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The financial affordability of this program is an important consideration for students. See below for information on financial topics from the cost of attendance to student aid to education tax credits. Both prospective and current students will find the information useful for learning more about the school’s financial policies and procedures.
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|Test of Essential Academic Skills (nonrefundable)||$0|
|Total Pre-enrollment fees||$0|
TERM I - 450 Clock Hours (1/5/2021 - 5/7/2021)
|Skills and Simulation Lab Fee||$127.50|
|ATI Virtual Lab Fee||$1,224|
|Occupational Medicine - Includes history & Physical, Immunization review, & Accommodations support||$69.36|
|Student Activity Fee||$25.50|
|National Association of LPNs, Inc. (NALPN) membership||$25.50|
|Required Uniforms & Equipment||$255|
|Required Textbooks -- estimated*
|Laptop computer, if needed - estimated**||$798.68|
TERM II - 450 Clock Hours (5/10/2021 - 9/4/2021)
|ATI Virtual Lab Fee||$510|
|Student Activity Fee||$25.50|
TERM III - 300 Clock Hours (9/7/2021 - 11/20/2021)
|Application for Licensure||$145.86|
|Total IGH Tuition 2020-2021||$17,320.10|
Students will need an additional $200 to register to take the NCLEX-PN exam.
* Cannot be paid with financial aid.
** Students may purchase these items through the school or on their own.
Tuition and fees are charged by term. If your tuition and fees are not fully covered by financial aid or other funding sources, you have the option of entering into a Payment Plan agreement with IGH which divides each semester balance due into two payments each semester. Our Payment Plan is designed to assist those students who may find it difficult to pay the total tuition bill before the semester begins and/or would like to reduce the amount you need to borrow. The Payment Plan is usually set up during the required post-acceptance financial meeting and carries a $50 fee.
Students who withdraw from the Practical Nursing program before completion may be entitled to a full or partial refund of their institutional costs. (Due to restrictions from the school's suppliers, books and electronics cannot be returned to IGHSPN for credit.)
Any student eligible for a refund who receives Title IV federal financial aid (Pell Grant, Stafford Loan, FPLUS) must have her/his aid recalculated and a portion repaid to the federal government, as mandated by the US Department of Education.
All students are subject to the IGH Refund Policy. Those in particular who receive federal aid will be recalculated as required by the Department of Education. Regarding Title IV, any unearned funds as a result of a premature separation from the institution or incomplete term that results in a balance at the institution will be subject to the IGH Refund Policy.
View the full Tuition Refund Procedure.
The Isabella Graham Hart School of Practical Nursing is pleased to offer CARES Act funds to eligible students. All students are encouraged to apply, and CARES Act funding will be distributed to all Full Time Title IV eligible students.
Please fill out the CARES Act Funds form to apply.
Rochester General Hospital Isabella Graham Hart School of Practical Nursing (the Institution) acknowledges that the Institution signed and returned to the US Department of Education (the Department) the Recipient’s Funding Certification and Agreement Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Recipient’s Funding Certification and Agreement for the Institutional Portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Formula Grants Authorized by Section 18004(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and that the Institution has used 100% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
The total amount of funds that the Institution received from the Department pursuant to the Institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students was $114,632.
As of November 1, 2020, the total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants funds that have been distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act was $114,632. The Institution distributed the funds equally to 275 eligible students.
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What aid programs are available?
How do I apply?
For the August Cohort – Beginning October 1, 2021 all students must complete the 2022-23 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) . FAFSA school code is 015201 (“Rochester General-Isabella Graham Hart School of Practical Nursing”). Use the "IRS Data Retrieval Tool" within the FAFSA to have the IRS import income information from your tax return into your FAFSA.
For the January Cohort – Upon application to the college, all students must complete the current (2021-2022) Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Beginning October 1, 2021 all students must complete the 2022-23 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) . The FAFSA school code is 015201 (“Rochester General-Isabella Graham Hart School of Practical Nursing”). Use the "IRS Data Retrieval Tool" within the FAFSA to have the IRS import income information from your tax return into your FAFSA.
TAP Tip: To transfer information from your FAFSA directly over to your TAP application on the HESC.ny.gov website, look for the signature page of your FAFSA where it says, "Apply for TAP". If you missed the link on the FAFSA that says "Apply for TAP," you will receive information from HESC about how to apply. You can also log into tapweb.org to start the process.
Are there other grants I can apply for?
