Grants are based on financial need, and are funds that do not have to be repaid. Students must meet the eligibility requirements to qualify for grants. To apply for all grants, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Textbooks and Federal Student Aid Information
All enrolled students attending NSU are provided a charge account (Talon Charge) to be used at the NSU Riverhawk Shoppes on campus. Talon Charge can only be used to purchase textbooks, educational supplies, and book bags from the Riverhawk Shoppes either at the Tahlequah or Broken Arrow campuses. Our goal is to keep Bursar account balances lower by focusing Talon on items supporting academic success.
The Talon Charge account will open at least 7 days prior to beginning of the term and will remain open for at least 7 days after the term begins. Full time students are granted $800 dollars, and part time students are granted $400 dollars.
Federal Pell Grant
Lifetime Limits for the Pell Grant are limited to 12 full time semesters.
Federal regulations state that a students’ Pell award amount is locked in at the time of disbursement and therefore cannot be updated after that date. If a student signs a consortium agreement to take courses at another school, NSU must have the approved consortium agreement prior to a students’ initial disbursement or those hours will not be included in the students Pell Grant calculation.
The Federal Pell Grant is available only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's degree or professional degree, and is based on your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to apply for a Federal Pell Grant. The current maximum Federal Pell Grant for an eligible student is $5,815 per academic year, while the minimum amount is $591 per academic year. It is possible to receive the Pell Grant for enrollment of 3 credit hours or more.
Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
The SEOG is for undergraduate students that have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of zero. Funding for the SEOG grant is limited and awarded to early applicants. The maximum SEOG award is $1002 per academic year. To be eligible for SEOG, you must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours.
Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant (OTAG)
The OTAG grant is a state funded grant awarded to undergraduate students who have financial need. OTAG grants are awarded to students who are residents of the state, have an EFC of 1700 or less, are enrolled in at least 6 hours, and meet the OTAG deadline. A student must have completed their FAFSA by December 1st for priority consideration. The maximum OTAG award is $1,000 per academic year. (Note: Deadlines subject to change and are set by the Oklahoma State Regents)
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 $3,964 per year to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families.
To qualify for a TEACH Grant, you must:
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.FAFSA.ed.gov, although you do not have to demonstrate financial need.
- Be a U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen.
- Be enrolled as an undergraduate, or graduate student in a post-secondary educational institution that has chosen to participate in the TEACH Grant Program. Note: Post-Baccalaureate programs are not eligible.
- Be enrolled in coursework that is necessary to begin a career in teaching or plan to complete such coursework. Such coursework may include subject area courses (e.g., math courses for a student who intends to be a math teacher).
- Meet certain academic achievement requirements (generally, scoring above the 75th percentile on a college admissions test or maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25).
- Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve.
You may now apply for the TEACH Grant by completing the TEACH Grant application (pdf), and submitting it to the Financial Aid Office. You must complete a TEACH Grant application every academic year that you wish to apply for the Grant.
NOTE: TEACH Grants award amounts will be pro-rated based on student enrollment at time of disbursement, see below.
Full Time Enrollment 12+ Hours = Teach award up to 3,728 per academic year.
3/4 Time Enrollment 9 to 11 Hours = Teach award up to 2,796 per academic year.
1/2 Time Enrollment 6 to 8 Hours = Teach award up to 1,864 per academic year.
Less Than 1/2 Time Enrollment 1 to 5 Hours = Teach award up to 932 per academic year.
Graduate Students (5000 Level Courses)
Full Time Enrollment 9+ Hours = Teach award up to 3,728 per academic year.
1/2 Time Enrollment 5 to 8 Hours = Teach award up to 1,864 per academic year.
Less Than 1/2 Time Enrollment 1 to 4 Hours = Teach award up to 932 per academic year.
If you would like to read more about this grant, you can visit the Federal Student Aid Teach Grant.