Jul 16, 2024  
2021-22 NSU Graduate Catalog 
2021-22 NSU Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Tuition, Fees, Financial Aid

​Several payment options are available at NSU including cash, check, money order, cashier’s check, and online options such as credit card and electronic check. The Bursar Services website contains more information on how to pay on an accountPlease note: Credit card payments are accepted online only and will be assessed a 2.85% convenience fee.

The tuition and fees listed below apply to the 2021-2022 academic year.  Tuition and fees are updated annually after July 15th.

All fees and charges are subject to change without notice. Totals below are per credit hour unless otherwise stated. For descriptions of charges, visit Bursar Services’ About Tuition and Fees.

All except bona fide residents of Oklahoma must pay a non-resident fee. The residence of a dependent student is that of his parents or guardian unless he can show reason why his residence should not be so defined. It is assumed that students know their correct resident status and that on their application and registration blanks they state truthfully the facts concerning it. Students in doubt should request clarification by writing to the Admissions Office in advance of registration.

General Enrollment Charges


The general enrollment charges include tuition and mandatory fees assessed per credit hour enrolled.

Graduate - Oklahoma Residents Tuition Fees1 Total
Graduate Division Courses (5000 Level) $254.50 $37.15 $291.65
Graduate Online only (contact Graduate College for information) $254.50 $37.15 $291.65
Graduate - Non-Oklahoma Residents Tuition Fees1 Total
Graduate Division Courses (5000 Level) $569.00 $37.15 $606.15
Graduate Online only (contact Graduate College for information) $255.50 $37.15 $292.65

*Audit fee without credit is the same as scheduled above.

Program Specific Tuition & Fees

Nursing, MSN

Graduate Nursing - Oklahoma Residents Tuition Fees1 Total
Graduate Nursing AP Program $256.50 $37.15 $293.65
Graduate Nursing - Non-Oklahoma Residents Tuition Fees1 Total
Graduate Nursing AP Program $257.50 $37.15 $294.65


Occupational Therapy, M.S.

Occupational Therapy, M.S. - Oklahoma Residents Tuition Fees1 Total
Graduate Occupational Therapy Program $309.75 $37.15 $346.90
Occupational Therapy, M.S. - Non-Oklahoma Residents Tuition Fees1 Total
Graduate Occupational Therapy Program $615.00 $37.15 $652.15


Optometry, O.D.

Optometry - Oklahoma Residents Tuition Fees1 Total
Fall / Spring (block tuition) $9662.50 $37.15 $**
Summer (block tuition) $6212.00 $37.15 $**
Optometry - Non-Oklahoma Residents Tuition Fees1 Total
Fall / Spring (block tuition) $19,287.50 $37.15 $**
Summer (block tuition) $12,400.00 $37.15 $**

**Mandatory fees are added to the block based on the number of credits enrolled times the amount to the right. (Enhancement Fee & Other Charges also apply.  See below)


Physician Assistant Studies, M.S.

Physician Assistant Studies, M.S. - Oklahoma Residents Tuition Fees1 Total
Graduate Physician Assistant Program $308.00 $37.15 $345.15
Physician Assistant Studies, M.S. - Non-Oklahoma Residents Tuition Fees1 Total
Graduate Physician Assistant Program $589.00 $37.15 $652.1


Individual Fees

Electronic Media   Fee
Electronic Media Fee, per credit hour   $40.00
College of Business and Technology   Fee
CBT Fee, per credit hour   15.30
College of Education   Fee
COE Fee, per credit hour   $9.50
College of Extended Learning   Fee
CEL Fee, per credit hour   $40.00
Prior Learning Portfolio Fee, per assessment   $100.00
College of Liberal Arts   Fee
CLA Fee, per credit hour   $10.05
College of Optometry   Fee
OCO Enhancement Fee, per credit hour   $7.50
College of Science and Health Professions   Fee
CSHP Fee, per credit hour   $26.50
GR Nursing Enhancement Fee, per credit hour   $30.00
GR Speech Language Pathology Enhancement Fee   $30.00
Physician Assistant Clinical Fee (per semester)   $343.00
International Student   Fee
International Student Application Fee, per application   $25.00
International Student Orientation Fee, upon first semester of enrollment   $50.00
International Student Fee, per semester   $150.00