What if I might need a student loan? First, speak with your financial aid counselor or visit studentaid.gov. Using the tab that states “Complete Aid Process,” select the drop down option to complete (1) a Master Promissory Note and (2) Entrance Counseling if you have not already completed both forms to borrow here or at any other school. Our school name is listed as “Rochester General-IGHSPN”. Neither form commits you to borrowing; the final part of the borrowing process is done through the IGHSPN Financial Aid Office.
Can I get financial aid if I have a student loan in default? No, you are not eligible for ANY federal or NYS financial aid. However, most students are able to originate a variety of default rehabilitation federal loan options including consolidation of loans at studentaid.gov (use Manage Loans tab to the far right) to find direction on managing all of their Direct loans, including any in default. Start NOW, if rehabilitation is required this process can take up to 6 months.
How much aid am I eligible for? Accepted students are required to meet individually with Raquel Heath, the IGHSPN Financial Aid Advisor, to review aid eligibility and/or meet with the bursar team to finalize payment arrangements. Students will leave the counseling session with an understanding of how to access their funding estimate on line and how to view their Student Account Record through the student portal detailing the costs of the program. The funding estimate reflects the estimated financial aid you are eligible for. Students will also receive their student account ledger which reflects the amount applied to your account and the due date of any payment you may owe to the school and any refund you may be eligible for.
Students will be charged tuition and fees at the beginning of each term. Payment in full is due two weeks before the first day of each term. Students with confirmed financial aid will be allowed to defer payment of each term’s charges in this order:
Be aware that, regardless of the order in which aid was used to defer payment, financial aid will be credited toward the student’s charges in the order it is received until all charges are paid in full for that term, with the following exception: if funds from TAP, Rochester Works or WIA have not been received but have been documented at the time that Federal Pell and Direct Loan funds are received, IGHSPN will continue the original deferment against these sources of aid before crediting the Pell and/or loan(s) to the student’s account. Any credit balance* (that is, aid that exceeds that term’s charges) will then be paid by check to the student to use toward other education-related expenses, such as transportation, housing, food, clothing, etc. Payments to students in with processed federal and state aid in good standing are made no later than four weeks after the first day of Term 1, and no earlier than the half way point of earned clock hours for all other terms. If you withdraw before completing the program, your aid will be adjusted in accordance with federal regulations regardless of the order in which your aid was deferred or paid (see “Tuition Refund Procedure")
The Practical Nursing program has three payment periods: the first two are 450 clock hours and 15 weeks each, the third is 300 hours and ten weeks.
Students must attend/complete all of the hours in the current payment period before they become eligible for the next payment period’s federal financial aid disbursement. However, excused absences (see definition in “Attendance” section of the current Student Handbook) from class and/or lab that do not exceed the maximum allowed amount of hours per term in the amount of 45* hours, and from clinical that do not exceed 15* hours, will count toward that payment period’s total number of completed hours.________________
*These are the maximum number of hours that can be missed cumulatively, for the entire program, not just for one payment period.
This policy explains the federal academic requirements to maintain eligibility for Federal Title IV financial aid at the Undergraduate level and clock hours. Federal regulations required RGCOHC to establish, publish and apply reasonable standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for financial aid eligibility.
The purpose of measuring and enforcing these standards is to ensure financial aid recipients make progress toward graduation. Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for financial aid purposes measures a student’s progress relative to their length of enrollment. RGCOHC Financial Aid Standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress measures a student’s progress towards certificate or degree completion using both qualitative (GPA) and quantitative (unites completed compared to units attempted). To be eligible for financial aid at RGCOHC, students must meet or exceed these standards. The standards apply to all clock hour programs and college coursework taken, including coursework transferred from another institution. Academic progress is reviewed annually per term and per semester. Students who fail to meet the Standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress will have their financial aid eligibility suspended. For more information, please refer to the Standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress.
Federal Pell Grant
Federal Direct Loan
Federal Parent PLUS Loan for Undergraduates
Marie E. Zito, RN, Scholarship
Michael B. Kaplin Scholarship
Norma Y. Horn Nursing Excellence Scholarship
RGHA Nursing Scholarship
Sallie Langie Nursing Scholarship
To be eligible to receive federal financial aid (Federal Pell Grant, Federal SEOG Grant, and/or Federal Student Loans), you must be maintaining progress toward your degree. Maintaining academic progress at Rochester General College of Health means you must:
The qualitative measure of satisfactory completion of each payment period/Term is the student’s grade for each individual course that s/he has completed to date because this is the method used by the school to measure progress toward program completion. Students must achieve a final grade of at least 75% in Anatomy and Physiology and at least 80% in PN I, PN II, and PN III. These are the same grades required for graduation from RGCOHC. For credit bearing courses the qualitative standard of 2.0 must be maintained or a GPA of at least a “C” average.
