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Financial Aid Information

Welcome to the Firelands Regional Medical Center School of Nursing Financial Aid information page.

School code: 003114

CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Report

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Cares Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Report 

This report provides information regarding Firelands Regional Medical Center’s receipt and use of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund to provide emergency grants to Firelands Regional Medical Center School of Nursing students.  The following is provided in accordance with the U.S. Department of Education reporting requirements. 

  • Firelands Regional Medical Center submitted the signed certification and agreement form for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to the U.S. Department of Education. 
  • Firelands Regional Medical Center received $71,385 from HEERF to be awarded in student emergency grants.  The school certifies that no less than 50 percent of the funds received will be used to provide emergency grants to students.
  • The School of Nursing estimates that 77 students are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and are therefore eligible to receive an emergency financial aid grant.
  • On May 1, 2020, all School of Nursing students enrolled for the 2020 spring semester were emailed application instructions for emergency grant funding.  A reminder email with the application information was sent to students on May 7, 2020. 
  • Submitted applications were reviewed by the school’s Financial Committee on May 18, 2020.  The committee determined that student who are Pell Grant eligible would receive $1,000 and other eligible students would receive $750.
  • As of May 22, 2020, a total of $37,750 in HEERF funds have been paid to 43 School of Nursing students.
  • Click the e-mail link to view the message to students and the FAQs link for additional information. 

Frequently Asked Questions

 What expenses are to be considered?

  •   Food, housing, course materials, health care, childcare, technology and transportation directly related to COVID-19. 

 What are the eligibility requirements for students to complete an application?

  • Must have been enrolled in the Spring 2020 semester
  • Must have completed a 2019-2020 FAFSA even if you didn’t receive student financial aid
    • If you did not file a 2019-2020 FAFSA you are encouraged to do so.  Please contact me if you have any questions or would like some help.

 Who is NOT eligible to receive funds from the CARES Act?

  • Students who are currently defaulted on their student loans
  • Students that do not have a FAFSA on file in the Financial Aid Office
  • Students who did not complete verification on their 2019-2020 FAFSA

 How soon will I find out if I will be receiving any money?

  • We are anticipating a large number of applications, please allow a couple weeks for your application to be reviewed by the committee.  Once your application is considered, you will be notified through Edvance360 e-mail.  Please note:  the completion of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Application is not a guarantee of funding.

 If my application is approved, how will I receive the money?

  • The grant will be deposited into your bank account on file through the Financial Aid Office.  If you have not filled out a Direct Deposit form, FRMCSN will issue you a check which will be mailed to the current address on file. 

What if I was approved to receive an emergency grant but I owe a balance to FRMCSN?

  • FRMCSN is required to forward the emergency grant funds to you regardless of any balance due to the school.  However, you are welcome to make payment towards any outstanding balance on your account once the funds are deposited.  

Is the Federal Emergency Grant under the CARES Act taxable?  Will my Emergency Grant appear on my 2020 1098-T?

  • At this time, we have not received information on whether or not it will be taxable or the impact this emergency grant will have on 2020 1098-T’s.  Once we receive further guidance, we will forward that information to you.

Message to Students

Firelands Regional Medical Center School of Nursing has received federal funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  Funds available through this bill will help provide financial support to students who had academic-related expenses directly attributable to COVID-19.

The CARES Act includes specific guidelines as to how these funds can be distributed.  Please read the attached FAQ’s to determine your eligibility for this federal emergency grant, as well as the process the School of Nursing is required to take to provide funds to students in a timely manner.

 How to apply:

  1. Complete the CARES Act Emergency Grant Fund Application (see attachment).
  2. E-mail the application to Barbara Reitz through Edvance360 or directly at Reitzba@firelands.com

Application Deadline:  Friday, May 8, 2020

 By applying, you acknowledge that the information you provide is accurate and understand that a committee will review it to determine eligibility for the emergency funding.  You agree to use any grant funds that are awarded to you for expenses you have occurred related to COVID-19.

Second & Third Year Students

Your financial aid will be processed and disbursed by the Firelands Regional Medical Center School of Nursing financial aid office. Each January, the financial aid office will distribute financial aid packets to all second-year students. These packets will include application information and the forms necessary to apply for financial aid at our school. Application information will also be available from the display area opposite the financial aid office each January for all currently enrolled students.

Applying for Financial Aid

Applying for Financial Aid is can be done in just three easy steps!

1. Create your FSA ID and Password (and for a parent if you are a dependent)

  • If you do not already have an FSA ID, select the Create a FSA ID tab on the FSA ID log-in page.
  • Enter Login Information: Provide a unique username, password and a response to “Are you 13 years of age or older?” Keep a note of your username and password so you can reference it when you need to use it in the future.
  • Enter Personal Information: You will need to provide your Social Security number, name, date of birth, e-mail address and language preference. You will also have to provide answers to 5 security questions for extra security. Keep a note of your answers for use in the future.
  • Submit your FSA ID Application: You will need to agree not to share your FSA ID with anyone. The security of your FSA ID is important because it can be used to electronically sign Federal Student Aid documents, access your personal records, and make binding legal obligations.

Once FSA completes verification with the Social Security Administration (1-3 days), you will be able to use your FSA ID to access your personal Information on Federal Student Aid Websites including FAFSA.

2. Complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid

  • Fill out the FAFSA
    Before we can determine your eligibility for federal, state and some types of private financial aid, you must fill out and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  • FRMC School of Nursing’s FAFSA school code is 003114

  • We recommend you file your FAFSA prior to March 1.

