Freshman and sophomore students of the Research/Rockhurst traditional B.S.N. Program who wish to apply for financial aid do so through Rockhurst University. Junior, senior, Accelerated B.S.N. and graduate nursing students apply for financial aid through Research College of Nursing.

Research College of Nursing and Rockhurst University subscribe to the principle that financial aid programs exist primarily to provide financial assistance to students who, without such aid, would be unable to attend the college of their choice. The free Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) is the preferred form used to evaluate need for all financial aid.

Both institutions are committed to the concept that a student should select a college on educational rather than financial grounds. The financial aid programs, therefore, exist to assist students who have chosen a college for its educational merit to overcome any demonstrated need which might prevent a student from attending their college of choice.

Application for Financial Aid

Students who wish to apply for financial aid should:

  1. Complete the admission procedure outlined in Admission to the Undergraduateand GraduatePrograms.
  2. File a Financial Aid Form (preferably by March 1). The free Federal application (FAFSA) is the preferred form. No financial aid will be awarded until formal admission has been granted. Title IV code: 006392.
  3. Both dependent and independent students must file a FAFSA.
  4. Students can apply for all types of aid, including institutional, federal and state assistance by completing the FAFSA.

An undergraduate student who qualifies for financial aid typically receives any one or a combination of various types of aid--scholarship, grant, or loan. Financial aid awards are for one year only, so the student must reapply each year. The aid offered may vary from year to year due to changes in funding, statutory provisions, or student circumstances.

Undergraduate students completing a second degree and graduate students are eligible to participate in financial aid programs. The types of aid are limited due to federal regulations.

Students enrolled in the post-master certificate programs (Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult- Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator and Executive Practice & Healthcare Leadership) are NOT eligible for federal financial aid.

Hours Required to Receive Financial Aid

Undergraduate students: Students that are full-time (12-18) credit hours are eligible for institutional aid, federal aid and outside sources. Students that are half-time (6-11) are only eligible for federal aid. Any student taking less than six hours is not eligible for any aid.

Graduate students: Students must be enrolled in at least 4.5 (half-time) credit hours to be eligible for federal aid in a major semester (fall and spring). Students must be enrolled in at least 2 (half-time) credit hours in the summer to be eligible to receive federal aid. Any student enrolled in fewer hours will not be eligible for federal aid.

Scholarships and Grants

A number of scholarships and grants are available for qualified nursing students who need assistance to finance their college education. Some scholarships do not have a financial need prerequisite for consideration. All students applying for financial aid are considered for aid for which they qualify. Students do not need to apply for specific scholarships and grants except for the HCA Midwest Division Scholarship/Loan Program.

Following are scholarships available to nursing students through Research College of Nursing.

Harmon Presidential Scholar Scholarship

The Research College of Nursing Governing Board, in an effort to attract highly qualified students to the nursing program, offers a full scholarship. The Harmon Presidential Scholar scholarship provides tuition for all four years of the nursing program. Qualified applicants are invited to participate in a competitive interview program. The winner is selected based on interview ratings. Applicants who are seniors in high school and who have outstanding academic records based on class standing and test scores are reviewed for selection. The scholarship award is for four years and the recipient must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.4 (A=4.0) after freshmen year and 3.5 for each succeeding year of the nursing program. In order to be considered for this scholarship, students must file a completed application for admission PRIOR to January 15.

HCA Midwest HealthScholarship/Loan Program

This program offers a combination of scholarship and loan funding to qualified junior and senior traditional B.S.N. nursing students as well as Accelerated B.S.N. students. Traditional Rockhurst students must have a 3.2 cumulative GPA as well as a 3.0 science GPA while transfer students must have a 3.2 cumulative GPA and a 3.5 science GPA. Qualified Accelerated B.S.N. students must have a 3.2 cumulative GPA or a 3.5 science GPA. Students who meet the GPA requirement are invited to interview with a panel of healthcare professionals from the area HCA Hospitals. Students who receive the funding agree to a work commitment following graduation. Traditional B.S.N. students agree to 3 years and Accelerated B.S.N. students agree to 2 years.

