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Financial Assistance for the Master of Social Work Program

Applying for financial aid is an important part of the college experience. This fact sheet is intended to give you a general understanding of that process. Please read all material for specific and detailed information. See the Nazareth College Graduate Catalog and the Nazareth College Financial Aid Office web site for more complete information. Students are also invited to call the Nazareth College Financial Aid Office at (585) 389-2310 for information or forms that cannot be downloaded from the web site. The Financial Aid fax number is (585) 389-2317 and all Nazareth College forms or requests for data are welcome in that format. For more information about billing dates, please visit http://www.naz.edu/dept/studentaccounts/billdates.cfm

Tuition and Fees

For a full list of costs see http://www.naz.edu/student-accounts/tuition-fees

Federal Financial Aid Programs

Federal Work-Study Program, the Federal Perkins Loan, and the Federal Stafford Loan can be applied for by filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Apply online at: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Federal Stafford Loans*

Effective May 2010-2011, the GRC MSW Program will utilize the William D. Ford Federal Direct loan program for all our student (previously referred to Stafford) loans and Grad PLUS loans. This will be effective May 2010 for all new and returning MSW graduate students. The Federal Direct Grad PLUS rate is 7.9% fixed.

Federal PLUS Loans are also available to graduate students with an acceptable credit rating who have already borrowed the maximum Federal Stafford Loan for their borrower based year. Cost of attendance less other aid received is the only dollar limitation. Federal PLUS Loans are offered at a fixed 8.5% interest rate.

Federal Work Study Program (FWS)

This program offers on campus job priority to students demonstrating financial need who desire to work. Positions are available in almost every department and administrative office. Every effort is made to correlate the job with the student’s interest and schedule. Students must request FWS by writing to the Director of Financial Aid at Nazareth College by March 30 of the prior academic year. The current wage is $7.50 per hour.

Federal Perkins Loans*

No interest accrues on these loans and no repayment is due while the student is attending on a least a half-time basis (6 credits per semester). There is a fixed interest rate of 5% during repayment. Funds are limited and are awarded to students with the greatest amount of financial need. Funds must be requested by writing to the Director of Financial Aid at Nazareth College by March 30 of the prior academic year. *A pre-loan counseling session is required for those students who are borrowing these loans for the first time. This requirement may be met on the internet. Exit interviews are also required for all federal loan borrowers. These will be scheduled with Nazareth College at the time of program completion or if the student stops attending school on at least a half-time basis.

New YorkState Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

Full-time matriculated graduates who are residents of New York State may also qualify for TAP, the state grant program, through Nazareth College. Application is initiated on the FAFSA, but further follow-through is required in order to receive an award. Awards will range from $0 to $550 per semester based upon the New York net taxable income of the student’s household.

Regents Professional Opportunity Scholarships

Full-time students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds who are New York State residents may apply for Regents Professional Opportunity Scholarships. Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000 per year. Applications for the coming year are published each January and have an April 30 deadline.

Institutional Aid

Minority students enrolled in the MSW program as full-time matriculated graduate students will be eligible to apply at the College at Brockport for minority grants/fellowships and minority graduate assistantships. At the College at Brockport, approximately twelve such fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis each academic year. Other college-wide scholarships/awards may also be available for graduate students. Any student who earned a baccalaureate degree as a participant in the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) will be granted a tuition waiver, for the first year of attendance, equal to the amount of regular SUNY graduate tuition. These are the only forms of financial aid for which application is made through the College at Brockport.

Other Financial Aid Sources

All students are encouraged to investigate all other sources of financial assistance. These could include private or public sources for grants and loans. Information on these types of aid may be obtained by using various compilations of such sources. A free search is available on the internet at http://www.collegeboard.com or click on http://www.fastweb.com for information pages containing various scholarship search services. There are also many publications or other database searches available at local libraries or at the Student Aid Resource (STAR) Center in the College at Brockport Financial Aid Office. For more information about loan products or lender information, please refer Graduate Aid to http://www.naz.edu.

Financial Aid Counseling Services

Financial Aid counseling services are available from the Financial Aid Office at one of three campuses
  1. SUNY Metro Center: An advisor is usually available by appointment on Tuesday afternoons when school is in session during the regular fall and spring semesters. Call the College at Brockport Financial Aid Office to schedule an appointment at (585) 395-2501.
  2. Nazareth College: Students may schedule an appointment or walk into the Financial Aid Office during normal business hours. The office is open from 8:30am to 5:00pm, Monday through Thursday, and from 8:30am to 4:30pm on Fridays. Summer hours are from 8:00am until 4:30pm, Monday through Thursday, and from 8:00am until 12:00pm on Fridays. They can be reached at (585) 389-2310.
  3. The College at Brockport: Students may meet with an advisor on an appointment basis in the morning or on a walk-in basis in the afternoon (after 12:45pm). Office hours are from 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. Please call (585) 395-2501 for more information.