Frequently Asked Questions

  1. I am very interested in applying to St. Elizabeth College of Nursing. How do I learn more?
  2. I am interested in the SUNY Poly/SECON 1+2+1 Program. How is the tuition charged?
  3. I am a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Do I have to complete all four semesters to complete the program?
  4. Is it possible to enter the nursing program in the spring semester?
  5. I applied but have not heard back about my application. How long does the process take?
  6. Is student housing available?
  7. What does it cost to attend St. Elizabeth College of Nursing?
  8. Who shall I contact to discuss student services available for: International Students, Disabled, and/or Veterans?
  9. I took college course work several years ago. Will these credits transfer?
  10. What if the financial aid that I accept is greater than the charges on my bill?
  11. How do I apply for financial aid?
  12. I have an advanced degree; will I be eligible for financial aid?
  13. If I receive unanticipated scholarships and/or awards during the year, will my financial aid be affected?
  14. Can my financial aid be cancelled?
  15. I am interested in the weekend/evening program. How does the program work?
  16. I received a denial letter. What should I do?
  17. Is there an application fee?
  18. Is there an application deadline?
  19. As a high school student how can I increase my chances of being accepted?
  20. I am an out-of-state resident. How is my tuition calculated?
  21. How is financial aid applied to my account?
  22. How often do I apply for financial aid?

I am very interested in applying to St. Elizabeth College of Nursing. How do I learn more?

You may contact the Admissions Department at (315) 801-8347 or email: conadmis@secon.edu. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday, primarily 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. For after hours, please leave your name, number and brief message and someone will return your call within a reasonable time frame.

If interested in applying, you may download the application materials and send them directly to:

St. Elizabeth College of Nursing
Attn: Admissions Department
2215 Genesee Street
Utica, New York 13501

If possible, register and attend one of our Open Houses. Dates for our upcoming Open House are on the home page of our website.

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I am interested in the SUNY Poly/SECON 1+2+1 Program. How is the tuition charged?

Students accepted into the program will be charged the current SUNY Poly tuition for years 1 and 4. In years 2 and 3, the student is fully matriculated at St. Elizabeth College of Nursing and, therefore, charged the current St. Elizabeth College of Nursing tuition rate for all nursing courses. During this time, additional general education and/or science courses taken will be charged the SUNY Poly tuition rate. All financial aid/billing is done through SUNY Poly in years 1 and 4 and St. Elizabeth College of Nursing in years 2 and 3.

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I am a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Do I have to complete all four semesters to complete the program?

Yes. St. Elizabeth College of Nursing feels that LPN's need the full scope of the program to assure success.

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Is it possible to enter the nursing program in the spring semester?

No. Our nursing courses are taught sequentially beginning with the fall semester (e.g. NUR116 Fundamentals of Nursing). Students must successfully pass each semester in order to progress.

However, transfer nursing students may be accepted into the spring semester. Applicants will be required to submit an official transcript and nursing course syllabus to determine placement in our program.

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I applied but have not heard back about my application. How long does the process take?

St. Elizabeth College of Nursing considers many excellent applicants for freshman admission - more than we can possibly admit.

Applications received by the deadline (January 31st) will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Starting in February, the Committee will select those applicants who meet our initial criteria for acceptance to the College. Those applicants will be required to attend an advisement meeting with College personnel. As an institution, we believe it is extremely important for your success that you and our nursing program are a good match for each other.

Once the Admissions Committee has finished the advisement process, all applicants will be notified of the final outcome as soon as possible.

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Is student housing available?

St. Elizabeth College of Nursing offers students the opportunity to live in rental homes conveniently located adjacent to the College and Medical Center campus. Since there are a limited number of houses available for rent, applications will be accepted on a first come first serve basis.

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What does it cost to attend St. Elizabeth College of Nursing?

The estimated cost for the full program is $31,650.00. Non-nursing courses successfully completed prior to enrollment will result in lower tuition cost. To view current rates, visit the Tuition and Fees page.
Note: The College of Nursing reserves the right to change policies and revise costs as deemed necessary without prior notice.

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Who shall I contact to discuss student services available for: International Students, Disabled, and/or Veterans?