Other Charges

Charge   Fee
Application Fee, per application (Graduate)   $25.00
Application Fee, per application (Optometry)   $75.00
Application Fee, per application (Physician Assistant)   $50.00
Automobile Registration (per car, per year)   $25.00
Electronic Transcript, per assessment   $5.00
Print and Mail Transcript, per assessment   $6.00
Graduate Education Enhancement Fee, per credit hour   $5.00
Late Charge for Past Due Balance   1.5%
Late Enrollment Charge   $10.00
Mandatory Fees, per credit hour1   $37.15
Prior Learning Credit Fee (i.e. CLEP, Advanced Placement, etc.), per credit hour   $15.00
Returned Check Charge   $25.00


1Fees include: Facility fee, student activity fee, infrastructure fee, cultural/scholastic lecturer fee, student ID fee, technology services fee, and remedial course fee if applicable. NSU courses taught at off-campus locations or online may have additional fees assessed.

Quad State Waiver: A portion of out-of-state tuition is waived for students from Arkansas, Missouri, Texas, and Kansas who are admitted as regular students (not on probation nor having any academic deficiencies) and are not applying for the Optometry program.


Fitness Center Charges

Members of the NSU community may purchase a membership to the Center. Individual or family memberships are available for students, NSU faculty, staff and emeriti faculty and staff. Family membership includes spouses and children less than 21 years of age still living at home and attending school.

Children of all members and guests must be accompanied by a parent unless the child is over 16 years old. Children must be at least 14 years old to use the handball/racquetball courts and weight room. Participants in intramural sports must have a Fitness Center Membership.   


Educational Tours

Fees as announced.

Northeastern State University sponsors educational tours which are conducted under university direction. The costs and schedules for each tour are announced in advance. Credit may be established on either the undergraduate or graduate level with academic fees being determined by the amount and type of credit established.


Assistance from Other Sources

Other state and federal financial assistance are available to qualified students including Vocational Rehabilitation, Veterans benefits, and assistance from the Department of Human Services. Students are encouraged to contact the appropriate government office in their community for more information about these programs.

Tuition and Fee Payment

All tuition and fees are due by the first day of the regular semester. Financial aid will be applied to accounts within the first 30 days of the regular semester.

Monthly late charges will apply towards unpaid balances beginning the first month after the start of the regular semester.  Students receiving Chapter 31 or Chapter 33 VA benefits are not penalized on the amount paid by the VA as a result of delayed VA payments.

Unpaid Student Accounts

Unpaid accounts receivable are considered to be in violation of university regulations as set forth by the Board of Regents and therefore become disciplinary matters. A hold will be placed on university records and future enrollment until such violations are corrected. Access to meal plans and charge accounts may be denied.

In addition, unpaid accounts may be assigned for collection. If an account is assigned, any collection costs, court costs, and/or attorney’s fees necessary to collect the amount owed will be added to the balance due. The balance due may be reported to national credit bureaus, which may adversely affect credit ratings.

Refunds & Returns


A student who drops individual classes or completely withdraws during the first two weeks of the regular fall/spring semester or during the first week of the regular summer semester is eligible for a refund of tuition and fees.

Refunds are calculated based on the day the online Semester Withdrawal is filed in the Registrar’s Office, not when the student stopped attending classes. A credit will be issued to the student’s Bursar account for the full amount if the class is dropped within the time listed below. (Note: Login to NSU GREENMAIL account to be identified as a member of the NSU organization before clicking the link to the online Semester Withdrawal.)

  • 16 week class - First day of class through the tenth business day
  • 8 week class - First day of class through the fifth business day
  • 4 week class - First day of class through the fourth business day
  • 2 week class - First day of class through the second business day
  • Weekend course - First day of class

If a credit balance occurs on the student’s Bursar account due to a refund of fees and/or other charges, the student may be issued a refund of that credit balance. Refunds from NSU are processed via direct deposit. Prior to the refund, the student can select a refund preference online through goNSU and the My Account link. Please note: Students who drop classes or withdraw from the university after financial aid has applied to their Bursar account may be obligated to return financial aid funds.

The Bursar Services website contains more information on Refunds.

Refund Policy for Financial Aid Recipients Who Withdraw

A student’s withdrawal for federal financial aid purposes is:

  • The date the student began the institution’s withdrawal process (as described in the Academic Calendar and online Course Schedule) or officially notified the institution of intent to withdraw, or;
  • The midpoint of the payment period for a student who leaves without notifying the institution; or
  • The student’s last date of attendance at a documented academically related activity.