For purposes of federal SAP only, students transferring into RGCOHC with Advanced Placement (hereafter referred to as “AP students”) have the transfer courses that are accepted toward the RGCOHC certificate assigned a grade equal to the minimum passing grade stated in the preceding paragraph. For students that withdraw from RGCOHC, the grade of all classes in progress but not completed by the student’s last day of attendance is considered zero.
Quantitative - Pace of Completion toward Maximum Timeframe
The quantitative component evaluates the maximum time frame in which students must complete their educational program, and a pace of completion that ensures they will complete the program within that timeframe.
Students may receive aid within a federally-defined period no longer than 150% of the number of weeks in the program. There are 40 weeks in RGCOHC’s PN program; 40 x 150% = 60 so students’ maximum time frame for completion is 60 weeks. Please read more about the Pace of Completion below.
Pace of completion, like grades, is evaluated at the end of each payment period. Pace is calculated as a percentage of the number of weeks in the program (40) divided by the maximum allowable number of weeks (60), which is 66.7%. Thus, in order to remain eligible for federal student aid in the next payment period, students must successfully complete at least 66.7% of the cumulative weeks and 66.7% of the cumulative clock hours scheduled/attempted in the program thus far. Each student’s pace is calculated by dividing the cumulative number of hours and weeks the student has successfully completed by the cumulative number of hours and weeks the student has attempted (for students that withdraw from and later return to RGCOHC, cumulative hours and weeks include those in the previous attempt plus those in the current attempt). Each student’s Student Account Record shows dates, scheduled weeks, and scheduled hours in each payment period, referred to on that document as Terms 1, 2, and 3. AP students will have their accepted coursework translated into clock hours and included in both attempted and completed hours.
“Successful completion” is defined at RGCOHC as receiving a passing grade (75% in Anatomy and Physiology and at least 80% in PN I, PN II, and PN III) in each individual course scheduled for completion by the end of that payment period/Term. Current/interim grade in courses that are in progress and will continue into the next payment period are not considered; the final grade will be evaluated at the end of the payment period in which the course is actually completed. The one exception to this is when a student is seeking to return to RGCOHC after having previously withdrawn. The grade of all classes that were in progress but not completed by the student’s last day of attendance is considered zero. However, the school allows students to return and attempt the program a second time, and so also allows federal student aid to be used for one repeat of courses that the student already completed and one additional attempt at uncompleted courses. AP students are considered to have successfully completed all courses that have been accepted for credit toward graduation from RGCOHC.
Credit Hour Programs – Pace of completion will be evaluated at the end of each payment period for programs lasting one year or less. For longer programs the evaluation will be done on an annual basis and will correspond with a payment period. Pace is calculated as a percentage of the number of weeks in the program. A student must meet at least 67% of credit bearing courses. A student’s GPA and pace of completion are affected by course incompletes, withdrawals, repetitions and transfer credits from other schools.
Rochester General College of Health Careers evaluates academic standing at the end of each marking period or term based upon the students’ progress towards completion and cannot take place until final grades have been posted. This review will determine academic eligibility for the upcoming semester or term. Every student who applies for financial aid must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress, regardless of whether they are a first time applicant or have received financial aid in the past. Financial aid offered for the projected year ahead is subject to cancellation if the minimum standards of satisfactory academic progress were not met in the prior year.
When a student returns from a period of non-attendance such as a leave of absence from RGCOHC, all prior academic activity will be included in future SAP evaluations.
Each student’s record will be reviewed by the institution. Students will be notified of their failure to meet the SAP standards by email notification from the Financial Aid Office.
Students failing to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards will lose their financial aid eligibility. Such students will be placed on academic warning and will be notified in writing of their status by the Financial Aid Office. Read more about the Academic Warning below.
Students terminated from receiving financial aid can reestablish eligibility by successfully earning the cumulative credits and GPA required for SAP. A student with the ability to pay for one’s classes or a student deciding to sit out a semester is not sufficient to reestablish the financial aid eligibility of a student who has failed to meet SAP. If a special or unusual circumstance contributed to a student’s lack of satisfactory academic progress, the student may appeal the denial of financial aid.
When students fail to meet SAP, they are placed on Academic Warning for a period of one term or semester. Students are placed on an academic warning list and are required to adhere to the academic improvement plan (AIP) designed in support of student success. Academic support is documented on the AIP which is completed by the assigned advisor.