The Dean of Student & Faculty Development serves as the Disability Services Coordinator.
Contact information: (315) 801-3034.

The Director of Finance & Enrollment serves as the International Students and Veterans Coordinator. Contact information: (315) 801-8206.

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I took college course work several years ago. Will these credits transfer?

College courses taken at a regionally accredited institution that meets our curriculum plan outline, have the appropriate credit hours, and are passed with a grade of "C" or better, may be transferred. College science courses taken greater than 5 years prior to entry will need to be repeated or challenged through an examination. (for example: Anatomy & Physiology I and II, Microbiology). Most often this is attained through Excelsior College (www.excelsior.edu); however, some individuals are more comfortable, or it may be a recommendation by the Admissions Committee, to retake the science course(s).

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What if the financial aid that I accept is greater than the charges on my bill?

Financial aid in excess of your semester costs will be refunded to you after monies are received from the federal and/or state government and processed to your account. Refund checks are generally available at the end of September for the fall semester and the end of February for the spring semester. Students should come prepared to meet their living expenses prior to issuance of refund checks.

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How do I apply for financial aid?

After January 1, you may file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on line at www.FAFSA.ed.gov. Our school code is: 006461. Results will be sent electronically to our financial aid office. Once all of the FAFSA information is verified, students will be sent an official award letter.

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I have an advanced degree; will I be eligible for financial aid?

Students who have a BS degree or higher, will no longer be eligible for a federal PELL grant regardless of income. There may be limits on New York State TAP and/or Federal Student Loans. Contact the financial aid office at (315) 801-8206 for more information or clarification.

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If I receive unanticipated scholarships and/or awards during the year, will my financial aid be affected?

By law, financial aid and the estimated family contribution (EFC) are not permitted to exceed cost of attendance of the program. Therefore, we are required to adjust your total aid to keep it in balance with your estimated expenses. You are required to let us know of any additional scholarships, grants, or loans not shown on the award letter.

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Can my financial aid be cancelled?

All federal financial aid will be cancelled if a student is currently in default on an educational loan, owes a refund on a federal grant, has borrowed in excess of set loan limits, or fails to meet the academic eligibility requirements.

The availability of funding is tentative at the time awards are made. The College may change or cancel any awards offered if the anticipated federal and/or state funding changes.

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I am interested in the weekend/evening program. How does the program work?

Theory and clinical are generally conducted on a two weekend on/1 weekend off rotation with theory one to two evenings during the week, generally Monday and/or Wednesday from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm.

If Anatomy & Physiology I and II are both successfully completed within 5 years prior to enrollment year, the program can be completed in two (2) years instead of three (3).

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I received a denial letter. What should I do?

St. Elizabeth College of Nursing is a very competitive program. Unfortunately, not everyone will meet the admission standards. If you wish to reapply, we recommend that you contact the Admissions Coordinator for advisement. Per policy, we will not accept an application after two (2) denials.

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Is there an application fee?

Yes, there is a $50 non-refundable application fee (if postmarked by January 31st) and $65 if postmarked after that date. Once accepted, a $50 matriculation deposit is required.

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Is there an application deadline?

Yes, January 31 for Fall enrollment.

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As a high school student how can I increase my chances of being accepted?

You should maintain a solid "B" or better grade point average overall and particularly within these essential courses: biology, chemistry, math and english. Take the SAT and/or ACT. We are seeking an acceptable score of 500 or better in both the Verbal and Math segment of the SAT and/or a composite of 22 or greater in the ACT exam. Allow time to re-take the tests in order to improve your scores. Apply prior to the deadline date.

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I am an out-of-state resident. How is my tuition calculated?

The College charges the same tuition rate for all nursing courses, whether you are in state or out-of-state. However; general education and science courses, which are taken locally at another college, will be charged double tuition. If cost is a factor, you may consider completing all of the required general education and science courses in your home state prior to attending St. Elizabeth.

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How is financial aid applied to my account?

Financial Aid is generally divided between semesters as shown on your award letter. You will receive credit on your account for scholarships, loans and/or grants for which we have received actual award notices thus reducing the amount you are required to pay.

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How often do I apply for financial aid?

In order to receive financial aid, you must apply each academic year at www.fafsa.gov starting after January 1st of the school term.

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