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This page serves to provide additional information regarding student financial aid policies, rights and responsibiilties, and applying for financial aid.

Policies on Payment of Tuition, Fees and Refunds

Application And Registration Fee

A nonrefundable application and processing fee of $50.00 is required of all applicants.  Upon acceptance to BHSN, a nonrefundable registration fee of $350.00 must be made payable by the date indicated on the acceptance letter.  Failure to do so within the specified time may result in cancellation of acceptance.  Upon receipt of the registration fee, an entrance interview is scheduled with the Coordinator of Student Services.

 Semester Bill

Students are billed three times a year, prior to the start of each semester and summer session.  Bills are sent via email to the addresses provided. Students who fail to meet their financial obligations before the beginning of classes, will not be allowed to attend class and/or clinical.  Any tuition payment not received by the due date may be subject to a late fee.

 Registration And Payment

Tuition and fees are payable by mail or in person.  Payment must be by check or money order (payable to Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital School of Nursing) or by MasterCard or VISA.  All charges are subject to change.

 The Operations Administrator conducts registration and provides registration information to all students prior to each semester.  Students registering for classes must be in good financial standing.  Any prior balance must be cleared before a student will be allowed to register.  Release of grades, academic transcript and diploma will be denied if all financial obligations are not met.  A $25.00 fee will be charged for any check that does not clear for payment.

Students are required to pay their bills in full in order to continue at Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital School of Nursing.  Students awarded aid after courses begin may be reimbursed for tuition they have already paid.  Any changes in course enrollments or credit status may affect financial aid eligibility and/or loan repayment schedules.  Financial aid recipients should inform the Financial Aid Director of any course changes.  If there is a balance due as a result of such an adjustment, the student is responsible for this amount and will be given a deadline by which full payment must be made.

Students who fail to make arrangements to pay their bill before the beginning of classes will not be allowed to attend class and/or clinical.  Students who have not attended to their financial obligations will receive written notification from the Registrar to refrain from attending any course offering.

 Withdrawal Policy

The BHSN withdrawal policy applies to all full and part-time students enrolled in classes at BHSN.  This policy applies to all tuition, fees, and other assessed charges (except application and registration fees when applicable).  There will be no refunds after the tenth week of classes.  The date and time that the withdrawal notice is received will be the official date and time of withdrawal.

 All withdrawals from BHSN must be communicated, by the student, in writing, to the Operations Administrator.

Week

 1

% of Charges to be reversed Upon Student Withdrawal from BHSN*

Fall & Spring                   Summer          100%                                  100%

2

90%                                    50%

3

80%                                    25%

4

75%                                     0%

5

70%

6

65%

7

60%

8

50%

9

45%

10

40%

11-16

0%

       * Prior to the first day of school, a student receives a refund of 100%.

Class Drop Policy

The Class Drop Policy applies to all full and part-time students enrolled in classes at BHSN.  This policy applies to tuition charges only.  Prior to the first day of school, a student receives a refund of 100%.  There will be no refunds for classes dropped after the second week. The date and time that the withdrawal notice is received will be the official date and time of withdrawal.

All class drops from BHSN must be communicated, by the student, in writing, to the Operations Administrator.
                                                             

                                                             Classes Begin            Drop Deadline
Fall and Spring Semesters
2 weeks                                               August 20                   September 1
2 weeks                                               January 3                     January 14

Summer Term
1 week                                                 May 15                        May 22

Note: The Withdrawal Policy refers to a student who has ceased taking any classes at BHSN.  The Class Drop Policy refers to a student who has stopped taking one class of two or more classes.  If a student is only enrolled in one class and drops that class, the withdrawal policy is applied.

Student Financial Aid Rights and Responsibilities

Students have the right to:

  • Know what financial aid programs are available at BHSN;
  • Know the deadline dates for submitting applications for financial aid;
  • Know how the financial aid will be distributed, how decisions on distribution are made and the basis for these decisions;
  • Know how financial need is determined;
  • Know what resources were considered in the calculation of need;
  • Know how much of the determined need has been met;
  • Know the school’s refund policy;
  • Know how the school determines satisfactory academic progress and the school’s policy on failures relative to academic progress;
  • Have their financial aid records held in a confidential manner, to have this information released only on their written consent, and to have their right to privacy protected by school policies and procedures;
  • Receive student consumer information;
  • Appeal to the Financial Aid Director if they are dissatisfied with their award; and
  • Utilize the school’s grievance procedure if they believe that policy or procedure has been violated in their regard.

