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Non-traditional Students: You May Need These Services

Non-traditional students are known as adult students, adult learners, lifelong learners, or older students

FAFSA and Financial Aid

All students should fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, better known as the FAFSA form.

Grants, scholarships and loans are based on the financial information listed in this form.

You will have to complete the form every year, and time is important.  Some grants are first-come, first-serve.  FAFSA applications begin January 1st.

The Office of Student Financial Aid uses information from the FAFSA as well.

The Student Center and Univertsity Bookstore

The Student Center is a hub of activity for students on campus.  Dining, meeting and studying are all done here.  If you are a commuter student on campus, there is even a lounging area available for you to use.

Needing textbooks, apparel, gifts, supplies and electronics... visit The University Bookstore


Virginia Beach Higher Eduation Center (VBHEC)

The Norfolk State University Virginia Beach Higher Education Center and Continuing Education Department provides multi-educational services and opportunities for traditional and non-traditional students, as well as lifelong learners throughout the Greater Hampton Roads community and beyond, to help them accomplish their goals, achieve their highest potential, and have a better quality of life.

Spartan Success Center

The Spartan Success Center offers services designed to improve student achievement, increase retention, and reduce time to degree completion. Students are encouraged to take advantage of tutoring (including SMARTHINKING online free tutoring service), advising, mentoring, Sophomore Year Experience, and Examination of Writing Competency assistance.

Find a Proctor

Find a proctor and seek prior approval from the course instructor.

Instructor and students FAQs for proctoring

Parking and Safety


You have decided to go back to school.  Use this guide to find out how to get there.

Take a look at a campus map showing commuter parking lots for your use.  Commuter lots are marked in orange.

  • Commuter decals authorizes parking in any available "commuter" or "open" parking lots only.
  • Commuter decals are only available to current NSU students who live off campus.
  • A Commuter decal is purchased from the Norfolk State University Ticket Box Office.

Campus Security can answer questions about campus security and public safety.

Campus Police

The Norfolk State University Police Department is responsible for the safety and security of all members of the NSU community. The Police Department is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Non-Emergency Number: (757) 823-8102

Emergency Hotline: (757) 823-9000


NSU Parking and Transportation Services offer free shuttle service for residents, faculty, staff and visitors. The shuttle travels on set routes continuously from the East Campus to West Campus with marked stops throughout the campus.



Counseling Center


Adjusting to campus life and classes can be difficult.  The Counseling Center's services are available to you.