Office of Scholarships

At NSU, 94 percent of our beginning undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid, with 65 percent receiving state or local government grants or scholarships.

Financial need and merit are the main factors that are considered for the awarding of grants and scholarships. “Merit-based” aid is given to students who do well in academics, leadership, community services and other areas. “Need-based” aid is given to students who lack the financial resources needed to go to college. Unfortunately, each year, the demand for both kinds of aid is much greater than available funds.

The NSU Office of Scholarships is ready to assist students in learning more about applying and earning scholarships at NSU. The main office is located on the Tahlequah campus in the CASE building on the second floor and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 


Northeastern State University complies with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order 11246, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, all as amended, and other federal and state laws and regulations. NSU does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices or procedures. This includes but is not limited to admissions, contracting, employment, financial aid and educational services.

Northeastern State University, in compliance with Oklahoma Constitution Article 2, § 36A, does not unlawfully grant preferential treatment to, or discriminate against, any individual or group on the basis of race, color, sex, ethnicity or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education or public contracting.

Scholarship Applications

Carefully read the description for each application. NSU is not responsible for placing applications in the correct category. It is the student's responsibility to fill out the correct application. After reading the descriptions below, please select the correct category from the list on the left side of the page.

Freshmen Application
This application is for incoming freshmen only. Fill this out only if you are a 2015 high school graduate, or have never attended college before. Even if you have concurrent college hours completed while in high school, you are still considered an incoming freshman.

Continuing Application
This application is for students currently attending NSU. You may also fill out this application if you are not currently enrolled, but NSU was the last school you attended.

Transfer Application 
This application is for new transfer students. Fill this out only if you are first attending NSU for the Fall 2015 semester. If you will attend NSU during Spring 2015, fill out the Continuing Application.

Graduate and Optometry students do not need to fill out a scholarship application. Awards for these students are made internally within their respective colleges. 

Paying for College with Grants, Scholarships, and Federal Loans (pdf)