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 Concurrent Enrollment Programs (CEP) Nursing students.
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.
- At least half-time NAU enrollment (six credit hours) is required for student loans for non-CEP Nursing consortium 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:
- An 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.
- An NAU consortium agreement is required for students not in the CEP program and are 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.
Consortium agreement forms must be submitted to OSFA prior to the deadline for the applicable term:
o Fall: August 1
o Spring: December 1
o Summer: May 1
- Non-parent school courses must be transferable to NAU and approved by Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation.
• Student must be enrolled in 6 to 11 credits at NAU with a combined enrollment of 12 or more credits.
- A student enrolled in 12 or more credits at NAU are not eligible for a consortium agreement and are 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, 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.
- A student who is approved for a consortium agreement with NAU must provide unofficial transcripts from the non-parent school to OSFA. Aid for upcoming semesters will not be disbursed until the unofficial transcript has been received and evaluated.
- Student is required to submit an official transcript from the non-parent school to the Office of the Registrar. 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.
- Consortium agreements will not be processed after a student’s aid has disbursed.
- Consideration for special circumstances will 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.
CEP consortium agreement Accordion Closed
- Only Nursing, Respiratory, and Dental Hygiene block courses from Maricopa, Pima, Northern Pioneer, Central Arizona, or Arizona Western Community Colleges can be included in your NAU financial aid class load as those are the only classes from your community college that are needed for your degree program.
- Your consortium agreement will be denied if you are enrolled in duplicate courses.
- An NAU course is required if you need an additional credit and/or course to reach full-time status for scholarship, loan and/or Pell Grant funds.
- Consortium agreements do not guarantee an increase in financial aid.
- You are responsible for paying tuition and other expenses at your non-parent school. NAU does not pay the non-parent school. Understand your other school’s payment deadlines and pay them directly. Your NAU tuition and other allowed charges will be paid with financial aid before a refund is issued.
- It is against federal regulations for students to receive financial aid at more than one school at a time.
- A new consortium agreement is required each semester you wish to participate.
- NAU tuition scholarships and waivers are exclusive to NAU tuition and students must be enrolled in at least 7 credits. These awards cannot be applied to your non-parent school’s tuition.
- NAU scholarships and waivers require successful completion of 30 credit hours per year. Meet your specific scholarship criteria to maintain eligibility.
- Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy applies. You must meet SAP standards while on a consortium contract.
- Contact us if you drop/withdraw from course(s). Your financial aid eligibility may be jeopardized if you do not report this information.
- Send your non-parent official transcript to NAU Admissions at the end of each consortium agreement semester. Find out how much your college charges for an official transcript and budget accordingly. Approval of a new contract might be delayed until your transcript is received.
Consortium agreement deadlines Accordion Closed
|Spring||December 1, 2017|
|Summer||June 1, 2018|
|Fall||August 1, 2018|
|NAU Consortium (non-CEP)||928-523-5820|
|NAU-CEP Maricopa Community Colleges||Joi Grace||602-728-9506|
|NAU-CEP Pima, Northern Pioneer, Central Arizona, & Arizona Western Community Colleges||Mirna Lord|