Financial Aid Policies
Students are expected to attend all classes for which they registered, beginning with and including the first class session. Not only must students be registered for a class, they must be in active attendance to count as "enrolled" for aid eligibility purposes. Students not regularly attending class may be withdrawn from their courses.
The first step in receiving federal student aid is to complete the FAFSA. Once the FAFSA is completed, the College will review the financial information. If you have been selected for verification, additional documents will be required. Students selected for verification must complete this process before aid can be determined.
Based on federal regulations, the College will review the student's file and award aid accordingly. The award letter is an estimate of aid. Changes in enrollment, receiving other aid, or other adjustments to FAFSA information may change projected awards at any time.
Federal Pell Grant
An estimated award amount is displayed on the student's FAFSA. This award amount assumes full-time enrollment for both the fall and spring semesters. If a student is enrolled less than full time, the award will be prorated. The Federal Pell Grant is awarded based on the student's Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Students are limited to the equivalent of six years of full-time enrollment for this grant.
Federal Direct Loans
Students must be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours per semester to be eligible for student loans. Funds are awarded based on a student's dependency status as well as the year in their program. Students may be eligible for subsidized, unsubsidized, or a combination of the two loans. Dependent students cannot receive more than $31,000 in loan funds and independent students cannot receive more than $57,500 in loan funds for the entire length of program.
Access Missouri Financial Assistance Grant
Eligible students will receive this grant based on EFC and FAFSA date. Award amounts are determined annually by the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development. Students must be full time each semester the grant is awarded.
Students selected for verification will be notified no later than April 1 for the next academic year. Award letters will be sent no later than May 1 (provided all requested documentation has been received in a timely manner). Once an award letter is ready, students will be notified through their school email account. Students will need to accept/decline aid as needed in Sonis.
Once an award letter is ready, students will be notified through their school email account. Students will need to accept/decline aid as needed in both SONIS and by returning the paper award letter. Various awards may have other requirements that may need to be completed prior to a student receiving aid.
Paying Aid to Student Account
Financial aid is typically paid to a student's account the second week of the full semester classes. Students who have a credit balance will receive a refund approximately two weeks after the financial aid has posted to the student account.
Students who have previously earned a bachelor's degree will not be eligible to receive the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Work Study, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant or the Access Missouri Financial Assistance Grant.
Federal regulations allow a student to receive financial aid from federal sources (Title IV aid) for only one repeat of a previously passed course. Therefore, financial aid eligibility will be reviewed if a student is repeating for the third time a course for which the student previously earned a passing grade. Depending on the results of that review, financial aid award amounts may require adjustment (e.g., if discounting the repeated course results in a change from full time enrollment). Passing grades for financial aid purposes are grades of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, or P. Students repeating failed coursework may receive aid for multiple attempts. Exceptions cannot be made for circumstances in which a student has not attained a required grade upon their second attempt for a given class or in order to meet grade point average requirements for graduation (e.g., prerequisite requirements or for courses that require a C grade or better).
The Financial Aid Office, in accordance with federal regulations, will perform a Return of Title IV Funds (R2T4) on any Title IV recipient who withdraws from the College during a payment period in which the student began attendance. Aid will be calculated based on the number of days of the term completed by the student divided by the total number of days in the term. As a result of this calculation, students may be responsible to repay aid already received. Students will be notified within 45 days. Check out the full Return of Title IV Funds (R2T4) Policy.
Read more about the refund process for Southeast Health College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
The College of Nursing & Health Sciences reviews the academic progress of students who apply for and/or receive financial assistance as required by federal regulations. Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) comprises three areas: minimum GPA, minimum pace of progression through an educational program, and maximum time frame for completion of an educational program. Students not making progress towards their degree risk loosing financial aid eligibility.
Students no longer interested in attending the College should discuss the withdrawal process with their program director. Students who find it necessary to withdraw from the program (that is, from all classes) must complete a Program Withdrawal Form indicating the intent to withdraw; that form is provided to the Registrar, who notifies the Financial Aid Office of the withdrawal. The student is also encouraged to discuss the implications of withdrawal with both the Billing Office and the Financial Aid Office.