Federal Assistance

The College of Nursing is approved by the United States Department of Education to participate in the federal financial aid programs. The following programs are offered at the college:

  • Online Loan Entrance Counseling Instructions

  • Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing (SFMC-CON) requires first time borrowers (at the College of Nursing) to participate in an online student loan entrance counseling session. The College of Nursing computer lab is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is located on the 2nd floor. If you choose not to come on campus, online student entrance counseling may be completed on any computer with Internet access.

    Instructions

    1. Access Website: www.mappingyourfuture.org
    2. Click on “Online Student Loan Counseling”. Click on Direct Loan Entrance.
    3. Select your state - scroll down and choose the state of Illinois. Click continue.
    4. Select your school - scroll down and choose Saint Francis Med Center College of Nursing Peoria, IL. Click continue.
    5. Read the instructions as you scroll down, Click “I Agree” and the counseling session will start.
    6. When the counseling session starts, you will notice text on the top of the screen and questions on the bottom of the screen. You will not be able to move on with the entrance counseling session, until you have answered the questions at the bottom of each page correctly.
    7. Be sure to complete the student information form at the end of the test, SFMC-CON should already be listed in the school section. This is how we receive confirmation that you have met the requirements for entrance counseling. Use comment box for any questions.
    8. Be sure to review the Average Federal Indebtedness chart for SMFC-CON which you should have received with your award letter packet.
    9. If you have any questions, you can send them by e-mail when you are completing the student information form at the end of the counseling session or you may contact Nancy Perryman, Coordinator of Student Finance, and Financial Assistance, at (309) 655-4119.
  • Direct Loan Program

  • Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing participates in the Direct Loan Program for all student/parent Federal Staford and PLUS Loan needs. The lender is the US Department of Education.

    Please visit www.studentloans.gov to learn more about the Direct Loan Program. The Student Finance Office will work with you to avoid any disruption to student loan access. We feel this program will simplify the student loan processes for our new and returning borrowers.

    If you will be borrowing loans for the first time at the College of Nursing, you will be required to complete the following:

    1. A new Master Promissory Note (MPN). Please visit www.studentloans.gov .
    2. Complete online loan entrance counseling which is the federal requirement that explains your rights and responsibilities associated with the Stafford Loan Program (instructions above). Please visit www.mappingyourfuture.org .
    3. The parent of a dependent student whose Parent PLUS loan application is determined to have adverse credit history and/or who has obtained an endorser must complete Parent PLUS Loan counseling offered by the Department of Education prior to receiving the loan.

    If you have questions/concerns, please email the Student Finance Office at confinaid@osfhealthcare.org or contact us at (309) 655-4119 or (309) 624-9932.

  • Federal Pell Grant Award

    • The award is solely based on the student's need.
    • The maximum amount for 2018-2019 will be $6,095.
    • Must file Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered eligible.
  • Student Body Diversity*

  •  For Fall 2017 Undergraduates

     

    Percentage*

    By Gender

    Female

    27%

    Male

    4%

    By Race/Ethnicity

    White, non-Hispanic

    17%

    American Indian

    0%

    Asian or Pacific Islander

    1%

    Two or More 1%

    Black

    3%

    Hispanic

    2%

    By Financial Category

    PELL Grant Recipients

    24%

    *Student Body Diversity data is based upon full-time enrollment at Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing as of the official reporting date in the Fall.

  • Federal Stafford Loan

  • Subsidized

    • Need based loan available to undergraduate students only.
    • Students interest rate is fixed at 5.05% for loans first disbursed or certified between 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2019.
    • The interest is subsidized by the Federal Government while the student is attending school.
    • Repayment of the principal begins six months after the borrower drops below half-time study. The maximum repayment period is up to 10 years.
    • Students may be charged a 1% federal loan origination fee. These fees are deducted prior to disbursement of funds.
    • For subsidized loans disbursed after 7/1/2012-7/1/2014, student is not eligible for interest subsidy during the six-month grace period.
    • A federal aid need analysis form (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) must be filed for eligibility to be determined.
    • Loan funds will be electronically transferred to the student's account.
  • Unsubsidized

    • Not based on financial need available to undergraduate and graduate students.
    • For loans first disbursed or certified between 7/1/2018 – 6/30/2019 the interest rate is as follows
      • 5.05% for Undergraduate students
      • 6.60% Graduate students
    • Students ineligible for (or ineligible for the full amount of) subsidized Federal Stafford Loans have an option to borrow unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans.
    • Repayment of the principal of the loan begins six months after the borrower drops below half-time study. Repayment of the interest begins on the date the first disbursement of the loan is made. The maximum repayment period is up to 10 years.
    • Students may be charged a 1% federal loan origination fee. These fees are deducted prior to disbursement of funds.
    • A federal aid need analysis form (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) must be filed for eligibility to be determined.
    • Loan funds will be electronically transferred to the student's account.
  • Anticipated Pell/Loan Disbursement Dates

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    Fall 2018

    Spring 2019

    Summer 2019

    August 20, 2018

    January 28, 2019

    May 20, 2019

    September 10, 2018

    February 25, 2019

    June 17, 2019

    October 15, 2018

    March 25, 2019

     

    November 19, 2018

    April 22, 2019

     
  • Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)

    • The parent is the borrower for the dependent undergraduate student.
    • The fixed interest rate is 7.6% for loans first disbursed or certified between 7/1/2018 – 6/30/2019.
    • Parents may be charged a 4% federal loan origination fee. These fees are deducted prior to disbursement of funds.
    • Loan proceeds will be electronically transferred to the student's Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing account.
    • Repayment begins within 60 days after the last disbursement of the loan. As a result of new legislation, the Department of Education now offers a deferred repayment to their parent borrowers. The maximum repayment period is up to 10 years.
    • The College of Nursing requests that a federal aid need analysis form (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) be filed in order for eligibility of a Federal PLUS loan to be determined.
  • Grad Plus Loans

    • The graduate student is the borrower for this loan.
    • The fixed interest rate is 7.6% for loans first disbursed or certified between 7/1/2018 – 6/30/2019.
    • Students may be charged a 4% federal loan origination fee. These fees are deducted prior to disbursement of funds.
    • Loan proceeds will be electronically transferred to the student's Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing account.
    • Repayment begins within 60 days after the last disbursement of the loan. The maximum repayment period is up to 10 years.
    • The College of Nursing requests that a federal aid need analysis form (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) be filed in order for eligibility of a Federal PLUS loan to be determined.
  • Exit Counseling

  • The purpose of "Exit Counseling" is to provide you with information about your rights and responsibilities with regard to your federal student loan(s). Whenever you drop below half time status (Undergraduate students 6 hours, Graduate students 4.5 hours) or withdraws from a semester, you must complete an exit interview even if you are planning to re-enroll for a future semester.

    Upon notification of your drop to less than half time status or withdrawal, we will send exit counseling information to your home address. The contents of the packet are as follows:

    • Cover letter - amount/type of student loans borrowed at College of Nursing
    • Student Loan Exit Counseling guide
    • Online Loan Exit Counseling instructions
    • Copies of Loan Originations – for all loans borrowed at Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing
    • Exit Contact Sheet (ombudsman and NSLDS)
    • Don't Risk Losing Your License
    • Loan Consolidation Sheet
    • Estimated Monthly Repayment Options