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Steps to Apply for Financial Aid

If you wish to receive Financial Aid, here are the steps you need to complete:

  1. FEDERAL STUDENT AID PIN
    Many of the applications below require you to obtain a Personal Identification Number. If you already have a Federal Student Aid PIN, please use it when completing the FAFSA, MPN, & Entrance Counseling. If you do not have a PIN, please go here to obtain your PIN.

  2. FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA)
    This application is sent directly to the Federal Processor. After processing, a Student Aid Report (SAR) is sent to the student, and an Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) is electronically sent to the Financial Aid Office, provided our Title IV school code (006389) is listed on the FAFSA. We advise you to complete your FAFSA by April 1st to be eligible for the most financial aid.

    If you are attending May 12, 2014 - April 24, 2015 please complete the 2014-2015 FAFSA.
    If you are attending May 11, 2015 - April 22, 2016, please complete the 2015-2016 FAFSA.


    There are two ways to complete the FAFSA:
    1. Via the Internet at www.fafsa.gov
    2. Directly through the Financial Aid Office by appointment

      Please click here for a link that describes the Data Retrieval Tool Process on the FAFSA

      (The IRS Data Retrieval Tool allows students and parents to access the IRS tax return information needed to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and transfer the data directly into their FAFSA from the IRS Web site).

  3. INSTITUTIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS
    GSON will use a variety of data to award Institutional Scholarships. This data includes information from your Admissions Application, transfer data from your transcript, and FAFSA data. Only new students will be considered.

    **All Scholarships for Spring 2015 have been awarded. If you have not received a letter stating you were awarded a scholarship, unfortunately we were unable to award you a scholarship.

    Please note: There is no formal application. Summer 2015 student information will be reviewed and awards will be made prior to the start of the Summer term. If you would like to be considered for maximum eligibility, please complete the 2015-2016 FAFSA.

  4. EXTERNAL SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
    For current students, log into GUS Connect, under the Student Life tab, scroll down to Scholarships & Financial Aid at the bottom and click on "Outside Scholarships" to view the scholarship applications for the year.

    For students that haven't started the program yet, but have been admitted to The College, please visit the External Scholarships Website. Once there, you'll need to contact the Financial Aid Office to obtain the username and password for access to external scholarship information.

  5. FEDERAL STAFFORD LOANS
    After completing the FAFSA, and in order to receive a Federal Stafford Loan, you must sign a Master Promissory Note, and complete Entrance Counseling.

    Educational loans, repayment begins six months after separation from the school. There are two types of Stafford Loans:
    1. Subsidized: Need-based; government pays the interest while in school, during six month grace period, and future deferment periods

      Please click here for important information regarding changes to Subsidized Stafford Loans After July 1, 2013

    2. Unsubsidized: Non need-based; loan gains interest after first disbursement is sent to school; borrower may choose to pay interest monthly or defer the interest into the principle of the loan.

      Undergraduate student loan limits (RN to BSN, BSN Upper Division, BSN Accelerated)

      DEPENDENT STUDENT

      INDEPENDENT STUDENT OR DEPENDENT STUDENT WHOSE PARENT IS INELIGIBLE FOR PLUS

      Third- and Subsequent-Years Undergraduates

      Base Stafford Loan eligibility
      (subsidized and unsubsidized)
      $5,500 $5,500
      Additional unsubsidized Stafford loan eligibility $2,000 $7,000
      Maximum Third- and Subsequent-Years Total $7,500 $12,500

      Graduate student loan limits (MSN, CRNA, DNP/PhD)

      DEPENDENT STUDENT

      INDEPENDENT STUDENT OR DEPENDENT STUDENT WHOSE PARENT IS INELIGIBLE FOR PLUS

      Graduate and Professional Students

      Unsubsidized Stafford loan eligibility N/A $20,500
      Maximum Graduate/Professional Total N/A $20,500

      *You will be required to complete Exit counseling once you complete your program, withdraw, or drop below half time attendance.
      **For graduate students whose loan period is on or after July 1, 2012, you are no longer eligible for a Subsidized Direct Stafford Loan. Graduate students are still eligible to borrow the full annual limit of $20,500, you would only be eligible for a Direct Unsubsidized Stafford loan.

  6. GRADUATE PLUS LOANS (For MSN, CRNA, or DNP/PhD students only)
    If you are wanting to apply for a loan for the Summer 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015 term(s), please go to www.studentloans.gov where you can apply for a Graduate PLUS loan, and click aid year 2014-2015. If you are wanting to apply for a loan for the Summer 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2015 term(s), please go to www.studentloans.gov where you can apply for a Graduate PLUS loan, and click aid year 2015-2016. Once you log in, please click "Request a Direct PLUS loan". Then click on the loan type (Grad PLUS). Please proceed with the application. As long as the application lists our school, we will receive the results, and process the application from there.

    If you have any questions regarding this new process, please contact our office.

    *You will be required to complete Exit counseling once you complete your program, withdraw, or drop below half time attendance.

  7. PARENT PLUS LOANS (For dependent students, that need additional funding)
    If you are wanting to apply for a loan for the Summer 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015 term(s), please go to www.studentloans.gov where you can apply for a Parent PLUS loan, and click aid year 2014-2015. If you are wanting to apply for a loan for the Summer 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2015 term(s), please go to www.studentloans.gov where you can apply for a Parent PLUS loan, and click aid year 2015-2016. Once you log in, please click "Request a Direct PLUS loan". Then click on the loan type (Parent PLUS). Please proceed with the application. As long as the application lists our school, we will receive the results, and process the application from there.

    If you have any questions regarding this new process, please contact our office.

  8. ALTERNATIVE LOANS
    In order to reduce the amount you may need in an alternative loan, please consider grants, scholarships, and loans. Here is Federal grant information: http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/grants.jsp

    School scholarship information is found here.

    If you need funding after grants and scholarships are considered, please consider Direct Loans. More information can be found here: http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/studentloans.jsp

    For Dependent or Graduate students, an alternative to private loans, you could also consider a PLUS loan. More information can be found here: http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/parentloans.jsp

    If, after all these options have been explored, and you still need additional funding, please see information below about alternative loans.

    To Apply: Alternative Loan Options

    Please Note: If approved for an alternative loan, your loan will be divided up equally based on the loan period you've requested when you applied. If you wish to have specific amounts per term i.e. $4000 Summer, $5000 Fall, and $6000 Spring, you must let our office know in writing.

  9. OTHER LOANS
    Interest Free Loan of St. Louis - This organization offers interest free loans to needy students.

    Missouri Health Professional Nursing Student Loan - This loan is offered through the state of Missouri, with the main advantage if awarded is it's able to be forgiven if you work in any hospital in Missouri (or other rural or under-served area). Otherwise it charges interest at 9.5%.

If you have any questions about any of these processes please call our office at 314.454.8489.

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