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Financial Aid

The financial aid programs at St. Elizabeth College of Nursing (SECON) are intended to assist those students who otherwise would be unable to finance their nursing education.

Our Financial Aid Office provides information and advice to help students and their families apply for federal and state aid, student loans and scholarships.

Students are encouraged to apply for financial aid as early as possible after October 1st to qualify for all available aid programs. For the timely processing of aid, we recommend filing before March 1st.

Contact Us:

  • Email:
  • Phone: 315-801-8206
  • Fax: 315-801-8271

School Codes: FAFSA 006461 - NYS TAP 0710


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More than 95% of students are awarded some form of financial aid through SECON.  All students are encouraged to apply for assistance.  To be eligible for financial aid (grants, student loans, and/or work study) during the academic year, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be matriculated at SECON leading to a AAS degree in Nursing
  • Be enrolled in at least 3 credit hours each semester for Federal Pell Grant
  • Be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours each semester for Federal Direct Student Loan (Subsidized and Unsubsidized)
  • Be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours each semester for New York State TAP
  • Be enrolled in courses that are required for your nursing degree
  • Meet satisfactory academic progress requirements

Students are considered to be full-time when enrolled in 12 or more credit hours each semester (fall and spring). Enrollment in 3 to 11 credit hours each semester is considered part-time. Students enrolled in 2 credit hours or less each semester are not eligible for financial aid (federal or state).

Apply for Financial Aid

Students who are eligible for federal and/or state financial aid must apply annually by following these steps:

  1. Obtain a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) from the U.S. Department of Education at . Parents of dependent students are also required to apply for a FSA ID.
  2. Complete and submit the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

SECON's Federal School Code is 006461 (Saint Elizabeth Medical Center will appear)

For assistance with the FAFSA or to obtain a paper application, please contact Federal Student Aid Information Center via telephone (800-433-3243), live chat, or email.

3. New York State Residents ONLY can apply for TAP as part of their online FAFSA application

SECON's New York State TAP Code is 0710

From the FAFSA submission confirmation page, select the link that says "File your TAP Application Now".  If you did not submit the TAP application within the FAFSA, you can complete the online TAP application after HESC (NYS Higher Education Services Corporation) receives your FAFSA data (after three business days). HESC will send you an email notifying you to complete the TAP application. Students planning to enroll part-time during the fall and/or spring semester(s) who are eligible for TAP can apply for a NYS Aid for Part-time Study (APTS) grant.

SECON is a 100% verification school. All information submitted on the FAFSA will need to be verified by the Financial Aid Office before any financial aid is disbursed. Dependent students will be required to submit copies of both parent’s and student’s prior, prior year W2’s. Independent students will be required to submit copies of prior, prior year W2’s and their spouses W2’s if applicable. The Financial Aid Office may request additional documents including a verification worksheet. These documents must be reviewed and necessary corrections made before financial aid is awarded.
Once the above steps have been taken, a financial aid award letter and Financial Aid Plan (FAP) will be sent to each student. The award letter should be read and followed carefully. Awards need to be accepted or denied by the student and returned to the financial aid office. Award letters not returned will be deemed denied by the student.

The Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020 requires educational institutions to make certain disclosures to students using federal military and/or VA educational benefits. To view and print a copy of an estimated personalized cost of attendance you can visit the SECON Net Price Cost Calculator. Additional financial information can be found at the NCES College Navigator site.

Title IV Refunds Policy

In accordance with the Higher Education Amendments of 1998, a portion of Title IV grant or loan funds must be returned to the Title IV Program upon a student's withdrawal from college. This may result in a student incurring a liability to St. Elizabeth College of Nursing after the Title IV funds are returned. Once the institution has determined an official withdrawal date, regulation provides a formula for the calculation of the amount of Title IV aid that the student has "earned" and the school may retain. This will depend on the percentage of the enrollment period that the student has completed up to withdrawal. This percentage is calculated by dividing the number of calendar days (not weeks) completed by the total number of calendar days in the period. Up through the 60% point of the enrollment period, the student is eligible for the actual percentage of aid the calculation provides. After the 60% point of the semester, 100% of the Title IV aid is considered "earned" by the student.

Required Notice of Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations

The Higher Education Opportunity Act requires that all colleges notify a student that "a conviction for any offense, during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving Title IV, HEA program funds, under any federal or state law involving the possession or sale of illegal drugs will result in the loss of eligibility for any Title IV, HEA grant, loan, or work study assistance." Additional information regarding St. Elizabeth College of Nursing  policies can be obtained from the Student Handbook (pdf). The Federal Student Aid website also provides additional guidance. 

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