RGCOHC students who have been placed on academic warning will meet with their advisors for an academic improvement plan. RGCOHC promotes and supports student’s academic achievement though a variety of teaching and learning methodologies. Students are required to demonstrate ongoing efforts to improve academic success when at risk of being successful in the program. To promote academic success, the faculty and the student will jointly develop an academic improvement plan.
Rochester Regional College of Health Careers grants a Leave of Absence (LOA) to an eligible when they are enrolled and there is a reasonable expectation that the student will return to the program. A LOA is a temporary interruption in a student’s program of study during which the student is considered to be enrolled. A LOA cannot exceed 180 days in any 12 month period and may have a serious impact on a student’s financial aid.
Clock Hour Programs – The student must return to the program from a Leave of Absence and must resume training at the point that they were excused within the academic program
A student who is approved for a leave of absence after receiving financial aid for the semester may be subject to a recalculation. Federal educational loan regulations state that when a student borrower ceases to be enrolled at least half-time for 180 days (6 months) in any 12-month period, the borrower will be considered as withdrawn from school for loan repayment purposes. At that point, the school is required to calculate the amount of financial aid the student earned and the amount of financial aid that must be returned. These calculations are based on the time the student was enrolled. The percentage of the semester the student did not complete is the percentage of aid that must be returned. Once a student completes more than 60% of the semester, the student has earned 100% of the aid they received for that semester.
Student borrowers are given a six month grace period on most types of federal loans starting at the date enrollment ceases. During this time, lenders will treat the borrower’s loans as if the borrower were still enrolled in school full-time. Once a grace period is used on a specific loan, it will not be given again. At the end of this six month grace period, the student will be required to enter repayment on their federal educational loans until they return to school; however, deferment or forbearance options are available if the student makes a request to their lender. The school’s financial aid office can offer guidance on how to effectively navigate this process.
Read more about our Leave of Absence Policy.
Rochester Regional College of Health Careers will promptly readmit a service member with the same academic Status as he had when last attending the school or accepted for admission to the school. No notice is required if called off to duty in operations that are classified or would be compromised by notifying the school.
The student must give written notice of his or her intent to return to school within three years after the period of service. If the student is injured or hospitalized during the act of duty, the student must notify the school within two years after the end of the time period required for recovery. Please see the financial aid office for more information on Military Service Members LOA.
Tuition-related costs at Isabella Graham Hart School of Practical Nursing and the RGH College of Health Careers are supported through partnerships and/or grants with:
Let us help you pay for school! Apply for one of our two $500 scholarships, and use the funds to make a difference in your education and future career. One scholarship will be awarded to each orientation session in the spring and in the fall. Please note, you must demonstrate financial need and have an active account in good standing with Advantage Federal Credit Union to be considered for the scholarship.
Please use the Advantage Credit Union Scholarship form to apply.
Joseph Zito established this Scholarship Fund in perpetuity as a restricted endowment fund at the Rochester General Hospital Foundation. He gave these funds in loving memory of his wife, Marie, who cared about nurses and patients in this community. This award is given to the student with the highest academic average.
This scholarship is awarded at graduation based on GPA.
The Michael B. Kaplan Scholarship at the Isabella Graham Hart School of Practical Nursing honors Michael B. Kaplan, a student who matriculated in August of 2006, excited about embarking on a second career. Those plans were cut short by his tragic, sudden death at age 36. His family and friends have chosen to honor his commitment and to carry on his spirit by establishing a scholarship for a male student who embodies Mike’s dedication to caring for others and who is embarking on nursing as a second career at IGHSPN. He articulated his long term plan – first to complete his LPN and work with terminally ill children, then to become an RN, and later perhaps a nurse anesthetist. In his short time at IGHSPN, Michael demonstrated his enthusiasm, his diligence and his extraordinary work ethic. It is our wish that the recipient of the Michael B. Kaplan Scholarship will embody the spirit, the focus and the determination that Mike exemplified. This scholarship will be awarded twice per year at graduation in June and November in the amount of $1500.
Criteria: Applicants must be a male student at Isabella Graham Hart School of Practical nursing with evidence of successful completion of semester II.
To apply, please provide:
Please apply using the Michael B. Kaplan Scholarship form.
Norma Y. Horn Excellence Award is given annually to a student who demonstrates clinical excellence. Norma Y. Horn was a nurse, wife, and Rochester General Hospital Association (RGHA) board member who exemplified the qualities of strong leadership, accomplishment, quality standards, and compassion. She was altruistic and generous, and someone who gave unconditionally.
The Rochester General Hospital Association is committed to supporting the education of students at IGH. The scholarship is given to a student who possesses the qualities necessary to become a successful nurse: compassion, respect, empathy, open-mindedness and has excellent communication and problem solving skills. The student works as part of a clinical team and provides valuable contributions to improve the overall wellbeing of patients.