Research College of Nursing Grant

Awarded based on need.

The following scholarships are available to junior and senior nursing students with a grade point average of at least 2.5 (A=4.0) and are awarded based on financial need through The Research Foundation.

The Foundation also awards scholarships to nursing students once a year. Students must submit applications to their office during the application period. The Foundation office will inform students when this period begins and provide applications.

Alumni Award Scholarship

Each year the Research Nursing Alumni Association gives scholarships to senior nursing students in the name of the recipient of the Outstanding Alumnus Award. The scholarships are based on the criteria of excellence in clinical nursing skills and patient care.

Cheryl A. Burchett Memorial Scholarship

Established in 2001 by her family and friends in memory of Cheri Burchett, former Team I Leader and faculty member, a scholarship is awarded to an outstanding student annually.

Dr. Kay Sullivan Scholarship

Established in 1999 by her family in honor of Kay Sullivan, former Coordinator of the Accelerated B.S.N. Program, a scholarship is awarded to an outstanding Accelerated B.S.N. student each year.

Mary Lutz Memorial Scholarship

Provided in memory of Mary Lutz, M.N., R.N., a member of the faculty 1990-1996.

Sally S. Robinson Scholarship

Provided in memory of Sally Robinson, M.P.H.N., R.N., a member of the faculty 1982-1992.

Research Belton Scholarship

Provided by the Research Belton Hospital Foundation.

Following is a list of scholarships and grants available through Rockhurst University. These are available for freshman and sophomore nursing students. These scholarships are funded through Research College of Nursing for upper division nursing students provided criteria are met.

Achievement Scholarship

Renewable scholarships awarded to highly qualified entering freshmen students. Students are selected based on their academic credentials including grades, class rank, and standardized test scores. Recipients must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (A=4.0) at the end of each academic year in order to renew the Achievement Scholarship. In order to be considered for this award, students must file a completed application for admission PRIOR to May 1.

Alumni Grant

Dependent children of Rockhurst or Research graduates are eligible to receive $500 Alumni Grants assuming they are enrolled as full-time undergraduate students.

McCabe Scholarship

Renewable scholarships are awarded to highly qualified entering freshmen students. Students are selected based upon their academic credentials including grades, class rank, standardized test scores and extracurricular activities. Recipients must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 (A=4.0) at the end of each academic year in order to renew the Chancellor's Scholarship. In order to be considered for this scholarship, students must file a completed application for admission PRIOR to May 1.

Weiss Scholarship

Renewable scholarships are awarded to highly qualified entering freshmen students. Students are selected based upon their academic credentials including grades, class rank, standardized test scores and extracurricular activities. Recipients must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (A=4.0) at the end of each academic year in order to renew the Dean's Scholarship. In order to be considered for this scholarship, students must file a completed application for admission PRIOR to May 1.

Knapp Scholarship

Renewable scholarships are awarded to highly qualified entering freshmen students. Students are selected based upon their academic credentials including grades, class rank, standardized test scores and extracurricular activities. Recipients must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (A=4.0) at the end of each academic year in order to renew the Director’s Scholarship. In order to be considered for this scholarship, students must file a completed application for admission PRIOR to May 1.

Finucane Service Award

Renewable awards valued at $1500 per academic year are awarded to entering freshmen students who have, in addition to a sound academic record, demonstrated outstanding service in their communities. The award is renewable based on service participation documentation by the Center of Service Learning, and maintenance of a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (A=4.0) at the end of each academic year.

Rockhurst Need-Based Grant

These need-based grants funded by the University are awarded to students demonstrating financial need. (NOTE: For upper division students this becomes the Research College of Nursing Grant.)

Trustee's Scholarship

Renewable scholarships valued at full tuition are awarded to highly qualified entering freshman students. Students are selected based upon a competitive interview program. Students are selected to participate in the interview program based upon their academic credentials from high school including grades, class rank, standardized test scores and extracurricular activities. Recipients must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.4 (A=4.0) after the freshman year, and 3.5 (A=4.0) at the end of each subsequent academic year in order to renew the Trustee's Scholarship. In order to be considered for this scholarship, students must file a completed application for admission PRIOR to January 15 and meet the criteria for the Chancellor’s Scholarship.

