Student Financial Services

The Northeastern State University Office of Student Financial Services is dedicated to informing and educating you on options regarding federal student aid. The NSU Office of Financial Aid staff adhere to the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) code of conduct. Our main purpose is to provide you with the opportunity to reach your educational goals by ensuring you receive all eligible federal aid. Check out this Graduate student financial aid guide

Student Financial Services 

Quad State Scholarship

Full-Time, degree seeking students from Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Texas are eligible for scholarships towards the non-resident portion of their tuition; however, students must first meet Northeastern State University's graduate student admission requirements. Depending upon your academic performance, housing preference, and number of hours enrolled, the amount of your scholarship will vary. 

Graduate students that meet regular graduate admission requirements and are enrolled in at least 6 hours per semester, are eligible to receive a tuition waiver scholarship for 80% of their non-resident tuition. Graduate students living on campus are eligible to receive 100% of their non-resident tuition waived. 

Please visit NSU Tuition & Fees for the current state tuition.


For more information visit the Scholarship website!

Graduate Tuition Waiver Scholarships

Every graduate program is allocated $1,000 which may be applied to student tuition. Minimum eligibility requirements:

  • Enrolled in at least 6 graduate-level credit hours for the fall and spring semesters, 5 graduate-level credit hours for the summer semester
  • For non-resident students, the tuition waiver scholarship is applied to the non-resident tuition differential only.

Please visit the Graduate Scholarship website to apply!

Graduate Assistantships/Student Workers

Graduate study transitions the student into the professional scholar. Graduate student appointments, in the form of assistantships and student employee positions, facilitate this transformation by providing an experiential opportunity, combining academic knowledge in the professional environment. The Graduate College seeks to ensure graduate students are successful in the performance of their appointment duties as well as their academic pursuits. The Graduate Student Employment Handbook details the policies and responsibilities that all graduate student employees share. It does not replace policies that are stated in the Graduate Catalog. Some departments have adopted additional guidelines for graduate student employees; please check with your supervisor or department chair for more information. The applicant is responsible for contacting the appropriate administrator to apply for the position in which he/she is interested. Applications must be renewed each academic semester. Positions must be relevant to the student's major.

Graduate assistants receive $1,500 per semester for teaching three hours or working ten hours per week; $3,000 for teaching six hours or working twenty hours per week.

Graduate assistants are eligible for six hours of tuition waiver granted by the academic unit.

To be eligible for the assistantship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be fully admitted to the Graduate College. Probationary, temporary, or provisional basis do not qualify.
  • Be admitted to a graduate degree program with a current plan of study on file with the Graduate College.
  • Complete the entrance exam required for the graduate degree program, with the requisite score, and submit an official copy of the results with the Graduate College.
  • Additional criteria may be required by the employing department and the nature of the particular assignment.

To maintain eligibility for the assistantship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA. Students who fall below a cumulative 3.0 GPA will be removed from the position and permanently lose eligibility to apply for future positions.
  • Complete a minimum of six hours of graduate course work per semester. International students must complete in a minimum of nine hours of graduate course work per semester.



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