Scholarships and Financial Aid

Because the expense of paying for college can be overwhelming, the resources below are provided to assist students and their families.

In general, six forms of financial aid can be received:

1. Grants are generally awarded or regulated by the U.S. Federal Government. More information on these programs are provided at the Northwestern Financial Aid Web site. Once admitted to the College of Education and Human Development, some teacher education majors may be eligible for the U.S. Department of Education TEACH grant.

2. Loans are awarded by both the U.S. government (Perkins loans and direct loans) and private banking institutions. More information is available at the Northwestern Financial Aid Web site.

3. State scholarships are generally awarded on academic merit and often have residency requirements and limitations on approved schools. Louisiana residents are eligible for scholarships through the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS), which uses a tiered approach to determine the award amount students will receive. The award can only be drawn for up to 8 semesters or 12 quarters, and requires attendance at certain Louisiana universities and colleges. More information on the TOPS program is available from the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance.

4. University scholarships are awarded in the following areas: academic, based on grades and/or specified test scores; leadership, based on leadership potential or demonstrated leadership; performance, based on service participating through the department of Creative and Performaning Arts, Department of Military Science, and Department of Language and Communications, and; athletic, based on individual evaluation performed by the Athletic Department in compliance with NCAA regulations. More information concerning NSU scholarships are available at the Northwestern Financial Aid website.

5. Alumni/departmental scholarships are available through academic departments and the alumni foundation. The scholarship application for alumni scholarships is available through the NSU Alumni Office. The College of Education and Human Development offers an extensive list of scholarships available to majors in the College of Education and Human Development.

6. Private (third party) scholarships are awarded by private third parties for use at the college or university selected by the student. This includes scholarships awarded by various organizations and clubs, and they may or may not be available for application by the public. Numerous Web sites index private scholarship programs.