Students receiving federal financial assistance who completely withdraw from all classes, drop out, are expelled, or fail to receive a passing grade in all courses during a period of enrollment will be subject to the Return of Title IV Funds refund policy required by federal regulations. The Return of Title IV Funds is calculated during each period or term of enrollment. 

The term Title IV Funds refers to the Federal financial aid programs authorized under the Higher Education Act of 1965 (as amended) and includes the following programs:

  • Federal PLUS Loan
  • Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans
  • Subsidized Federal Stafford Loans
  • Iraq/Afghanistan Service Grant
  • Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant (TEACH)
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
  • Federal Pell Grant

Students who are enrolled in courses that do not span the entire semester are considered to be enrolled in modules. Students who fail to complete all enrolled modules in which they receive federal aid may owe a return of funds. The student is not considered withdrawn if they meet any of the following exceptions:

  • The institution obtains written confirmation that the student will attend a later module in the same payment period of enrollment;
  • The student completed the requirements for graduation;
  • The student completed one or more modules that, together, comprise at least 49% of the days in the payment period; or
  • The student completes coursework equal to or greater than the coursework required for half-time enrollment.

This policy assumes students “earn” their financial aid based on the period of time in which they are enrolled throughout the semester. This policy refers to two types of withdrawals: official and unofficial. When a student officially withdraws from all courses, Student Financial Services processes a Return of Title IV form. The form specifies the student’s date of withdrawal, institutional charges, aid disbursed, and aid that could have been disbursed. 

An unofficial withdrawal occurs when a student does not receive a passing grade in any of their courses at the end of each semester.  The withdrawal date for these students will be midpoint, last day of attendance, or attendance in an academic event for the semester. The withdrawal date for students who fail to return from an approved leave of absence will be designated as the date the leave of absence began.

After determining students’ withdrawal dates, official or unofficial, the Office of Student Financial Services must determine if the amount of federal aid disbursed to the student is greater than the amount earned. Any unearned funds must be returned to the federal student aid programs. If, at the time of withdrawal, the amount disbursed to the student is less than the amount they earned, they may be eligible to receive a post-withdrawal disbursement of earned aid not yet disbursed. If students or parents are eligible for a post-withdrawal disbursement, they will be notified by mail and will have 14 days to respond and approve or deny the post-withdrawal disbursement. The return of unearned aid may be the responsibility of the University, the student, or both. The amount of earned aid is calculated using the following formula: 

Number of days enrolled ÷ *Total number of days in the semester = Percent of aid earned.  (*The total number of calendar days in a term of enrollment shall exclude any scheduled breaks of more than five days.)

Students who remain enrolled beyond 60 percent of the semester are considered to have earned 100 percent of Title IV aid received. Students who are enrolled for less than 60 percent of the semester will likely be responsible for repaying a portion of the financial aid received. The percentage of Title IV aid unearned (to be returned to the appropriate program) shall be 100 percent minus the percent earned.

When performing a Return of Title IV calculation, all student’s institutional charges, i.e., tuition, fees, room and board are included in the calculation as well as disbursed federal aid. Unearned aid to be returned is calculated as follows: Total institutional charges x Percent of unearned aid = Amount returned to program(s).  Any refund amount calculated from this formula that the University must return will be returned to the appropriate federal aid programs. Refunds for financial aid recipients are never given directly to the student. Calculated refunds amounts are returned to the federal financial aid programs in the following order: 

  1. Federal PLUS Loan
  2. Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans
  3. Subsidized Federal Stafford Loans
  4. Iraq/Afghanistan Service Grant
  5. Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant (TEACH)
  6. Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
  7. Federal Pell Grant

Students must be aware that when the institution is required to return unearned funds due to their withdrawal, the student may have a balance due to the school.  The balance is separate from any over payment the student must repay due to withdrawal.

The University must complete the Return of Title IV process within 45 days of the date of a student’s withdrawal and notify the student.

Tuition Assistance Program Withdrawals

State and federal tuition assistance (TA) programs are benefits available to qualified students depending on particular criteria. They include vocational rehabilitation, veterans’ benefits, and assistance from the Department of Human Services. When a student withdraws, the student may no longer be eligible for the full amount of TA funds originally awarded. Students are encouraged to contact the appropriate government office for more information about these programs. Each has guidelines for program eligibility, participation, and withdrawal.

