Below are the financial aid application requirements for School of Nursing students at the University of Rochester interested in applying for financial aid for the 2018–19 academic year. Additional items may be requested once a financial aid counselor begins to review your application. Any subsequent requests for information will be emailed directly to your University email address.

It’s important to meet the deadlines listed below and to respond promptly to all additional requests for information. Check your FAOnline account to confirm what is required and what has been received.

Contact our office with questions.


Application Requirements


Deadline What We Need
March 15,
12:00 am ET
All students applying for federal assistance must submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Our school code is 002894. The FAFSA is used to help determine your eligibility for all federal aid programs. The FASFA for the 2018–2019 academic year will be available on October 1, 2017.

The FAFSA for the 2017-18 academic year can be submitted until June 30, 2018. That FAFSA will allow students to apply for aid for the Fall 2017, Spring 2018, and Summer 2018 terms.


Types of Aid

Tuition scholarships are granted by the School of Nursing. For the undergraduate nursing programs, these amounts are awarded at a set rate, and for graduate programs, the scholarships typically cover a specific percentage of tuition costs. Both are based on merit. Domestic and international students are eligible for these awards.

Employer tuition benefits may be available to you. Contact your employer’s benefits office for details. You are required to notify your financial aid counselor of any expected tuition benefits.

The strength of the candidates who attend the University often makes our students excellent candidates for outside scholarships. Be sure to look to family employers, local foundations, clubs, and community agencies for scholarship opportunities. Students are required to notify our office of any outside scholarships that will be received during the academic year.

To be eligible for federal student loans, you must be:

  • A U.S. citizen or permanent residents.
  • Matriculated.
  • Enrolled at least half time (6 credit hours per term) in a degree-granting program.

Please note: Audited courses do not count in determining enrollment status.

It is important to pay attention to the academic year dates when applying for federal loans. For financial aid purposes, an academic year starts in the fall semester/quarter and extends through the summer of the following year. Depending on when you will be enrolling in your program, multiple applications may be required.

For example, if you start a program in the summer term, you will need to complete two FAFSAs, as your enrollment will cross two academic years. You’ll need to complete one FAFSA for the summer term, the end of one academic year, and one FAFSA for the fall term, the beginning of a new academic year. Fall 2018 is the start of the 2018–2019 academic year.

Review additional information on the Federal Direct Loan options, including interest rates, fees, and borrowing limits on the Loans page.

Parents of students enrolled in the Advanced Program for Non-Nurses can borrow a PLUS Loan to help pay for their student’s education expenses as long as the student:

  • have already applied for their annual federal Direct Student Loans
  • are matriculated in a bachelor’s program; certificate programs are excluded
  • are enrolled at least half time (at least 6 credit hours per term)
  • is still considered a dependent

It is important to pay attention to the academic year dates when applying for federal loans. For financial aid purposes, an academic year starts in the fall semester/quarter and extends through the summer of the following year. Depending on when you will be enrolling in your program, multiple applications may be required.

For example, if you start a program in the summer term, two Parent PLUS loan applications will need to be completed as your enrollment will cross two academic years. Your parent will need to complete one application for the summer term, the end of one academic year, and one application for the fall term, the beginning of a new academic year. Fall 2018 is the start of the 2018–2019 academic year.

Review additional information on the Parent PLUS loan option, including interest rates, fees, and borrowing limits on the Loans page.

Graduate students can borrow a PLUS Loan to help pay for their education expenses as long as they:

  • have already applied for their annual federal Direct Student Loans
  • are matriculated in a master’s or PhD program; certificate programs are excluded
  • are enrolled at least half time (at least 6 credit hours per term)

It is important to pay attention to the academic year dates when applying for federal loans. For financial aid purposes, an academic year starts in the fall semester/quarter and extends through the summer of the following year. Depending on when you will be enrolling in your program, multiple applications may be required.

For example, if you start a program in the summer term, two Graduate PLUS loan applications will need to be completed as your enrollment will cross two academic years. You will need to complete one application for the summer term, the end of one academic year, and one application for the fall term, the beginning of a new academic year. Fall 2018 is the start of the 2018–2019 academic year.

Review additional information on the Graduate PLUS loan option, including interest rates, fees, and borrowing limits on the Loans page.

State educational loans:

  • Are available to both undergraduate and graduate students (and possibly to parents and relatives), as long as the student is matriculated and enrolled at least half time in a degree program.
  • Are credit-based and offer interest rates and terms that may be competitive with PLUS loans and alternative loans.
  • May have both fixed and variable interest rates available, depending on the state.

Review additional information on the State Educational Loan options on the Loans page.

These educational loans are offered by banks and educational lenders as a supplement to (not a replacement for) federal student loans. Alternative loans may also be referred to as private educational or supplemental loans, as they are not affiliated with federal or state loan programs.

International students will most likely need to secure a private/alternative loan with a US cosigner. If you do not have a US cosigner, please try to obtain a loan through a bank in your native country, especially if they offer students loans in the United States.

Please note: The following types of students should speak to a financial aid counselor first before pursuing alternative loans:

  • Non-matriculated
  • Students seeking to pay past-due balances
  • Students not meeting satisfactory academic progress
  • Students denied on previous alternative loan applications due to poor credit

Review additional information on the Alternative Educational Loan option on the Loans page.