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UPMC Schools of Nursing Financial Aid

The UPMC Schools of Nursing participate in grant and loan programs in accordance with rules, regulations and financial aid policies as set forth by the U.S. Department of Education (Federal), the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (State) and the Ohio Higher Education Department (State). All grants and loans, as a result, are based primarily on financial need.

Financial need is defined as the difference between the amount of money a student (and parents or spouse) can provide for the education program and the actual expense of the education. Every student and his/her family are, therefore, required to contribute the amount of financial support toward the student’s education that they reasonably can.

The Financial Aid programs in which the School of Nursing participates are as follows:

In order to be considered for Federal Grants, State Grants and Federal Direct Loans, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA Customer Support is widely available by phone at 1-800-433-3243. They can easily troubleshoot FAFSA completion issues, as well was FSA ID login issues.

When completing the FAFSA, please enter the appropriate school code:


Students may inquire for more information regarding grants or loans by contacting the Financial Aid Professional at your campus.


Grants

NOTE: Grants are not available to students who have earned a bachelor’s degree.

  1. PA State PHEAA Grant
    • To qualify for the State PHEAA Grant, you must reside in Pennsylvania.
    • You will be notified by PHEAA of your eligibility for a state grant.
    • PHEAA will also notify you of the amount you are to be awarded.
    • Keep this notification in your files. The school will also receive notification.
    • You will be notified when PHEAA funds have paid to your account.
    • You can reach PHEAA Customer Support during business hours (M-F) for assistance by calling: 1-800-692-7392.
  2. Ohio State OCOG
    • To qualify for Ohio’s State OCOG, you must reside in Ohio.
    • You will be notified by the Ohio Higher Education Department of your eligibility for a state grant.
    • Our schools will also receive notification of your eligibility.
    • You will be notified when OCOG funds have paid to your account.
  3. Federal Pell Grant
    • If you have applied for a Federal Pell Grant, you will receive notification of eligibility via Student Aid Report (SAR). Read this carefully as it contains important instructions.
    • The Federal Government does not notify you of the amount of your grant. The Financial Aid Professional at the school calculates the award based on your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) and enrollment level.
    • You will receive written notification from the Financial Aid Office as to the pro-rated amounts and the dates of disbursement. You will also be notified when Federal Pell Grant funds have paid to your account.
    • Transfer of credit may result in a reduction of your grant award.
    • Federal Pell Grant awards are credited to your account and unused funds will be refunded to the student via check within 14 days of the credit balance occurring.

Federal Direct Loans

  1. Funding eligibility for the Federal Direct Student Loan Program
    NOTE: Your credits earned at the time of eligibility will determine your grade level. Previous borrowing history will be taken into consideration when determining eligibility.
  2. You must be enrolled at least half time to be eligible for a loan.
  3. You must have a valid Master Promissory Note and a completed undergraduate Entrance Counseling to be eligible for a Federal Direct Loan.
  4. A parent must have a valid Master Promissory Note and a completed PLUS Entrance Counseling to be eligible for a Federal Direct PLUS Loan.
  5. For support on any of the aforementioned items above, please contact Student Loan Support at 1-800-557-7394. They can assist in troubleshooting most issues.
  6. Loan monies are credited to your account and unused funds will be refunded to the student or parent via check within 14 days of the credit balance occurring.
  7. Under no circumstances will it be possible for a student to receive a refund check the same day the credit was created.
  8. Students have the right to request Federal funds to be returned to the Federal Government. Written authorization forms can be found in the Financial Aid Office.

Credit Balances

  1. Students can request to have their credit balance held by the school to be used for upcoming charges and prior charges that fall within the same Academic Year. Written authorization forms are available in the Financial Aid Office.
  2. Students can request to have their credit balance sent back to the Federal Government. Written authorizations are available in the Financial Aid Office.
  3. All credit balances created by Federal Direct PLUS Loan disbursements, will be issued to the individual chosen at the time of application.

Financial Aid Balances

It shall be the policy of the UPMC Schools of Nursing to:

  1. Make disbursements of Title IV funds only after the student is officially attending in the program and no earlier than the first day of class.
  2. Disburse Federal Pell Grant, PHEAA Grant, OCOG Grant and other applicable State or County funds at the beginning of each payment period unless otherwise dictated by the agency.
  3. Withhold payments for students who do not demonstrate satisfactory academic progress.
  4. Refund Title IV funds to Title IV accounts and/or to the student according to Federal Regulation.
  5. Title IV funds cannot be paid after an academic year has ended or if a student is no longer enrolled in the program.

Financial Responsibilities

  1. The student Ledger Card is available to students on the UPMC Schools of Nursing Student Portal which outlines all charges, payments and balances due by term.
  2. Tuition payment is due on or before the midterm point of the current semester. If payment is not received at this time the student's account will be considered past due. Students are encouraged to pay online through the RN Student Portal. Automated re-occurring payment plans can be arranged with your Financial Aid Professional.
  3. Payroll deduction is available for full time or part time UPMC Employees and dependents of full time or part time UPMC Employees.
  4. Payments in cash will not be accepted.
  5. Students who wish to audit a course must pay 50% of the course being audited. This amount is added to any tuition due to the term. Financial Aid cannot be utilized to cover the cost of a course audit.
  6. Students who fail to meet financial responsibilities as outlined in the UPMC Schools of Nursing Collection on Student Account Balances Policy are subject to withdrawal or termination.
  7. For students that are eligible for Veterans Benefits, this institution will not impose any penalty, including the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities, or the requirement that a covered individual borrow additional funds, on any covered individual because of the individual’s inability to meet his or her financial obligations to the institution due to the delayed disbursement funding from VA chapter 31, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, or chapter 33, Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits.
  8. All financial responsibilities must be met in order for a student to qualify for graduation.

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