Withdrawal before Census Date

Students who withdraw before the semester census date receive a 100% cancellation of all charges for that semester, and NSU will return 100% of any TA funds to the appropriate entity.

Withdrawal after Census Date (Tuition Assistance Return Calculation)

If a student withdraws after the semester’s census date, NSU will return funds in accordance with the specific terms of the program. The Bursar’s office will calculate the amount of tuition assistance earned prior to the date of withdrawal. Any unearned TA funds must be returned to the appropriate program - Department of Defense (DOD) Military Departments, Vocational Rehabilitation, or Department of Human Services. The proportional calculation for return of TA funds is based on the tuition assistance received for the term and the withdrawal date.  For example, for Department of Defense programs, the following calculations apply.

Earned Tuition Assistance: The amount of earned Tuition Assistance is calculated on a daily basis from the first day of classes through the date of withdrawal.

  • An earned aid percentage is calculated by: (Number of days attended before enrollment ended ÷ Total of days in term) × 100 = Earned Aid %
  • Number of days in the term is counted between the first day of instruction and the last day of finals, excluding spring break. In addition to the 16-week semester, NSU uses short-term courses including 8-week courses, 4-week courses, and other combinations.

Unearned Tuition Assistance: Any TA funds received in excess of the earned amount are considered unearned.

  • An unearned aid percentage is calculated as: 100% - Earned Aid%= Unearned Aid%
  • The return amount is calculated by: Unearned  Aid% × Amount of TA received during withdrawal term

Fully Earned Tuition Assistance: Return policies apply to students that withdraw on or before the 60% point of the term. Discontinuing enrollment after the 60% point will not result in adjustment to the student’s Tuition Assistance for that term.

Return Table Examples:

16 Week Course (80 days)
Number of Class Days % Return of Funds
1 - 10 100%
11 - 20 75 - 99%
21 - 40 50 - 74%
41 - 48 40 - 49%
49 - 80 No Return


8 Week Course (40 days)
Number of Class Days % of Return of Funds
1 - 5 100 %
6 - 10 75 - 99%
11 - 20 50 - 74%
21 - 24 40 - 49%
25 - 40 No Return

Procedures: NSU will track drops, withdrawals, and administrative withdrawals for students receiving Tuition Assistance. The procedure below is drawn from Veteran’s Services. Other TA return procedures are similar.

  1. Veteran’s Services provides the Bursar’s office with documentation of students enrolled in tuition assistance programs. This information includes ID, name, CRN, course prefix & number, course title, part-of-term, class start date, drop/withdraw date. & refund percent.
  2. At the first of every month, Veteran’s Services reviews the student’s enrollment to determine if the student remains in the class or has been withdrawn.
  1. If a withdrawal occurred, the withdrawal date is used as the last date of attendance.
  2. If an administrative withdrawal occurs, the last date of attendance is used as the withdrawal date.
  1. Using the return table, the Bursar’s office calculates the percent of return and returns funds to the appropriate agency for each student.

Dropping Courses

If you do not begin attendance in all of the courses for which you have received financial aid, you may be obligated to repay all or a portion of your financial aid.  (Note: Dropping a course(s) will also affect your Satisfactory Academic Progress, please read the SAP policy below.)

Student Financial Aid


NSU’s financial aid program for graduate students is designed to recognize excellence in academics and leadership, and also assists those who otherwise would be unable to attend the University. NSU participates in all traditional types of financial assistance available through the state and the federal government. Graduate students at NSU receive funds from a variety of sources to pay for their education, including scholarships, graduate assistantships, tuition waivers, part-time jobs and educational loans. This money comes from federal and state agencies, as well as private donors. Assistance from the federal student aid programs is based on the belief that students should make every effort possible to invest in their education. We are committed to working with students to make a graduate degree from NSU affordable. However, please be aware that graduate students are not eligible for subsidized student loans, or grant assistance from the Federal Title IV programs.

Undergraduate pre-requisite or leveling courses required for program admission are not included in the financial aid eligibility distribution.

Financial Aid Application Process

  1. Apply for admission to NSU as a graduate student. Graduate students must enroll in at least 5 graduate level hours to receive financial aid.
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid as soon as possible after October 1st of each year.  The most efficient methods for students to apply for financial aid is to complete the FAFSA by using the myStudentAid mobile app or online at https://studentaid.ed.gov
  3. Respond promptly to any correspondence requesting additional information.  All correspondence will be sent via NSU email, so it’s important that students check their NSU email account regularly as well as their goNSU student account.
  4. Financial aid applicants will be notified of their financial aid eligibility through their NSU email account and via their goNSU student account.

