Financial Aid

Aria Health School of Nursing offers a variety of financial-aid programs to assist students in meeting their educational goals.  Financial aid may be offered in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, or employment, and is funded through federal, state, institutional, or private organizations.  Grants and scholarships are considered gift aid and do not need to be repaid.  Loans, which must be repaid, are usually offered at a low interest rate and have an extended repayment period.

Financial-Aid Application Process
Applying for financial aid has never been easier.  Please follow the steps below to apply for financial aid at the Aria Health School of Nursing:


STEP 1:  Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.  Make sure you enter our federal school code (009723) on the FAFSA to ensure that your information is released to the Financial Aid Office at Aria Health School of Nursing.

A Federal PIN is required to electronically sign your FAFSA.  (A parent will also need a PIN if you are considered a dependent student).  Your PIN will serve as your identifier to allow access to personal information in various U.S. Department of Education systems.  You can obtain a PIN online at www.pin.ed.gov.

Note: Students that complete the FAFSA may be randomly selected for a review process called verification.  If you are selected for verification, you will be required to submit a federal tax return transcript from the IRS along with a Verification Worksheet to the Financial Aid Office at Aria Health School of Nursing.  If you are considered a dependent student, your parent(s) will also have to submit a federal tax return transcript from the IRS.  If you are selected for verification, the Financial Aid Office will notify you by mail.  You can request an IRS Tax Return Transcript by calling the IRS at 1-800-906-9946.

STEP 2:  If you are interested in borrowing a Federal Direct Stafford Loan, you must sign the Master Promissory Note (MPN) online at www.StudentLoans.gov. Your Federal PIN is required.  The MPN is a legal document in which you promise to repay your loan(s) and any accrued interest and fees to the U.S. Department of Education.  It also explains the terms and conditions of your loan(s).  Federal Direct Stafford Loans are low-interest loans for students to help pay for the cost of education.

STEP 3:  If you decide to borrow a Federal Direct Stafford Loan, you must also complete an Entrance Counseling session online at www.StudentLoans.gov.  The Entrance Counseling session will provide you important information before your loan is disbursed, and this session is required for all first time Federal Direct Stafford loan borrowers.

Financial-Aid Application Deadline

Students applying for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before May 1st of each academic year.  If you have any questions regarding the financial-aid application process, please contact:

Financial Aid Office
Aria Health School of Nursing 
3 Neshaminy Interplex, Trevose, PA 19053
Phone: (215) 710-3522
Fax:     (215)-710-3541 or (215)-710-3542

Financial-Aid Award Letter
Once you have completed the FAFSA and have been accepted to the Aria Health School of Nursing, the Financial Aid Office will determine your eligibility for financial aid.  We will prepare a personalized financial-aid package for you and mail it to your home address.  If you choose to accept your awards, you must sign a copy of your financial-aid award letter and return it to the Financial Aid Office.


Types of available Financial Aid:

PELL Grant
The U.S. Department of Education uses a standard formula to determine eligibility for Pell Grants.  This formula produces an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number, which will determine if the student is eligible for a Pell Grant.  Pell Grant recipients must be undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's degree, must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen and must have a high school diploma or a GED.  The maximum Pell Grant for the 2014-15 award year is $5,730.

The Pennsylvania State Grant Program provides grants to eligible Pennsylvania residents in need of financial assistance to help them afford the costs of higher education.  PHEAA State Grant eligibility is calculated in accordance with the federal Need Analysis Formula and Pennsylvania State Grant policies.

To be eligible for a PHEAA Grant, you:    
  • must be a Pennsylvania resident for at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the filing date of the FAFSA application (exclusive of any period of time the student spent enrolled in a Pennsylvania postsecondary educational institution.);
  • must be a graduate of an approved high school or have a GED;
  • must meet criteria for financial need;
  • must maintain satisfactory academic progress;
  • must not have previously earned a bachelor's degree or its equivalent;
  • and must not be in default or have a claim of default pending on an educational loan.
Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
The SEOG Grant may be available to Pell eligible undergraduate students with exceptional financial need.  The amount awarded is determined by the student's need and is based on the availability of funds.

Federal Work Study (FWS)
The Federal Work-Study (FWS) program provides part-time jobs for students at Aria Health School of Nursing allowing them to earn money to help pay educational expenses.  The program encourages community service work and work related to the recipient's course of study.  FWS eligibility is based on demonstrated financial need and availability of funds.

Direct Subsidized Loan
Also referred to as Federal Direct Stafford Loan. A loan from the U.S. Department of Education made on the basis of the student's financial need and other specific eligibility requirements.  The Federal Government does not charge interest on these loans while borrowers are enrolled at least half-time, during a six-month grace period, or during authorized periods of deferment.  The interest rate on Subsidized Stafford Loans for Undergraduates is 4.66% effective July 1, 2014.

Direct Unsubsidized Loan
Also referred to as Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. A federally financed student loan made to students meeting specific eligibility requirements.  Interest is charged throughout the life of the loan.  The borrower may choose to pay the interest charged on the loan or allow the interest to be capitalized (added to the loan principal) when the loan enters repayment.  The interest rate on Unsubsidized Stafford Loans for Undergraduates students is presently fixed at 4.66% effective July 1, 2014.

Direct PLUS Loans
PLUS loans are available to credit-worthy parents of dependent students, regardless of financial need, and are borrowed directly through the U.S. Department of Education (no lender/bank required).  Parents can borrow up to the cost of attendance minus other financial aid received.  Repayment begins within 60 days of the last disbursement. PLUS Loans can be deferred upon request for up to four years while the student is enrolled half-time on the undergraduate level.  The interest rate on a Direct PLUS Loan is fixed at 7.21% effective July 1, 2014.

Alternative Loans
Various alternative student loan programs are available to assist students who may need additional financing.  Students may borrow up to the cost of attendance, minus other financial aid received.  Loan approval is generally based on creditworthiness and ability to repay.  If you are interested in borrowing an Alternative Loan, please contact the Financial Aid for a list of various alternative loans lenders.

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the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)


Aria Health School of Nursing
3 Neshaminy Interplex, Trevose, PA 19053