How to Pay for Nova Southeastern University

Whether you’re on the Davie, Dania Beach, or North Miami Beach campus of Nova Southeastern University, or NSU, you’re never far from the water—but don’t let the beautiful views around Fort Lauderdale distract from how you’ll pay for your education.

With graduate programs from law to osteopathic medicine, you’ve got plenty of options at NSU; and with nearly 30,000 students attending at any given time, you’ll join a strong network after graduating, too.

How much does it cost to attend Nova Southeastern University?

For full-time undergraduates in the 2016-2017 school year, tuition at NSU costs $27,986, and room and board are estimated around $11,000 for the year. Note that this does not include additional fees or other expenses, like travel, clothing, or dining out.

Law students at Shepard Broad College of Law at NSU are charged $37,960 for the 2016-2017 academic year, plus $700 in expenses and an additional $250 if they are in their first semester.

While NSU does not offer an MD program, they do grant doctorate degrees in osteopathy. Tuition for this program in 2016-2017 is $49,639 for in-state students and $54,806 for out-of-state students. This does not include the yearly $145 student access fee, $1,050 student service fee, or $100 laboratory fee for first-years – nor does it take into account living expenses such as housing and food.

The H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business & Entrepreneurship offers options for graduate business degrees (online and evening programs, for example), but regardless of the program students are charged per credit. Yearly tuition is estimated to be $31,003.

What kind of financial aid does Nova Southeastern University offer?

In addition to student loans, NSU undergraduates have access to a number of grants from the state of Florida. The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship, for example, is awarded on a per-credit basis to graduates of Florida high schools who demonstrate “high academic achievement”. Another, the José Martí Scholarship Challenge Grant Fund, awards up to $2000 per year to Florida residents of Hispanic origin. If you are from Florida, be sure to explore and apply to all state grants for which you might be eligible.

NSU itself offers scholarships for undergraduate students. The NSU President’s Scholarship, for example, covers up to full tuition for eligible students – and the President’s Premier Scholarship includes room and board in addition to tuition. Dean’s Scholarships, on the other hand, are awarded in amounts up to $12,000 per year. Another option, the Razor’s Edge Global Scholarship, is for students with a “strong interest in global issues, international relations, global leadership, and cross-cultural understanding”. But the aid money doesn’t stop here – browse all 156 NSU undergraduate scholarships using their search tool.

Shepard Broad law students have options when it comes to scholarships, too, with 60 scholarships available through the university. Many of these scholarships require separate applications, and are announced to students once they become available, so be sure to keep an eye out if you’ll be pursuing your law degree at NSU. These scholarships range from broad to very specific; for example, the James and Beatrice Salah Scholarship is for “evening law students with children” and requires an essay to apply, whereas the Class of 1978 Law Scholarship Endowed Fund requires no additional application and is awarded based on “good academic standing.”

Students at the H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship have fewer university-sponsored scholarships from which to choose. The Graduate Business Student Tuition Award is the only bona fide scholarship and is awarded based on both undergraduate performance and an application essay. Other financial aid options are available to government employees, NSU alums, and non-profit employee; in all three cases, these students will receive a discount of $151.80 per credit hour for their tuition.

Osteopathic students have access to even fewer scholarships. The options available are for students from certain states, such as Pennsylvania, Colorado, and Alabama. In addition, students of manipulative medicine can apply for an Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Fellowship, which covers full tuition for junior and senior years, as well as training and experience in the field.

What kinds of extras should I expect to pay for at Nova Southeastern University?

If you’re bringing a car to campus, be sure to account for costs like insurance and car payments. The good news at NSU is that any student can get a parking permit, meaning you won’t rack up parking costs like you might at other universities.

Greek life is small but exists at NSU, so if joining a sorority or fraternity appeals to you, look into how much it will cost and consider whether it’s worth the financial commitment. There are typically dues associated with membership, in addition to other costs for outings and events.

As for the weather at NSU, you certainly won’t need to stock up on winter clothes—budget instead for more bathing suits and beach towels. However, if the place you call home is far away, getting back won’t be too difficult. NSU’s main campus is just a 15-minute drive from the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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