Types of Financial Assistance Available

Graduate students are not eligible for subsidized student loans, or grant assistance from the Federal Title IV programs.

Federal Work Study Program - This on-campus employment for needy students.  These employees can work up to 20 hours per week and are paid at least minimum wage.  Limited funding available.  A listing of available student employment positions is posted in the NSU Office of Student Financial Services prior to the beginning of each semester. Job postings are also available on the NSU website at www.nsuok.edu. 

Institutional Employment- On-campus employment. Normally twenty hours per week at minimum wage. Financial aid eligibility is not required. A listing of available student employment positions is posted in the NSU Office of Student Financial Services prior to the beginning of each semester. Job postings are also available on the NSU website at www.nsuok.edu.  

Job Location and Development - The Office of Student Financial Services provides assistance in locating off campus, part-time employment.  Financial aid eligibility is not required.

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant (TEACH Grant) - Through the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007, Congress created the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program that provides grants of up to $4,000 per year with a required reduction amount for students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. The graduate Teach eligible majors are M.Ed. in Reading, M.Ed. in Science, and the M.Ed. in Mathematics. Qualifications for this grant can be found on NSU’s Financial Aid website under the grant section.

Student Loans - Students are encouraged to pursue all opportunities for scholarships, and employment before borrowing.  Loans should be considered a last resort for funding a student’s educational expenses.  First time student loan borrowers are required to participate in an online student loan counseling session and complete a master promissory note at www.studentaid.gov . Loans listed have maximum yearly, as well as lifetime limits. A chart acknowledging these limits may be found on our website under the loan section.

Direct Grad Plus Loan - This is money borrowed through the US Department of Education at a fixed interest rate of 6.28%. The student is responsible for the interest on this loan. Repayment begins 60 days after the loan is fully disbursed.

Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan - This is money borrowed through the US Department of Education at a fixed interest rate of 5.28%. The student is responsible for the interest on this loan. Repayment begins six months after the student graduates or ceases to be enrolled at least half time.

Tribal Assistance - Available for Native American Students; please apply early to the appropriate tribal higher education agency.

Graduate Record Examination Fee Reduction Program

The purpose of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Fee Reduction Certificate is to ensure that fees for this test are not a barrier to graduate study for low-income students. There are four requirements a student must meet to receive this waiver. The student must be:

  1. A United States Citizen or resident alien.
  2. A dependent senior whose FAFSA report indicates an EFC of no more than $2,500.
  3. A self-supporting senior whose FAFSA report indicates an EFC of no more than $3,000.
  4. A self-supporting un-enrolled college graduate whose FAFSA report indicates an EFC of no more than $3,000.

Seniors must be receiving financial aid through an undergraduate college in the United States, American Samoa, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico and meet one of the above requirements.

GRE Fee Waiver Certificates waive 50% of the full test fee for one General Test and/or one Subject Test only.  GRE test takers who were previously approved by Educational Testing Service (ETS) for a GRE fee reduction waiver may retake a GRE test for 50% of the full test fee without submitting new documentation if they are testing within one calendar year of their approval date.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy


Federal regulations require that all recipients of student financial assistance make satisfactory academic progress toward a degree. Students applying for assistance through the TEACH Grant, Federal SEOG, Federal Work Study, Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan, Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, and Graduate PLUS loan programs are required to meet THREE separate requirements to maintain their financial aid eligibility at NSU.

First, students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average for all courses attempted or completed.
Second, students are required to complete (pass) a certain percentage of all hours they attempt.
Third, students must complete their degree within a timely manner.

These three requirements are summarized in the following charts. Failure to meet either or both of these minimum academic standards will result in the loss of financial aid eligibility. Students are expected to know, based on this Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy, when they may be placed on financial aid probation or suspension.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy Requirements

I.  Grade Point Average Requirement

Each student must meet a minimum cumulative grade point average (for all courses attempted) to remain eligible for federal student aid. 

