Financial aid

Financial responsibilities
You may be eligible for agency funding such as:

  • WIA
  • TAA
  • OVR
  • WATCH (Work Attributes Toward Careers in Health) Provides a variety of academic and social support services to non-traditional, low income students to enter or move up in the nursing profession. For more information on the WATCH program call 570-523-1155.
  • Public assistance
  • Employer reimbursement
  • Military benefits
  • Private scholarships

Additional financial aid, student conduct and Bursar information available here (PDF)

Programs at your area CareerLink
You may want to contact your area CareerLink; you may be eligible for funding through the WIA program, TAA program, OVR or Youth program, WIA-dislocated workers, TAA-trade, OVR-pre-existing disability or youth-students under 23 living on their own.

Public assistance
If you are presently receiving any type of funding through the Department of Public Welfare, you may be eligible for some funding for school. Work with your area office.

Employer reimbursement
Some employers will sponsor a student while in school. Ask your employer about schooling benefits

Military benefitsStudents eligible for military benefits need to submit their certificate of eligibility to the financial aid office. Educational benefits are available to certain veterans who served in the armed forces. For more information about the several types of programs available, call 1-888-GI-BILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) to speak to a veterans benefits counselor or visit www.gibill.va.gov. Students receiving military benefits will follow the same course schedule as a regular student.

Private scholarships
Scholarships may become available to students at SON through private means. As scholarships become available the SON office will notify students via email of the scholarship and eligibility requirements. If you are receiving a private scholarship not offered by the school, notify the financial aid office.

2017-2018 tuition
Tuition for the 2017-2018 current academic year is $350 per credit. Tuition and other fees are subject to change on an annual basis. Tuition payment must be received within two weeks of the invoice date. All cost for a term must be paid prior to the student beginning a subsequent term.

Students are responsible for the following additional costs: uniforms, textbooks, equipment, housing and commuter costs, medical and malpractice insurance, CPR certification, child abuse clearance, criminal record check, FBI clearance, NLN achievement exams and personal expenses.

The graduating student incurs these additional costs: State board licensure (PA), NCLEX registration, temporary practice permit, graduation uniform, graduation photographs (if desired) and the photograph for the permanent record card, NCLEX readiness tests.

General education courses, designated in the plan of study as college courses, are not included in the tuition cost. These courses may be taken through an accredited college or university.

Bursar information &activities

Tuition
The bursar's office will mail each student an invoice approximately two weeks after the beginning of the term. Students may request any additional invoices at any time. Tuition payment in full is expected within two weeks of the invoice date unless exception is granted by the Geisinger Lewistown Hospital School of Nursing (GLHSON) director. All costs for a semester must be paid prior to the student taking final exams and beginning a subsequent semester. Payment may be made in any of the following forms:

  • Cash
  • Check or money order payable to GLHSON
  • Credit or debit card (VISA or MasterCard)

The student must present their invoice at time of payment. All payments are to be paid at the financial/accounting department located on the fifth floor of the Geisinger Lewistown Hospital. No payments will be accepted at the SON. The school will not issue a grade report/transcript until tuition and fees have been paid in full.

Interest charges
Interest at the rate of one percent per month will be assessed and added to an outstanding balance more than 30 days old.

Returned (NSF) checks
It is understood that if student's (parent's or guardian's) check is returned to the school for insufficient funds, it will be reprocessed once and a service charge equal to the fee charged
by the bank will be added. If said check is returned a second time, student (parent or guardian) must pay in cash or with a money order.

If a student receives more aid than the student owes, a refund will be deposited in the students/parents personal bank account within fourteen days of the credit balance.

Financial responsibilities

Students are responsible for the following additional costs: uniforms, textbooks, equipment, housing and commuter costs, medical and malpractice insurance, ATI (assessment technologies Institute), CPR certification, child abuse clearance, criminal record check, NLN achievement exams, graduation fees, challenge exam fees (if applicable), and personal expenses. The graduating student incurs these additional costs: state board licensure (PA), NCLEX registration, temporary practice permit, graduation uniform and graduation photographs (if desired).

General education courses taken through Harrisburg Area Community College, Lewistown, PA, designated in the plan of study as college courses, will be included in the tuition cost.