Students have the responsibility to:

  • Meet the eligibility requirements for financial aid;
  • Complete all application forms required and submit them on time to the proper office;
  • Provide correct and accurate information on all financial aid forms;
  • Provide all requested information to the Financial Aid Director;
  • Read and understand all forms before signing them and keep a copy of each one;
  • Accept responsibility for all personally signed agreements;
  • Be aware of and comply with the school’s refund policy;
  • Inform the Financial Aid Office of any change in name, address, enrollment status, financial circumstances, marital status or course study;
  • Have an entrance and exit interview with the Financial Aid Director if they receive a Federal Stafford Loan; and
  • Sign a document indicating that they have received loan counseling prior to negotiating a loan check from the Stafford Student Loans.

Dependent/ Independent Student Status

The terms “dependent student” and “independent student” as used for financial aid purposes have different meanings than when they are used for tax purposes.  The criteria for determining the status of a student are set by the U.S. Department of Education.  ALL STUDENTS ARE DEPENDENT UNLESS ONE OF THE FOLLOWING EIGHT CONDITIONS APPLY:

  • The student was born before January 1, 1989.
  • The student is an orphan or a ward of the court or both parents deceased.
  • The student is a veteran of the U.S. Armed Services.
  • The student is married.
  • The student has children.
  • The student has other legal dependents other than a spouse.
  • The student is working on a master’s or doctorate program.
  • The student is currently serving on active duty.
  • The student is or was an emancipated minor.
  • The student is or was in legal guardianship.
  • The student was determined homeless by the high school district.
  • The student was determined homeless by the director of a shelter.
  • The student was determined an unaccompanied youth.

If a student meets at least one of the above criteria, the student is considered “independent” for financial aid purposes and does not need to report parental information.  If married, spousal information must be reported.  If a student does not meet any of the above criteria, then that student would be considered “dependent” for financial aid purposes and parental data is required.

 Please note: The award year is the academic year in which financial aid will be used. The 2012-13 year is from August 2012 May 2013.   This is different from the calendar year, which is from January – December.

Application For Financial Aid/ Required Documentation

All students who wish to participate in federal and state-based financial aid programs must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or FAFSA on the Web for the current award year. FAFSA worksheets may be picked up at the Financial Aid Office at BHSN.  Renewal FAFSAs are mailed by the Department of Education to students who file a FAFSA in the previous award year. State Scholarship Programs use the FAFSA as the source of information in awarding grants and scholarships.

Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital School of Nursing recommends that students seeking financial aid complete and file the following applications:

  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or FAFSA on the Web and
  • BHSN Application for Financial Aid.

Since filing the FAFSA is required in order to apply for all forms of financial aid, it is important that the forms be read carefully and completed correctly.  It is recommended that the FAFSA be filed after the completion of federal tax forms but prior to the published deadlines for submission.  Errors on the FAFSA can delay or even disqualify a student from receiving financial aid.

Both of the above documents (FAFSA and BHSN Financial Aid Application) are available at the beginning of the spring semester, in January.

Deadlines:  Priority consideration for institutional funds is given to students who fully complete the FAFSA and BHSN Application by May 1st.

Verification

Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital School of Nursing verifies the federally required amount, 30%, of its applicants for financial aid before disbursement of funds in order to insure that there is no conflicting information and that all data reported is accurate.

Required documents are:

  • Signed copy of the student’s (and spouse’s or parent(s)’ if applicable) 2011Federal Tax Return and W-2’s.
  • Federal Verification Worksheet; and
  • Other documents as requested by the Financial Aid Director.

The Financial Aid Director will notify applicants of financial aid of any documentation needed. No determination of aid will be made until all required documentation has been provided.

Note: Please do not submit State Tax Returns as they are not necessary and will be destroyed.