NOTE:  Some education majors may have a different requirement.  See the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy on the Student Financial Services Home page for details.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy Requirements   Undergraduate Graduate

Undergraduate - Total Hours Attempted from all Institutions

Graduate - Total Hours Attempted at NSU

1-30 credit hours 31 or more hours All
Minimum Cumulative G.P.A 1.70 minimum GPA 2.00 minimum GPA 3.00 minimum GPA

Pass or Fail

Pass or fail coursework GPA is included in the cumulative GPA calculation. Courses that receive a grad of P will be measured with a GPA of 2.0 for Undergraduate students and a 3.0 for Graduate students. Grades of F are calculated with 0.0 GPA.

II.  Satisfactory Completion of Semester Hours Requirement

Students must also successfully complete and pass 67% of courses they attempt. Grades of A, B, C, D, F, P, S, W, AW, WP, WF, I N, NA, NP, X and U are all considered attempted hours. All transfer hours are included in this calculation for undergraduate students. However, grades of F, AW, W, N, NA, NP, I, or U are not considered satisfactorily completed.

Percentage of cumulative attempted hours a student must complete to remain eligible for Federal Student Aid.



Students must successfully complete: 67% of all attempted courses 67% of all attempted courses    

Incomplete/ X Grades

Incompletes or grades of I are considered to be GPA neutral until the coursework is complete and the student receives a letter grade for the course. Grades of I are counted in hours attempted, but not hours passed in the completion rate.

Students working on their thesis may receive a grade of X until all coursework is completed, the X will be considered as GPA neutral. Once a grade is earned the X will be changed to P or F and will at that time count towards the cumulative GPA. Grades of X count towards hours attempted.


Students who withdraw after census date and receive grades of AW or W count as hours attempted, but are considered to be GPA neutral.

III. Maximum Time Frame for Degree Completion

Students must complete their degree program within an allotted time frame to remain eligible for financial aid. All students enrolled in a degree of certification program may attempt 150% of the hours required in pursuit of the degree or certification. The limitation scale is as follows:

Attempted Hours Allowed for Earning a Degree

186 hours - First Bachelor’s Degree           54 hours - First Master’s Degree

 240 hours - Additional Undergrad Work     90 hours - Additional Master’s Work

Repeated Coursework

Title IV funds may only pay for one repeat of a previously passed course.  More than one repeated course will not be calculated in the student’s enrollment status pertaining to Title IV funds.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Evaluation

  • Satisfactory Academic Progress is evaluated at the conclusion of each academic semester after grades have been posted.  All attempted and transfer hours are counted during this evaluation. (Transfer hours are only applicable toward undergraduate degrees.)

Rules are applied uniformly to all students whether or not aid has been received previously.

  • A WARNING is given to students for one semester who do not meet both requirements I. and II. shown above.  This is a warning status and students can receive financial aid during their next semester of attendance.  NOTE:  A warning is not given to students regarding maximum time frame, it is the student’s responsibility to know how many hours they have attempted and where they stand.
  • SUSPENSION will be required for any students who fail to meet either one or both requirements I and II at the conclusion of their warning semester.  Students cannot receive funds from the aid programs listed above while suspended.  (SEE APPEAL OF SUSPENSION)

Financial Aid Suspension Appeals / Reinstatement


A student with extenuating circumstances may appeal his/her financial aid suspension by submitting an appeal to the Office of Student Financial Services. Appeal forms may be obtained in the Student Financial Services office or in the form section on the NSU financial aid website. Appeals must explain in detail why the student failed to meet the minimum academic standards, what extenuating circumstances caused the failure, and how the situation has since improved. Examples of extenuating circumstances include but are not limited to: illness, medical issues with immediate family members, a death in the family, natural disaster, or COVID-19 disruption. Personal or financial issues with family, friends, or roommates are not considered extenuating circumstances. The appeal should include supporting documentation to substantiate the request for reinstatement. A student’s appeal should include:

  1. The reason(s) why the student failed to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress.
  2. Supporting documentation that may be pertinent to the student’s appeal.
  3. An academic plan for success. (Details will be outlined in the student’s suspension letter.)

The Office of Student Financial Services appeal committee will evaluate all documentation submitted and the student’s appeal will be approved or denied. The results of the appeal will be emailed/mailed and posted to the student’s goNSU account within approximately ten working days. All decisions are final unless the student can provide additional details not previously disclosed.  The student will then have the opportunity to submit a revised appeal for the next appeal committee meeting.

If denied, the student is responsible for paying for his/her own educational costs until the student improves his/her scholastic record to meet the minimum standards.  Students who were denied due to maximum time frame are responsible for paying for their own educational costs for the remainder of their degree program.

