A fundamental principle of student financial aid is that students and their families have the primary responsibility for financing the cost of higher education. Student financial assistance programs are designed to help defray those costs, which remain after the resources of the student, and the student’s family has been taken into consideration.
Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital School of Nursing offers a number of financial aid programs to help students with their educational needs. Financial Aid is awarded on a needs basis and on the availability of financial aid resources. No student should be discouraged from attending BHSN due to limited financial resources.
All students requesting financial aid must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This may be done online at: www.fafsa.ed.gov. A new FAFSA is required for each financial aid year. The Financial Aid deadline for Academic Year 2020-2021 is May 1, 2020. You can still apply after that deadline for Federal Financial Aid only.
In order to be eligible to receive financial aid from BHSN, a student must meet the following standards:
- Be enrolled as a student at BHSN.
- Be enrolled at least half-time (12 clock hours) for Federal Title IV programs. Exception: Federal Pell Grant recipients may be enrolled less than half-time (45 clock hours) per term.
- Be enrolled full-time (24 clock hours) for MASSGrant monies.
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (legal resident).
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by BHSN.
- Must not be in default on any federal student loan nor owe any refund on any grant received while attending any institution of post-secondary education.
- Demonstrate financial need (for need-based aid) as evidenced by the results of a valid Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA).
- Sign statements of educational purpose, selective service status, anti-drug use/abuse and certification of rights and responsibilities for participation in financial aid programs.
- Provide all requested documentation to the Financial Aid Director to verify determined need, such as a federal tax form and the verification worksheet.
Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital School of Nursing has been approved by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education to provide training for eligible persons under the Montgomery GI Bill® Program for Chapter 30, Chapter 35, Chapter 1606 and Chapter 1607 Post 09/11 Chapter 33. GI Bill is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/. Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital School of Nursing does not participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program. Please contact our Registrar’s Office for further information at 508-941-7042.
Section 702 of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 ("Choice Act") requires VA to disapprove programs of education for payment of benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill and Montegomery GI Bill-Active Duty and public institutions of higher learning if the schools charge qualifying Veterans and dependents tuition and fees in excess of the rate of resident students for terms beginning after July 1, 2015 (and July 1, 2017 for the new updates). SH/BHSON does not fifferentiate between in-state or out of state students for tuition purposes.
Colmery Act - Section 103, PL115-407
Effective August 1, 2019
Any student using Chapter 31 or Chapter 33 benefits is covered under the Colmery Act. Protection commences when the student provides the school with a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) or statement of benefits.
Prevents a school from penalizing a student while waiting for tuition and fees payment from the VA.
Schools can require:
- Schools can't deny a student access to institutual facilities
- Schools can't force a student to borrow money to pay for tuition and fees while waiting for payment from the VA
- Schools can't charge a student who is waiting for tuition and fees payment from the VA a late/penality fees
Schools may require additional payment or a fee for the difference between the amount of the studnet's financial obligation to the school and the amount of th eVA benefits disbursed.
- Students to submit a COE or statement of benefits no later than the first day of the program
- Students to submit a written request to use VA benefits
- Students to provide additional informaiton to ensure proper enrollment certification by the school
Delayed VA Payments
Under S2248 PL 115-407 Section 103, Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital School of Nursing will not impose a late fee, denial of access to facilities, or other penalty against a veteran or eligible dependent due to a late payment of tuition and/or fees from the VA up to the certified benefits amount. Any portion of the student bill not covered by VA benefits is still expected to be setteled by the due date.
Signature Healthcare Brockton Hosptial School of Nursing maintains written records of previous education and training of the veteran or eligible person and indicates appropriate credit has been given for previous education and training.
SH/BHSON has always and will continue to adhere to the above regulations.
If you have any questions, I am happy to be of assistance. Please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Jeannie I. Gonzales, Financial Aid Director