Financial Aid Disclosures
Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital School of Nursing, financial aid office will communicate with students via email. It is important that you notify the financial aid office of any change to your email address.
Federal regulations state that you must complete “Entrance Counseling” online prior to applying for your Student loan. The purpose of the counseling is to make you aware of your rights and responsibilities associated with student borrowing. You may complete your Entrance Counseling and Federal Stafford Loan application online at www.studentloans.gov.
The parent(s) of a dependent student may apply for a Parent Plus Loan online at www.studentloans.gov to cover the cost of education minus any aid the student receives. The parent will be required to complete a Parent Plus Loan Pre-Approval prior to completing a loan application. If a parent applies for a Parent Plus Loan and is denied the student becomes eligible for an additional $4000 unsubsidized loan money.
Financial aid is disbursed to the school per semester. Funds are credited directly to your student account and used for education expenses such as tuition and fees. Your cost of education is explained in your Enrollment Agreement. Your signature on the Enrollment Agreement authorizes SON to deduct payment for fees and applicable charges as noted in the student handbook No aid is processed for a student until the financial aid office has a signed Enrollment Agreement.
A student or parent may refuse any part of the aid awarded to a student by signing an award letter indicating the aid you are denying. At the time of a loan disbursement the student will receive notification that the loan was disbursed and credited to their account. The student or parent has 14 days or until a credit balance has been disbursed to the student or parent to refuse all or a part of the loan disbursed.
The financial aid office will disburse a credit balance to a student to purchase books not to exceed $500.
Satisfactory Academic Progress is discussed in your handbook. We recommend that you read the section regarding academic progress so you are aware of policies regarding your financial aid.
Student Code of Conduct
The Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital School of Nursing is committed to providing students and their families with the best information and processing alternatives available regarding student borrowing. In support of this and in an effort to rule out any perceived or actual conflict of interest between The School of Nursing officers, employees or agents and education loan lenders, The School of Nursing has adopted the following:
• The School of Nursing does not participate in any revenue-sharing arrangements with any lender.
• The School of Nursing does not permit any officer, employee or agent of the school who is employed in the financial aid office or is otherwise involved in the administration of education loans to accept any gifts of greater than a nominal value from any lender, guarantor or servicer.
• The School of Nursing does not permit any officer, employee or agent of the school who is employed in the financial aid office or is otherwise involved in the administration of education loans to accept any fee, payment or other financial benefit (including a stock purchase option) from a lender or affiliate of a lender as compensation for any type of consulting arrangement or contract to provide services to a lender or on behalf of a lender relating to education loans.
• The School of Nursing does not permit any officer, employee or agent of the school who is employed in the financial aid office or is otherwise involved in the administration of education loans to accept any thing of value from a lender, guarantor, or group of lenders and/or guarantors in exchange for service on an advisory board, commission or other group established by such a lender, guarantor group of lenders and/or guarantors. The School of Nursing does allow for the reasonable reimbursement of expenses associated with participation in such boards, commissions or groups by lenders, guarantors, or groups of lenders and/or guarantors.
• The School of Nursing does not assign a lender to any first-time borrower through financial aid packaging or any other means.
• The School of Nursing recognizes that a borrower has the right to choose any lender from which to borrow to finance his/her education. The School of Nursing will not refuse to certify or otherwise deny or delay certification of a loan based on the borrower’s selection of a lender and/or guarantor.
• The School of Nursing will not request or accept any offer of funds to be used for private education loans to students from any lender in exchange for providing the lender with a specified number or volume of Title IV loans, or a preferred lender arrangement for Title IV loans
• The School of Nursing will not request or accept any assistance with call center or financial aid office staffing.
Loan Repayment and Default Management
SON is committed to informing all students about Default and Debt Management. Many students rely on student loans to assist them with their educational costs. Students need to carefully consider the amount of debt they will incur during their academic career. Borrowing loans to pay for college has long-term financial implications. Like any other debt, a student loan is a serious financial obligation that must be repaid. In addition to the principal amount you borrow, you will be charged interest. Failure to make on-time monthly payments may affect your credit rating and your ability to borrow in the future.
Default and Debt Management education must start in your first year at SON and extend through graduation. It is easy to borrow, but repayment can be difficult. SON strives to educate students on sensible student loan borrowing. Understanding and minimizing your indebtedness will benefit you after graduation. Timely repayment of your student loan will ensure that future students will be eligible for the same benefits of financial aid that you have. A loan repayment calculator can be found on www.studentloans.gov.
Please consider the following when planning how much to borrow:
• Amount: Think about how much you need to borrow. You may not want to borrow the full amount for which you are eligible.
• Number of Loans: Your total indebtedness will be affected if you decide to continue your education after you graduate from SON.
