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Certificate Entry into Nursing (CEIN/BS)

Financial Aid Eligibility

Once the information from student’s FAFSA has been received by the Office of Student Financial Aid Services, a Cost of Attendance (COA) by semester is calculated for each student applying for financial aid. The Cost of Attendance  per semester includes not only the program fee which appears on the fee bill but also an allotment for living expenses, books, transportation and other expenses for the semester.

Financial Aid Award Package

The financial aid package calculated for a student will contain a maximum of:

Type of Loan Maximum Amount Per Semester Eligible Students
Federal Direct Stafford Loan (Subsidized of Unsubsidized) $ 2,750 Dependent and Independent Students
Unsubsidized Federal Direct Stafford Loan $ 1,000 Dependent and Independent Students
Additional Unsubsidized Federal Direct Stafford Loan $ 2,500 Independent Students Only

In addition to Federal Direct Stafford Loans, students may wish to consider a Federal Direct PLUS Loan (dependent students only) or a private student loan (alternative loan) as a means to meet their educational expenses. Please refer to the Borrowing for Your Education page for additional information regarding financing options. The student (or parent if borrowing a Federal Direct PLUS Loan) may borrow up to the student’s COA minus the amount awarded in Federal Direct Stafford Loans.

Note: Students must apply for a Federal Direct PLUS Loan or Private Student Loan on a per semester basis (spring, summer, fall).

Students must also take into consideration that the federal government limits the total amount of Federal Stafford Loans that can be borrowed at the undergraduate level. These limits include Federal Stafford Loans borrowed at all institutions, from all programs. No further Federal Stafford Loans will be awarded once a student reaches these limits.

Dependent Students Independent Students
$ 31,000 (max. $ 23,000 subsidized) $ 57,500 (max. $ 23,000 subsidized)

For more information, please see the following document: Certificate Entry Into Nursing Power Point


Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I apply for financial aid for Spring and Summer?

Class of 2017 – In order to be considered for federal loans a student must complete the 2016-2017 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Class of 2018 – In order to be considered for federal loans a student must complete the 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov any time after October 1, 2017.

2. How do I apply for financial aid for the Fall semester?

Class of 2017 – In order to be considered for federal loans a student must complete the 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov any time after October 1, 2016.

Class of 2018 – In order to be considered for federal loans a student must complete the 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov any time after October 1, 2016.

3. When completing the federal FAFSA form, how do I answer what grade level I am considered?

The correct answer is 5th year undergraduate

4. When completing the federal FAFSA form, how do I answer what degree or certificate I will be working on?

The correct answer is 2nd undergraduate bachelor’s degree.

5. What is the school code for the University of Connecticut?

The school code is 001417.

6. When will I be notified of my Spring  financial aid package?

Providing you have an official FAFSA on file you should receive an email award notification towards the middle of November.

7. When will I be notified of my Summer financial aid package?

Providing you have an official FAFSA on file and the Nursing school has registered you for summer classes you should receive an email award notification by the middle of April.

8. When will I be notified of my Fall financial aid package?

Providing you have an official FAFSA on file you should receive an email award notification by the middle of April.

9. If I receive an email indicating I have been selected for verification what forms are required?

The Financial Aid Office will notify you via your UConn email letting you know what customized forms and tax documents are required to complete the verification process.

10. How will the financial aid office communicate with me?

All communication will be made through your UConn email account.

11. If I want to meet with a Financial Aid Counselor do I need to make an appointment?

No, the Office of Student Financial Aid Services is open 12 months a year, Monday through Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm.    No appointments are necessary.  When contacting financial aid, be sure to indicate that you are in the CEIN Program.

12. If this is the first time I am taking out a Federal Stafford Loan will I be required to take additional steps?

Yes, you will need to complete the following two steps at www.studentloans.gov.

  1. Entrance Counseling
  2. Complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN)

13. Am I guaranteed my Federal Stafford Loan eligibility?

No, please take into consideration that the federal government limits the total amount of Stafford loans that can be borrowed at the undergraduate level.

  • For independent students this amount is $57,500 of which no more than $23,000 can be subsidized (interest free while in school).
  • For dependent students the aggregate amount is $31,000 of which no more than $23,000 can be subsidized.

14. Can I take out private alternative loans to cover this program and any living expenses I may have?

  • Yes, student and co-borrower (if applicable) initiate the alternative loan process directly with the lender.  Private loan products vary and terms frequently depend on the credit worthiness of the borrower. In general, borrowers must be U.S. citizens and enrolled at least half-time.
  • Interest rates and repayment terms are unique to the loan product selected.
  • Students may borrow cost of attendance minus any financial aid received. Student and co-signer (if applicable) must complete an alternative loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) directly with the lender.

15.  Can I take out a loan single loan for the entire program?

No, the Office of Student Financial Aid Services is only able to certify a loan for the term in which a student is currently active and or being billed.  Students must apply for loans by semester (spring, summer, fall).

16. Are there any scholarships I can apply for?

Yes.  All scholarships are administered through the School of Nursing.  Please check their website at http://nursing.uconn.edu/program-info/certificate-entry-into-nursing-ceinbs for further information.