Summary of the State Higher Education Grant Program Eligibility Requirements for Hospital Schools of Nursing

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Institutional Requirements

The institution and program of study must meet the criteria established in PHEAA's Regulations 121.32 and 121.33.

If the institution is a hospital school of nursing located within this Commonwealth, the institution must be initially, provisionally, or fully approved by the State Board of Nursing and must be accredited by the National League for Nursing.

To be considered for institutional approval for an ensuing academic year (fall/spring), an institution must submit an application to the Agency by August 1. To be effective for the ensuing summer term, the application must be submitted by May 1.

To apply for State Grant participation, the school must provide a letter of interest, a letter/certificate of accreditation from the National League of Nursing, an approval letter from the State Board of Nursing, and a copy of the most recent school catalog. In addition, the school will be required to sign a Master Agreement, which will be provided by the Agency.

Participation in the State Higher Education Grant Program must not be used as an inducement to obtain the enrollment of a student. The Agency will sanction a reference in the school's catalog or other printed material to specific programs that have been approved by the State Higher Education Grant Program. However, it should also be noted that such grants are awarded only to students who demonstrate a need for financial assistance as determined by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency. Any reference to State Grants must be of a common type when viewed with other type on the page where it is located.

Agency approval of schools will not be permanent and will be subject to review at any time and specifically upon change of administration and/or ownership, or upon receipt of a complaint regarding operational procedures. It is the responsibility of the school under the current ownership to notify the Agency immediately of an impending change in administration and/or ownership, as well as changes in the accredited or licensed status of the institution as a whole or of the school's accrediting agency and/or the State Board of Nursing. A school must merit its placement and maintenance on the approved list.

Approved schools will remain in the State Grant Program only as long as their records are in good order. If, at any time, there is a change in the content, period of instruction, or title of any program of study that has been approved for State Grants, the school must contact the Agency immediately. The Agency holds each postsecondary institution responsible for an ongoing review of procedures, class schedules, student requirements, etc., to ensure that each complies with other eligibility requirements.

Program Requirements

To be approved for a State Higher Education Grant, an applicant must enroll in a program of study approved by the Agency and offered by an institution approved by the Agency for participation in the State Higher Education Grant Program. An approved program of study must comply with the following:

  • An approved program of study must be a program of instruction of at least 2 academic years which must be the equivalent of at least 60 semester credit hours or at least 1800 clock hours of instruction and must be presented over a period of at least 15 calendar months.
  • An approved program of study must require that at least 50% of the credits needed for completion of the program at the approved institution be earned through instruction within the classroom.

Application Deadlines

To be considered for institutional and/or program of study approval for an ensuing academic year (fall/spring), an institution must forward a letter of interest and other required documentation to the Agency prior to August 1. In accordance with Agency Regulation, Section 121.33(4), the earliest participation date for requests received after August 1 but prior to the following May 1, is the ensuing Summer term. The earliest consideration date for applications received after May 1 but prior to August 1 is the ensuing fall term.

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