• Loan Limits: Most student loan programs specify minimum and maximum amounts you can borrow.
• Length of Repayment Period: You will save interest costs if you choose a shorter repayment period.
• Minimum Monthly Payments: Monthly payments will depend on the amount you borrow and the repayment plan you select.
• Borrowers Rights and Responsibilities: Be sure you understand your rights and responsibilities under each loan program – be sure to keep all financial aid paperwork.
Responsible student loan borrowing will help you:
• Establish credit.
• Secure future loan borrowing for homes, cars and graduate school.
• Obtain credits cards.
Several repayment options are available to you:
• Deferment: Occurs when a borrower is allowed to postpone repaying the loan.
• Forbearance: Occurs when the lender allows the borrower to temporarily postpone repaying the principal, but the interest charges continue to accrue.
• Consolidation: A loan that combines several student loans into one bigger loan from a single lender.
• Loan Forgiveness: Under certain circumstances, the federal government will cancel all or If you neglect your student loan responsibility, you may face serious consequences and the following steps may be taken to recover the outstanding balance due:
• The Department of the Treasury may offset your federal and/or state tax refunds and any other payments, as authorized by law, to repay your defaulted loan.
• You may have to pay additional collection costs.
• You may be subject to Administrative Wage Garnishment - this is where the Department of Education will require your employer to forward 15% of your disposable pay toward repayment of your loan.
• The Department of Education may take legal action to force you to repay the loan.
• Credit bureaus may be notified and your credit rating will suffer.
Should your student loan go into default, there is help for you: To determine your eligibility for the Default Rehabilitation Program and to establish a monthly repayment plan, contact your Loan Servicer. The Default Rehabilitation Program allows defaulted student loan borrowers who have established satisfactory repayment a Student Loan Borrowers Rights and Responsibilities
As a student loan borrower, you have many rights and responsibilities. You should be informed about all aspects of your student loans, including: loan balances, repayment options, fees, grace periods, interest rates, an explanation of default and its consequences, consolidation and much
more. As a student loan borrower, you are borrowing money and agreeing to pay it back. You are also bound by many important responsibilities during the life of the loan. If you do not repay your loan on time or according to the terms in your promissory note, you may go into default. Default has serious consequences and will affect your credit rating.
Students have the right to the following:
• Written information on your loan obligations and information on your rights and responsibilities as a student loan borrower.
• A grace period and an explanation of what this means.
• A disclosure statement - received before you begin to repay your loan (this should include information about your interest rate, associated fees, the balance that you owe and the calculated number of payments during your repayment period).
• Information on deferment and forbearance options.
• Information on prepayment of your student loan.
• A copy of your MPN (this is the legally binding paperwork necessary to obtain a loan).
• Documentation that your student loan is paid in full.
Students are responsible for:
• Completing Entrance Counseling before your loan is disbursed to SON (first time borrowers only).
• Completing Exit Counseling before you graduate, leave school or drop below half-time enrollment status.
• Repaying your student loan even if you do not complete your academic program, you are dissatisfied with your education or if you are unable to find employment after you graduate.
• You must notify SON and your student loan lender if you:
1. Change your address.
2. Change your name.
3. Withdraw from school or drop below half time enrollment.
4. Transfer to another school.
5. Fail to enroll or re-enroll in school for the period for which the loan was intended.
6. Change your expected graduation date or graduate.
To remove the defaulted status completely
You must make monthly payments on your loan after your grace period ends (unless you request and are approved for a deferment or forbearance).
You must notify your lender of anything that might alter your eligibility for an existing deferment or forbearance.
Additional information on this is available online at:
Students Rights and Responsibilities
The receipt of financial aid is a privilege, which creates both rights and responsibilities.
As a student receiving financial aid at SON, you have the following rights:
• Students have the right to know the method used to determine their need
• Students have the right to be awarded financial aid in an equitable manner (as funds permit)
• You may decline all or any part of your financial aid awards (this must be done in writing)
• You may be able to return loan proceeds within 14 days of the date of disbursement
• You will be notified in writing of any changes made to your financial aid eligibility and/or your awards
• You may request a review of your financial aid application due to special or unusual circumstances (all requests must be submitted in writing)
• Students have the right to contact the Federal Student Financial Aid Ombudsman to resolve
issues related to student loans. The Federal Ombudsman phone number is 1-877-557-2575, and the web address is: http://www.ombudsman.ed.gov.
Campus Crime and Security
The Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital School of Nursing is protected under the Geisinger–Lewistown Hospital Security. The Geisinger–Lewistown Hospital has a complete emergency conduct plan in place for various emergency situations.
Campus Crime Report
Drug & Alcohol