If approved, the student will either be:

  1. Placed on probation for one semester only, or
  2. Placed on a continued probation based on the academic plan for success they submitted with the appeal.

The student’s approval email/letter will explain all requirements that must be met during his/her probationary period to continue to receive financial aid.

A student who fails to complete a single course or has a complete withdrawal from the university after receiving financial aid may be automatically placed on suspension.

Student Responsibility

Students are responsible for reading and understanding the Satisfactory Academic Progress eligibility requirements and knowing their status at the end of each semester.  If questions arise, contact the Office of Student Financial Services at 918-444-3456.  **PLEASE NOTE:  Financial aid warning, probation, and suspension are separate from academic probation and suspension.

Transfer Students Grades & Financial Aid


Academic transcripts for all transfer students will be reviewed by the NSU Office of Admissions and coursework from all previously attended colleges will be posted to their NSU transcript. Transfer students with no grade history at NSU will be placed on financial aid probation their first semester of attendance if the transcript shows that the minimum requirements have not been met. Transfer students admitted on financial aid probation are eligible to receive financial assistance their first semester of attendance. Continuation of financial aid eligibility beyond the first semester of attendance will be approved only if the minimum requirements are met.

  1. For financial aid purposes, all grades of A, B, C, D, F, P, S, W, AW, WP, WF, I, N, NP, X and U are hours attempted.
  2. Only grades of A, B, C, D, S, and P are counted as hours successfully completed.
  3. Audit classes are not eligible for financial aid and are not counted as hours attempted.
  4. All classes attempted at all institutions are used in satisfactory academic progress calculations.
  5. Passing grades received in zero level remedial classes count as hours attempted for financial aid purposes.  

Scholarship Programs

The NSU Scholarship Office, located in the upper level of the CASE building, assists out-of-state graduate students with information on how to finance their education with Out-of-State NSU scholarship funds. Out-of-State Scholarship information is continuously updated on the NSU website at https://scholarships.nsuok.edu/

Foundation Scholarships

Graduate tuition waivers and foundation scholarships are available.  Graduate students may complete the graduate scholarship application through the graduate Funding and Scholarship page at https://gradcollege.nsuok.edu/FundingandScholarships.aspx

Graduate and Instructional Assistantships

Graduate and/or instructional assistantships are available for the academic year in several areas. Full-time graduate/instructional assistants teach six hours per semester, or serve a maximum of twenty clock hours per week in a laboratory or other teaching facility. Full-time graduate/instructional assistants also carry an academic load of six to nine hours of graduate credit. For non-teaching assistants ten hours of work per week is equivalent to teaching three semester hours.

Candidates for assistantships must hold a baccalaureate degree, must be fully admitted as a regular student to Graduate College, and must qualify for regular admission to a graduate degree program. Other selection criteria may be added based on the requirements of the particular assignment. Applications for assistantships are available in the Graduate College office or on the website www.nsuok.edu. The completed application must be submitted to the Graduate College for the Dean’s approval prior to employment.

Intern Teaching Voucher Program

The voucher program is an effort by Northeastern State University to contribute to the improvement of instruction in the schools of this area in return for the services they render to the University.

The program provides that each school system which participates in the Mentoring Internship Program of Northeastern State University is granted waiver credit at the rate of one (1) semester hour of regular graduate credit per intern per designated mentor teacher.

All waiver certificates will be coordinated and prepared by the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership and forwarded to the Office of Business Affairs. The Office of Business Affairs will send the certificates by certified mail to each respective school system where interns are placed.

The chief administrative officer of each school shall designate a staff member to receive the waiver certificate, providing that such staff member has been admitted to graduate study and is pursuing graduate credit at Northeastern State University. All certificates must have the signature of the public school official and two officials of Northeastern State University.

Waiver certificates are valid for two years from the date issued. Waiver certificates that are lost, stolen or destroyed cannot be replaced. A waiver covers one hour of graduate tuition only. Any enrollment fees must be paid by the student.  

Regents Tuition Waivers

This scholarship is available to both undergraduate and graduate students at NSU based on academic performance, and/or financial need. Scholarship recipients are selected by committees from within the various academic departments at NSU. Graduate students are required to have a 3.0 cumulative GPA for consideration. The Regents Tuition Waiver is a one year scholarship.  Graduate students are required to complete a scholarship application which can be found online on the Scholarship website at https://gradcollege.nsuok.edu/FundingandScholarships.aspx.