Athletic Awards

NCAA, Division II – awards of variable amount. Awarded by the Rockhurst Athletic Department based on athletic ability and sport. Nursing students receiving athletic awards continue to receive them from Rockhurst University as long as they continue to meet the requirements set forth.

Following is a list of scholarships and grants available through Rockhurst University. These are for transfer students. These scholarships are funded through Research College of Nursing for upper division nursing students provided criteria are met.

Distinguished Scholar

Scholarships valued at $19,500 per academic year awarded to transferring students who bring in and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.6 to 4.0.

Founders Scholarship

Scholarships valued at $15,400 per academic year awarded to transferring students who bring in and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.3 to 3.59.

Endeavor Scholarship

$11,300 awarded to transferring students who have a cumulative GPA 2.8-2.99.

Phi Theta Kappa

Scholarship awarded at $23,000 to transferring students who have proof of membership. This supersedes any other scholarship you receive from Rockhurst or Research.

Family Award

Should more than one family member be simultaneously enroll as full-time undergraduate students at Rockhurst and/or Research, each person may be given a Family Award of $1,000.

Veteran Award

$1,000 awarded to transferring students who are military veterans.

Government Aid

Students without a prior degree are eligible to receive all the following sources of financial aid. Students with a prior degree are limited to the Stafford, Perkins, Federal Nursing Loan and GRAD PLUS programs.

Federal Pell Grant

This federal grant is administered by the Department of Education to undergraduate students demonstrating a high level of financial need. The amount of these grants varies and is determined by the Department of Education.

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)

These federal grants are awarded through Research to students demonstrating a high financial need. The amount of these grants varies and awards are limited.

Charles Gallagher Grant (Missouri Student Grant)

These need-based grants are awarded to undergraduate students who are Missouri residents demonstrating financial need. Eligibility is determined by the state based upon data from the student’s need analysis form. Applications must be mailed no later than April 1 for consideration.

Brite Flight Scholarship

Sponsored through the State of Missouri, this scholarship is awarded to Missouri residents who attend a Missouri college/university of their choice and have scored in the top 3% on either the ACT or SAT exam. The scholarship is automatically matched by Rockhurst University and by Research College of Nursing for those indicating nursing as a major. The scholarship is renewable for all four years of the program if the student maintains a 3.3 grade point average.

Federal Stafford Student Loan Programs.

These low interest loans are available to students who demonstrate financial need. Students may qualify for either a subsidized Stafford Loan (interest does not accrue until after graduation) or an unsubsidized Stafford Loan (interest begins accruing immediately). Interest rates on these loans are variable based on the 91-day Treasury Bill, but not higher than 8.25 percent (at time of printing). Loan amounts vary dependent upon year of enrollment in college, the level of demonstrated financial need, and previous loan history. Graduate and undergraduate students are eligible for these programs.

Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS), Grad PLUS

These loans are not based on demonstrated financial need. Parents may borrow up to the cost of attending college less any other financial assistance their son or daughter is receiving. Credit history is taken into account by the lender when determining eligibility for a PLUS Loan. Grad students may borrow up to the cost of attending college less any other financial assistance they are receiving. Credit history is taken into account by the lender when determining eligibility.

Federal Nursing Loan.

These federal loan funds are awarded to upper division nursing students based on demonstrated need. Repayment begins following a nine month; interest free grace period after a student ceases to be enrolled on at least a half-time basis (six (6) credit hours). Repayment is based on a simple interest rate (5 percent at time of printing) on the unpaid balance with up to ten years to repay the loan in full.

Further details on these programs may be obtained from the Financial Aid Office.

