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The purpose of financial aid is to assist students in securing their education.

The School of Nursing offers financial aid information and counseling to all students attending the School via the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid. Most aid is awarded to students on the basis of FINANCIAL NEED. However, some financial assistance is awarded based on scholastic achievement only. The federal government defines financial need as “the difference between the student’s Cost of Attendance (COA) and the student’s calculated Expected Family Contribution (EFC)”.

The cost of attendance for a student is an estimate of that student’s educational expenses for the period of enrollment. A student’s cost of attendance includes tuition, fees, average loan fees, and an allowance for books and supplies, transportation, miscellaneous personal expenses, and food and housing. For a graduating student, an allowance for costs associated with obtaining professional licensure is included. For a student with a disability, an allowance for expenses related to the student’s disability can be included. For a student with dependents, an allowance for dependent care can included if child care costs are not paid by any other agency or source. To include child care expenses in the cost of attendance, the Child Care Expense Form, available in the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, must be submitted. The addition of child care expenses to the cost of attendance may not always result in additional financial aid due to federal student aid program limits.

To be eligible to award student financial aid provided by the United States Department of Education, the School maintains current accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The ACEN is located at: 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326 (404) 975-5000, Web:

The School of Nursing receives and maintains both federal student loan and PELL Grant information via the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS). The student may access his/her federal student aid information at

Prospective and current students are encouraged to review the U.S. Department of Education’s website  This site provides a comprehensive overview of federal student aid. Student eligibility requirements and descriptions/requirements of federal grants and the Direct Loan Program are outlined.

An overview of and availability of Federal financial aid is presented to students during Orientation. Students are encouraged to meet with the Coordinator of Student Affairs individually to discuss the availability of, and their potential eligibility for, Federal financial aid prior to arranging private student loans or alternative financing programs.

Financial aid awards are given to students without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, or disability.

Application Process

All students wishing to apply for federal/state financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) The information required on the FAFSA is utilized by the United States Department of Education to determine student’s eligibility for aid and to calculate the expected family contribution (EFC). The completion of this form is required of all financial aid applicants regardless of income.

The FAFSA can be completed online or by mail. The online option is faster and easier. The student and parent (if the student is considered dependent for financial aid purposes) will log onto FAFSA on the Web ( with a username and password that they create.  The first time they log in, they will be asked to create a username and password. If they have previously utilized the site and have a PIN, they will have the option to link it to their new FSA ID.  A FAFSA on the Web Worksheet is available to assist the student with online FAFSA completion. The School’s Federal institution code is 006507.

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) allows students and parents who are using the online FAFSA and who have already submitted their federal tax return to electronically retrieve their tax data from the IRS database. Students and parents are strongly encouraged to use the IRS Data Retrieval Option to import tax information into the FAFSA because it is accurate, efficient, and useful for verification and corrections. If students decide not to use the IRS retrieval process and they are chosen for verification, the student and the parents, if applicable, may be asked to submit an IRS tax transcript or a copy of tax return with any applicable schedules. It is not necessary to wait for acceptance to the School of Nursing to file a FAFSA. The student should complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1 of the year prior to desired enrollment year.

If the FAFSA cannot be completed online, another option is the PDF FAFSA, which students can get at  They can print the PDF and fill it out by hand, or they can type their data on the PDF before printing and mailing it. Students who have limited or no Internet access and face pressing deadlines can choose to complete and submit their application by calling 1-800-433-3243, telling a representative they would like to fill out their FAFSA over the phone and providing their information.  This typically takes about half an hour.  Students choosing this option will receive a paper student aid report (SAR) 7-10 days later, which they (and their parents, if appropriate) must sign and return.  This is NOT the preferred method to apply for aid and should be used sparingly and only by students with no access to internet.

After the FAFSA has been processed, the student will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). The student must schedule a financial aid appointment with the Coordinator of Student Affairs to discuss the financial aid award package. Financial Aid appointments/award packages for current students are available beginning in April of each year. Financial Aid appointments/award packages for newly accepted students are available beginning in July of each year. The student is required to report any additional/outside aid received. Each financial aid recipient must sign a Financial Aid Offer notice accepting/acknowledging any monies awarded.


Verification is a process by which the educational institution verifies the reported (or not reported) data that was submitted on the student’s FAFSA. A student who is chosen for verification will be notified in writing and given a Verification Worksheet to complete. Students who are selected for verification are placed in one of three groups by the Department of Education. The group determines which FAFSA information Trinity School of Nursing must verify. The student may be required to submit additional documentation as outlined on the Verification Worksheet. The student may be asked to verify or submit documentation related to one or more of the following:

  • Parent/Student/Spouse Federal Tax Information such as adjusted gross income, U.S. income taxes paid, untaxed portions of IRA distributions, untaxed portions of pensions, IRA deductions and payments, tax exempt interest income, education credits
  • Parent/Student/Spouse Income Earned from Work
  • Number of Household Members
  • Number in College
  • Identity/Statement of Educational Purpose

If students are asked to verify adjusted gross income, taxes paid, and untaxed income, they can do this by utilizing the IRS Data Retrieval Option to import tax information into the FAFSA. It is the fastest, easiest, and best way to meet this verification requirement. Students and parents do this either when initially filling out the FAFSA application or later as a correction. If the student/parents have not successfully transferred the information from the IRS, either at initial FAFSA filing or through the online FAFSA correction process, or did transfer the information but then changed it, the student/spouse and the parents (if dependent student) will be required to submit a 2021 IRS Tax Transcript obtained directly from the IRS. If needed, instructions on how to request the IRS Tax Transcript can be found on the Verification Worksheet. Although the DRT or tax transcript are preferable methods for completing verification, students can also submit a copy of the tax return and any applicable schedules.

The student must submit the signed Verification Worksheet and any required documents as indicated on the worksheet to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid within 30 days of receiving verification information from the School. No aid will be awarded until the Verification Process is completed. After the completed verification worksheet and required documentation has been submitted, the Coordinator of Student Affairs will review the data and determine if any corrections need to be made. The student will be notified of the necessary corrections, and the student may be required to schedule a follow-up financial aid appointment if changes are required as a result of Verification findings. Corrections can be made by the student utilizing the online FAFSA or by the Coordinator of Student Affairs utilizing FAA access to CPS online. The School verifies 100% of accepted/enrolled students that are selected by the U.S. Department of Education. If the verification findings demonstrate that an individual has misreported information or altered documentation in order to fraudulently obtain federal funds, evidence of such actions will be provided to the Office of Inspector General.

The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid may select a student for verification in addition to those who were selected by the U.S. Department of Education. If selected for verification, the student is required by federal regulations to cooperate in the verification process.

Additional Details

Contact Admissions

All inquiries or correspondence for admission should be directed to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at the School of Nursing between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Phone: 740-266-1230 
E-mail: [email protected]
Fax: 740-266-2710