School of Nursing Financial Aid

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Information Related to Financial Aid

The UPMC Schools of Nursing (SON) 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 Ohio College Opportunity Grant (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:

  1. Federal Pell Grant Program
  2. State Pennsylvania Higher Education Grant (PHEAA)
  3. Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG)
  4. Federal Direct Student Loan Program
    • Federal Direct Subsidized Loan
    • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan
    • Federal Direct PLUS Loan
  5. Veterans Administration Benefits
  6. Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Assistance
  7. Tuition Assistance
  8. Private Grants and Loans

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).  This application can be completed online by visiting

Students may inquire for more information regarding grants or loans through the Financial Aid Office at the School of Nursing.

When completing the 2016-17 FAFSA, please enter the appropriate school code:

Mercy Hospital School of Nursing: 004899
UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing: 006577
St. Margaret School of Nursing: 006551
UPMC Jameson School of Nursing: 008200


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

  1. State PHEAA Grant
    • To qualify for the State PHEAA Grant, you must reside in Pennsylvania.
    • Academic progress will be tested at the time of admission.
    • 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 receive written notification from the Financial Aid Office as to the pro-rated amounts and the dates of disbursement or payment to your account.
  2. Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG)
    • To qualify for the OCOG, you must reside in Ohio.
    • Ohio residents must be enrolled full-time (12 credit hour or more/semester).
  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 Coordinator 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 or application to your account.
    • Transfer of credit may result in a reduction of your grant award.
  4. 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.


  1. Federal Direct Student Loan Program
    • Students must complete an Entrance Counseling specific to the Schools of Nursing campus annually.
    • Student must complete have a valid Master Promissory note on file specific to the Schools of Nursing campus.
    • The maximum amount that may be borrowed is as follows:

Subsidized and Unsubsidized
1st year students (1st level) – $3,500.00 + $2,000.00
2nd year students (2nd level) – $4,500.00 + $2,000.00

Subsidized and Unsubsidized
1st year students (1st level) – $3,500.00 + $6,000.00
2nd year students (2nd level) – $4,500.00 + $6,000.00

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.

Code of Conduct

The UPMC Schools of Nursing have instituted the Financial Aid Code of Conductpolicy that prohibits and prevents any UPMC employee from misusing funding and misguidance of funding applications.

*Student Handbook Reference: Financial Aid Code of Conduct)

Financing Your Education

  • The cost of tuition and fees can be found on the Jameson Cost and Tuition Sheet.
  • 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.
  • Tuition is due on or before the first day of each term. Checks can be given to the Financial Aid office for processing.  Credit card payments can be made at the front desk.
  • Payments in cash are accepted.
  • Students who fail to meet financial responsibilities as outlined in the Collection on Student Account Balances Policy are subject to termination.
  • All financial responsibilities must be met in order for a student to qualify for graduation.

*Student Handbook Reference: Collection on Student Account Balances Policy

*Student Handbook Reference: Tuition and Fees

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Each student receiving Federal Aid must meet the qualitative and quantitative aspects for the UPMC SON SAP Policy.  After SAP reviews are reviewed and approved by the Director, the Financial Aid Coordinator will be immediately notified of those who have failed to meet SAP requirements.

Students who do not meet the SAP standards at the UPMC SON, will be placed on academic probation until SAP requirements have been met.  Students who are not removed from a probationary status after one semester will lose eligibility to Title IV funding.

Students who are not meeting the SAP standards at the UPMC SON will be given the opportunity to appeal for reconsideration in eligibility for FSA funds.

*Student Handbook Reference: Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

Refund Policies


Federal Title IV funds should be returned in the order as specified below:

  1. Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan
  2. Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford Loan
  3. Federal Direct PLUS Loan
  4. Federal Pell Grant

*Student Handbook Reference: Institutional Refund Policy

*Student Handbook Reference: Return to Title IV Policy

Tuition (Click here for cost sheet)

All students taking 12 credits per semester are considered to be full-time at UPMC Jameson School of Nursing.

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