Reasonable Academic Progress for Continued Receipt of Financial Aid

Students receiving financial aid must make reasonable academic progress toward graduation according to federal and state regulations in order to receive financial aid. Rockhurst University and Research College of Nursing also adhere to the same expectation for students receiving financial aid from institutional sources.

Maximum Attempted Enrollment Credit Hours Time Frame

The maximum attempted enrollment credit hours a student may enroll for to complete their College program of study must not exceed 192 attempted enrollment credit hours for the completion of a 128 credit hour degree program. For students who transfer in the College, the 192 attempted enrollment credit hours maximum includes attempted credit hours at other colleges/universities attended, if transfer hours were accepted by the College. Note: For academic programs requiring less or more than 128 credit hours for degree completion, the maximum attempted enrollment credit hours for program completion is 150% of required credit hours for the program.

Completion Percentage

In order to maintain measurable progress toward the completion of their degrees, students must successfully complete 67 percent of all credit hours attempted. (Hours attempted include repeated courses, dropped courses, withdrawals, and incomplete courses).

Qualitative Requirement: Cumulative College Grad Point Average (GPA)

Students must also maintain a College GPA of 2.00 in order to demonstrate Satisfactory Academic Progress. The College cumulative 2.00 GPA requirement applies to all federal/state student aid programs and or certain College scholarship programs as detailed within each scholarship/award program. Certain College scholarship/award programs require a higher minimum College cumulative GPA that must be maintained in order to maintain renewal eligibility in addition to other program requirements. See each scholarship/award program description for the minimum renewal College cumulative GPA requirement, other requirements and maximum duration of award eligibility.

Changing Majors, Repeat and Remedial Coursework, Incompletes and Withdrawals, and Second Degree Coursework

In the case where a student changes degree programs, courses taken that do not contribute to the new degree program do not count toward the 150% requirement.

Any remedial coursework (including English as Second Language coursework) do not contribute towards the 150% completion time frame, but are counted towards the qualitative 2.00 GPA requirement.

Any non-credit coursework, repeat coursework or coursework for which a grade of incomplete or withdrawn is given counts toward both quantitative and qualitative measures for calculating SAP.

Any student pursuing a second-degree program is subject to both 150% timeframe and the 2.00 cumulative GPA requirements.

Monitoring Satisfactory Academic Progress

Each student’s progress will be reviewed at the end of each semester to determine satisfactory academic progress. Students not meeting the standard for a particular term will be placed on financial aid warning, receive a one-semester financial aid award, and are notified in writing by the Financial Aid Office. Financial aid warnings consist of the summer term and the semester following placement of warning. Students have a one-semester grace period to make up academic deficiencies. Students on financial aid warning who fail to meet the standard by the end of the next semester will be placed on financial aid suspension until all academic requirements are met. No institutional, state or federal financial assistance eligibility can be certified until academic deficiencies are satisfied.

Once financial aid eligibility has been terminated due to lack of satisfactory academic progress, the student must make up all deficiencies in cumulative grades and/or credit hours earned for his or her academic level before financial aid eligibility will be reinstated. Only Research or Rockhurst courses can be used to make up deficiencies in cumulative grade point average, but courses that are pre-approved for transfer credit can make up deficiencies in hours.

Students may appeal the withdrawal of financial aid to the Loan and Scholarship Committee. This written appeal must be submitted no more than one week after being informed of the withdrawal of financial aid and should explain any mitigating circumstances which apply to the particular situation.

The Loan and Scholarship Committee reviews the appeal and responds to the student within two weeks from receipt of the appeal.

Entrance and Exit Interviews

As required by federal regulations, Research College of Nursing requires that both entrance and exit interviews are completed by students receiving financial aid in the form of loans. Students can complete these interviews at www.studentloans.gov. Students are informed of all relevant information regarding their loans such as interest rates, amount of indebtedness, length of repayment period and the amount of expected monthly payment.

Federal regulations require the College to maintain signed documentation of the interviews. The Financial Aid Office will provide documents to sign for verification of these interviews.

Maintenance of Financial Aid Records

Research College of Nursing maintains all individual financial aid records in accordance with applicable Federal laws.