Financial Aid

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Funding Your Online Education

Students are encouraged to work closely with the Office of Student Financial Assistance as they explore options in meeting the costs of an online education.

After reading the consumer information on this page, you can contact our staff for answers to any additional questions. Contact us via email at [email protected] or by phone at 859-572-5755.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to determine your eligibility, you must be fully admitted to NKU. You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually. The priority deadline to file the FAFSA each year is Feb. 1. You will not be awarded federal, state, or institutional aid until your financial aid file is complete.

You must be enrolled in a degree-seeking program to receive federal financial aid. You must also be maintaining progress according to NKU’s Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy (SAP). You must meet all federal, state, and institutional eligibility requirements.

The Office of Student Financial Assistance reserves the right, on behalf of the College, to review and cancel any award at any time because of changes in a student’s financial or academic status. Changes are reflected on the revised award. This serves as notification of the change.

The Office of Student Financial Assistance participates in the following Federal Aid programs:

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
  • Federal Work-Study (FWS)
  • Federal Direct Loan (subsidized and unsubsidized)
  • Federal Direct PLUS Loan (PLUS)
  • Federal Direct Graduate/Professional PLUS loan (GRAD PLUS)

Before eligibility is determined, you must complete the FAFSA and meet basic eligibility requirements such as:

  • Be admitted to the University with a complete financial aid file
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen with a valid Social Security number
  • Have completed a high school diploma or General Education Development (GED) certification
  • If you are male between the ages of 18-25, you must be registered with the Selective Service System
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress
  • Have not defaulted on a federal student loan or do not owe a Title IV grant repayment
  • Have not been convicted of drug sale or possession while receiving federal aid

If you have any further questions regarding these eligibility requirements, you can also contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4FED-AID or 1-800-433-3243.