How to Apply
General Financial Aid Information
For the Nursing@Simmons and SW@Simmons online programs, we process financial aid on what is called a Borrower-Based Academic Year (BBAY). This means that a financial aid year for the online programs equals two terms.
To be eligible for federal financial aid, you must meet all these requirements:
- You must have been accepted to a degree-seeking program
- You are enrolled at least half-time per semester as defined by the Office of the Registrar, which means taking a minimum of 5 credits per term
- You must not be in default on a Federal Direct Stafford, PLUS, or Perkins Loan or need to pay a federal grant overpayment
- You are a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
- You are within your aggregate limit of Direct Stafford Loan borrowing. The aggregate a graduate student can receive is $138,500 in the Direct Stafford Loan.
As a graduate student, you may qualify for up to $20,500 in the Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan per borrower-based year through the federal government. This amount would be split in half between two terms at $10,250 per term.
Essentially, whether you are on the full-time or part-time track, you should be eligible for at least $10,250 per term.
How to Apply
To apply for federal aid, you must complete the following every two terms:
The FAFSA is completed online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. The school code for Simmons College is 002208.
Bridge Students in Nursing@Simmons (not applicable to SW@Simmons)
Please note that if you are required to take the 2-credit Biology course before starting the Nursing@Simmons program, you will be considered in the Bridge term. For this particular term, because you will be taking 2 credits, you will not meet the half-time enrollment requirement and therefore you will not eligible for federal aid. For Bridge students, financing options include setting up a payment plan (through Sallie Mae Tuition Pay) or alternative loans (i.e. private loans).
If you qualify for educational benefits through the Veterans Affairs Office, visit this section of our website for more information.
The Office of Student Financial Services encourages financial aid applicants to explore all possible sources of assistance. To find out about outside scholarships, visit this useful page of our website:
NOTE: We strongly advise you NOT to pay any scholarship search firm. It is more than likely that if an organization is asking for a payment to help you search for scholarships, they are not providing a legitimate service.
Your Financial Aid Counselor
The first letter of your last name determines your Financial Aid Counselor.
2014-2015 Financial Aid Forms
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