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Financial Aid Frequently Asked Questions

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Most Creighton students use financial aid to help pay for their education—and most of them have questions, too. We've compiled some of the most common financial aid questions.

Yes, academic scholarship awards are renewable for eight semesters. Scholarship recipients' must maintain full-time enrollment and the required grade point average for scholarship renewal. Scholarship recipient’s progress is monitored annually.

Some scholarships may be available for students transferring in to Creighton. Please contact Creighton's Office of Undergraduate Admissions for further information.

Yes. If you still have an outstanding balance after all financial aid and other credits have been applied, you can pay the remaining balance with one of the following cards: Discover, MasterCard or American Express. There is a 2.95% processing fee.

You can also pay your remaining balance using e-checks. You will need to supply your bank account number and bank routing number and indicate savings or checking. There is no fee to use e-checks.

Go to your NEST and follow instructions for these processes listed under Student Accounts.

Yes, all Creighton students who wish to be considered for Federal and Institutional need-based aid are required to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year. In addition to the FAFSA, undergraduate students who are selected for verification will need to turn in a Creighton University Verification Worksheet and copies of the tax return transcripts that will be requested from both student and parent.

Most filers can also use the IRS Data Retrieval options to have their tax information uploaded directly into the FAFSA from the IRS. Students are notified by the financial aid office via email if they are selected for verification and what documentation is required to finalize the financial aid package.

Creighton encourages both new and returning students to complete the FAFSA by the Preferred Deadline to be considered for the maximum amount of need-based aid (Creighton, federal, state and private) which is March 1. If requested, the IRS Tax Return Transcript should be submitted to the Financial Aid Office by May 1.

Yes, Creighton offers the Payment Plan. The Payment Plan is designed to avoid the impact of paying a full semester's tuition in one sum by making equal monthly payments that can be spread out over a maximum of five months per term.

There is a small fee for this service, but no interest charge. For more information about this plan, please contact the Creighton Business Office at 402.280.5599.

All Federal Direct Loan funds will be automatically credited to the student's account at the Business Office at the beginning of each semester.

All students receiving outside scholarship awards need to notify the Financial Aid Office to properly credit the student's account at the Business Office. We may have to adjust federal financial aid in accordance with federal regulations. We would reduce/cancel loans first, then Federal Work Study. All outside scholarship checks should be sent to:

Creighton University Office of Financial Aid
2500 California Plaza
Omaha, NE 68178

Check your email regularly. We will communicate with you often through your email account. And your NEST website has all your information. It is secure and confidential. Only you can see it. You can also give permission for others to access your information, such as your parents or guardian.

There are instructions on NEST if you wish to give others access to some or all or your information.

If you are seeking information about your past and present loans, please visit

The Undergraduate Application for Admissions also serves as Creighton’s scholarship application. The application deadline for priority consideration for scholarships at Creighton is determined by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Announcements of scholarship recipients are made by the University Scholarship Committee as part of the admissions decision letter.

We are available Monday–Friday from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. via phone: at 402.280.2731 and email:
If you need to submit documentation, please use our secure JayDrop link.

All financial aid is credited by semester. One half of the yearly award will be applied to the assessed charges at the beginning of the fall term, the other half at the beginning of the spring term.

Students with a credit balance have several options. The Business Office can issue a refund to the student, to the parent, or hold the credit for the next semester.

All refunds issued must go to the student's designated bank account. No paper checks are issued. Students sign up for direct deposit of their refunds to their bank account through their NEST. Follow the links for "Student Accounts." All refunds are handled through the Creighton Business Office. If you are not sure if you have a credit balance, check your account on NEST or call the Business Office at 402.280.2707.

A warning notice will be mailed after the fall semester to those students whose cumulative grade point average is below the requirement. At the end of the spring semester, a scholarship termination letter will be mailed to those students whose cumulative grade point average falls below the minimum requirement.

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