3. Submit our institutional financial aid application

  • All financial aid applicants must complete this form.
  • The recommended submission date is March 1, but we will accept the form at a later date.
  • This application is included in the financial aid application packet, or you can download a copy of the financial aid application.

Loan Applications

You have been directed to this section by the financial aid office to complete your loan application or loan counseling. To get started, select the appropriate link below.

Students

  • Direct Stafford Loan Application: If you do not have an active Direct Stafford Master Promissory Note (MPN), you will be required to complete an online MPN before we can disburse any funds from this program. The financial aid specialist will notify you if you need to complete the online promissory note and will include instructions. Your online award package will indicate the amount you are eligible to borrow from this program each year.
  • Direct Stafford Loan Entrance Counseling: If this is the first time you have applied for a Direct Stafford Loan, you will be required to complete online loan entrance counseling before you can receive your first disbursement. During the session you will review your student loan rights and responsibilities. The financial aid specialist will notify you if you need to complete this counseling and will give you printed instructions.
  • Direct Stafford Loan Exit Counseling: All Direct Stafford Loan recipients must complete online exit counseling prior to graduation, upon withdrawal or if their enrollment drops to less than half-time (less than 6 semester hours). The financial aid specialist will notify you when you need to complete this counseling and give you written instructions on how to begin the process. If you received other student loans during your enrollment at Firelands Regional Medical Center School of Nursing, you will also be required to schedule a meeting with the financial aid specialist to complete additional loan exit requirements, discuss any questions you may have about the loans and sign your repayment schedules.
  • Private Loan Application: Once all your financial aid options have been exhausted and you find you still need additional funds, you may wish to consider applying for a private student loan. Please take note that interest rates on these loans are variable and are based on your credit rating. Additional fees may also be charged. A co-signer may help to keep the rates lower. You can research and select a lender on your own, or you can click on the "Private Loan Application" link above to review a list of lenders our students have used in the past.

Parents

  • Direct Parent Loan (PLUS) Application: Direct Parent PLUS loans enable parents with good credit histories to borrow funds for dependent students enrolled at least half-time. Parents can borrow up to the student's cost of education less any financial aid received. The financial aid office can provide you with the cost information you need to determine how much to borrow for the year. Click on the "Direct PLUS Loan" link above to begin the application process and electronically sign a promissory note.

What's New?

Find out what's new regarding financial aid at the Firelands School of Nursing.

2020-2021 FAFSA Available Online NOW

The 2020-2021 FAFSA is available. You will be able to use 2018 tax information to complete the FAFSA for 2020-2021. The Department of Education and FRMCSN encourage the use of the IRS data retrieval process within the FAFSA website. Since the 2020 summer semester is part of the 2020-2021 award year, the priority deadline to receive your processed FAFSA is March 1st so your financial aid will be available in May at the start of the semester. You will be notified by the Financial Aid Office regarding any additional information or forms that will be required to complete the FAFSA process.

Note: You must complete the FAFSA each year to continue to receive any federal student aid funds. This includes grants as well as student loans. Our school code is 003114.

2020-2021 Scholarship Applications Available Now

Scholarship Applications for the 2020-2021 academic year are now available for the scholarship programs listed below. These scholarship will be awarded in August, 2020. Applications are available from the wall displays outside the offices of Mary Daniel and Barbara Reitz or from the Financial Aid Office. All applications are due May 1, 2020.
  • American Legion 40 et 8 Nursing Scholarship
    • All currently enrolled students are eligible to apply.  You do not have to be a veteran or related to a veteran to apply.  
  • Kim Scholarship
    • Preference is given to students who plan to pursue a BSN.  
  • VFW Scholarship 
    • Preference is given to Veterans and/or children of Veterans that residents in Erie County.  
  • Winifred Hallier-Wages Memorial Scholarship
    • Only married students are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Preference is given to LPN’s and STNA’s.

Applications to Recalculate Financial Aid Eligibility Available

If your family has experienced a decrease in income in 2019, you may wish to contact the Financial Aid Office to see if you would benefit from a recalculation of your financial aid eligibility. Applications are available from the Financial Aid Office.

NEALP Loan

The Nurse Education Assistance Loan Program (NEALP) is funded by the State of Ohio. Students who qualify can receive loans up to $1,620 (2019) that can be cancelled if the student works full-time as a registered nurse in Ohio. An online application and program information is available. You must complete the FAFSA before you can submit the NEALP application. The NEALP application period runs from January 1st to July 15th.

Our school code is 003114.

For more information on the NEALP Loan, visit the Ohio Department of Higher Educations website.

1098 T Tax Statements will be mailed by January 31, 2019

The 1098-T statement contains information about your enrollment, scholarships and tuition charges for 2018. The Registrar/Bursar will distribute these forms by January 31, 2019. You or your parents can use the information on the 1098 T form to determine if you qualify for the higher education deductions or credits when preparing your 2018 tax return. So, be sure to save this information, or give it to the person who claims you on their tax return (if you don't claim yourself). Learn more about the education tax credits or tax deductions that are available.

Code of Conduct

The Firelands Regional Medical Center School of Nursing financial aid office staff, which includes the financial coordinator and financial aid specialist, is bound to act in compliance with the guidelines as stated in the Firelands Regional Medical Center School of Nursing financial aid office code of conduct and the National Association of Student Financial Aid administrator’s statement of ethical principals and code of conduct for financial aid professionals. This means that you can be assured that the Financial Aid Office staff will act in a professional and ethical manner and in the best interests of the student with regard to all aspects of the financial aid and student loan processes.