Consortium agreements at NAU
Use financial aid at both NAU and another college or university
More than 800 financial aid students take advantage of dual-enrollment every year through a consortium agreement, including:
What is a consortium agreement?
A financial aid consortium agreement is a contract between a student and Northern Arizona University (NAU) allowing the student to receive financial aid from NAU (parent institution) to pay for and successfully earn credit hours at both NAU and another college or university (non-parent institution). The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (OSFA) processes the agreements based on the outlined criteria.
It’s simple. After NAU (known as the “parent school”) charges are paid, use your potential financial aid refund to pay tuition at your other institution (known as the “non-parent school”). Students need to pay attention to payment deadlines at their non-parent school to ensure classes are not dropped for non-payment. Reminders:
- Save time and do not apply if you’re already enrolled in 12 or more credit hours at NAU; you’re already receiving the full amount of financial aid allowed.
- Eligible students must be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours at NAU.
- Students who are receiving NAU Merit Scholarships must be enrolled in a minimum of seven credit hours at NAU.
- Students who are receiving NAU Transfer Scholarships are not eligible for consortium agreements as a requirement of the Transfer Scholarship is that the student must be enrolled only at NAU full-time. This does not apply to CEP Nursing students.
Terms & conditions of a consortium agreement
A consortium agreement is a contract. If approved, you’ll have to meet specific terms and conditions. Carefully read all the terms for your applicable program:
- A NAU CEP consortium agreement is required for all CEP Nursing students who receive financial aid at NAU for each semester they are attending both NAU and their community college.
- A NAU as Parent School consortium agreement is required for students not in the CEP program and who will be attending both NAU and a secondary institution.
NAU consortium agreement – know your responsibilities Accordion Closed
In addition to the eligibility requirements below, students seeking a consortium agreement may have no more than 64 transfer credits. Exceptions to this include: 90/30 Interdisciplinary Studies, RN/BSN, Dental Hygiene, and other NAU programs that allow more than 64 credits to be transferred toward an NAU degree program. There is no transfer credit limit for students taking their non-parent courses at Arizona Western College.
- Eligible students must be enrolled in minimum of six credit hours at NAU.
- Students who are receiving NAU Transfer Scholarships are not eligible for a consortium agreement as Transfer Scholarships require that students be enrolled as a full-time student with NAU only or through a CEP agreement with NAU.
- Non-parent school courses must be transferable to NAU and approved by Undergraduate Admissions. Course must not be repeat courses.
- A student enrolled in 12 or more credits at NAU is not eligible for a consortium agreement and is not eligible for additional aid if they also take courses at a community college.
- A student receiving NAU tuition scholarships (Lumberjack Scholars, President’s, Dean’s, National Scholars Awards and Flinn Scholars Awards, etc.) must be enrolled in a minimum of 7 credits at NAU with a combined enrollment of 12 or more credits.
- Student must be eligible for financial aid, and must either meet NAU Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards or be on SAP probation status.
- Student is required to submit an official transcript from the non-parent school to the Office of the Registrar at the end of the semester for which the agreement is approved. Courses taken at the non-parent school will not be transferred to the student’s NAU record until the official transcript has been received and evaluated.
- Student is required to notify NAU OFSA and the non-parent school if they withdraw from their courses.
- The deadline for submitting a consortium agreement is 7 days prior to the 100% tuition refund date. Specific dates for each term can be found at Student and Departmental Account Services website at nau.edu/SDAS.
- Consideration for special circumstances may be granted on a case-by-case basis.
Send your non-parent official transcript to NAU Admissions at the end of each consortium agreement semester. Find out how much your other school charges for an official transcript and budget accordingly. Approval of a new contract might be delayed until your transcript is received.