documentation requested by the financial aid office (check your MyNSC Student Center "To Do List"). Your financial aid application cannot be processed until all requested documents are received. All required documents must be received by NSC Financial Aid prior to the last day of the period of enrollment for which you are seeking financial aid. If all documents have not been received by NSC Financial Aid by at least six weeks prior to the tuition due date for a semester, you should plan to either pay your tuition or set up a payment plan and make all required payments, then receive your financial aid as a reimbursement.

For an overview of the types of aid available and eligibility requirements, please see nsc.edu/finaid.

Courses Eligible for Financial Aid

Only those courses that apply towards a student's declared major or minor will be considered eligible for financial aid funding. Additionally, after passing a course with a grade of D- or better, a student can only be funded for one subsequent repeat of the same course. Finally, students can only receive funding for a maximum of 30 credits of remedial or prerequisite coursework. Please view the complete repeat policy at nsc.edu/finaid.

Students who are enrolled in modular courses that do not span the entire length of the semester will have their enrollment reviewed after their latest add/drop date during the semester. Any changes to enrollment (including add, drop or withdrawal) made prior to the latest add/drop date may require a recalculation and subsequent increase or decrease to funds previously awarded. This may result in a balance owing to NSC or the U.S. Department of Education.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements

Students are required to make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) towards the completion of their degree program in order to receive federal, state or institutional financial aid. NSC measures SAP using both qualitative standards (minimum 2.0 cumulative NSC GPA) and qualitative standards (70 % minimum pace of completion). Students must also complete their programs within a “maximum timeframe,” which is defined as 150% of the normal time required to complete the program. For example, students in a bachelor’s program requiring 120 credits will be suspended from financial aid eligibility after attempting 180 credits, including any transfer courses that apply to the degree program. Students in “pre” majors are limited to 90 attempted credits, while “undecided” majors are limited to 60 attempted credits. Please see the complete current SAP policy at nsc.edu/finaid.

Return of Title IV Federal Financial Aid Funds

Federal student and recipients who completely withdraw or fail to complete any courses during any semester at NSC are subject to the federal Return of Title IV Funds policy (R2T4). Also, failure to begin attendance or participation in a course may require a return of any funds awarded for that course. Federal law requires NSC to calculate the amount of grant or loan funds a student has earned up to the point of withdrawal. In some instances, students may owe funds back to NSC or the federal programs from which they received financial assistance. Please view the complete Return of Title IV Fund policy at nsc.edu/finaid.

Veteran's Benefits

Veteran's Benefits (All Chapters) processing is handled through the Financial Aid Office by the VA Specialist. Please see the VA Benefits website (http://www.nsc.edu/financial-aid/va-benefits/index.aspx) for information on paperwork required for certification and contact information.

Financial Aid FAQs and Policies

A complete list of financial aid frequently asked questions and current policies can be found at nsc.edu/finaid. Please contact our office at 702-992-2150 or finaid@nsc.edu with any questions.