To apply, please fill out the Rochester General Hospital Association Scholarship form.
The Sally Langie Nursing Scholarship is sponsored through an endowment that was started from Sally and Louis Langie to recognize a member of the nursing student body for pursuing a nursing career and demonstrating outstanding leadership. This peer-nominated scholarship acknowledges a student nurse that demonstrates the qualities and personal attributes of a reflective leader.
To apply, please fill out the Sally Langie Nursing Scholarship form.
The Dr. Celia McIntosh Scholarship at the Isabella Graham Hart School of Practical Nursing honors Dr. Celia McIntosh, a single mom, nurse, educator, clinician, consultant, and human rights advocate. Scholarship applicants must be a resident of the city of Rochester, a student of color (either African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, Pacific Islander, Alaskan Native, or of Native American origin), a student with disability, or a single parent in need of financial help who intends to pursue higher education in the field of nursing or medicine. Scholarship funds are to be used toward tuition, books, and/or student expenses.
Please apply using the Celia McIntosh Scholarship Form.
The Greece Chamber Charitable Foundation awards scholarship(s) in support of the training and education of nursing students recommended by the leadership of the Isabella Graham Hart School of Practical Nursing and Rochester Regional Health System. The 2020-2021 scholarships were made possible from the Foundation's Daniel E. Richardson Memorial Fund.
Daniel E. Richardson owned and ran Latta Road Nursing Home for many years, and was a founding member of the Greece Chamber Charitable Foundation Board of Directors, where he helped shape and support business training and mentorship experiences for young people.
Established and overseen by the Greece Chamber Charitable Foundation Board of Directors, the Daniel E. Richardson Memorial Fund provides nursing education scholarships to students in our community. We are proud to be recognizing and extending the legacy of excellence in nursing that was such a central theme in Dan's life.
Priority may be given to Greece residents, students/recent graduates of the Greece Central School District, and/or employees/recent employees of Unity Hospital in Greece.
The Foundation will make final selections from candidates recommended by the Nursing School. Scholarship funds are intended to subsidize education-related expenses for the selected students in efforts to lessen financial burdens while pursuing their certification or continued study in the nursing field.
The Josepha L. Blotzer Scholarship Fund will award a scholarship of $1,000 per semester for a student enrolled in the Nursing AAS degree program who is the parent or legal guardian of at least one minor child, and who exhibits leadership and mentor qualities.
To apply, please fill out the Josepha L. Blotzer Scholarship Fund Application.
The Olivieri Family Foundation Scholarship is funded through an endowment. The scholarship is selected by program leadership and provided to a student who understands the lived experiences of others making them better positioned to advocate for patients, students, and the community. Please reach out to the financial team for more information.
Transitioning from military life to civilian life is a process that creates a lot of challenges, and the Isabella Graham Hart School of Practical Nursing (IGHSPN) is dedicated to ensuring that you will always have the support and help you need. We will be there for you every step of the way–from the first conversation with us and beyond.
Your GI Bill benefits may enable you, a spouse, or a dependent to attend the Isabella Graham Hart School of Practical Nursing at no cost if:
If you have any questions, concerns, or need guidance, please contact our Veteran Liaison, Raquel Heath.
IGHSPN is proud to offer Veteran Support in our Financial Aid Office. Our team is ready to assist you navigate financial aid packages and manage the switch from military service to college.
Evening programs are available in support of busy work/family schedules. Our Student Services team–which includes counseling and student accessibility services–are ready to help you thrive.
Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is awarded to a student with the assumption that the student will attend school for the entire period for which the assistance was awarded. When a student withdraws, the student may no longer be eligible for the full amount of TA funds originally awarded.
To comply with the new Department of Defense policy, IGHSPN will return any unearned TA funds on a proportional basis through at least the 60% of the period for which the funds were provided. TA funds are earned proportionally during an enrollment period, with unearned funds returned based upon when a student stops attending.
If a service member stops attending due to a military service obligation, IGHSPN will work with the affected service member to identify solutions that will not result in a student debt for the returned portion.
When a student "officially" withdraws from the program, the date of withdrawal will be used as the last date of attendance.
IGHSPN will recalculate your TA eligibility based on the following formula: Number of days completed / Total days of the course = Percent earned
Determining eligibility for TA is term-specific. The start and end date will be used for each class to determine eligibility. Using the formula above, IGHSPN will be required to return some or all of the TA awarded to service members that did not complete at least 60% of each course - possibly creating a balance on you IGHSPN student account.
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