Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What does it cost to attend St. Elizabeth College of Nursing?
  2. I am a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Do I have to complete all four semesters to complete the program?
  3. Is it possible to enter the nursing program in the spring?
  4. I took college course work several years ago. Will these credits transfer?
  5. I am interested in the SUNYIT/SECON 1+2+1 Program. How is the tuition charged?
  6. What if the financial aid that I accept is greater than the charges on my bill?
  7. I am very interested in applying to St. Elizabeth College of Nursing and am interested in learning more, what should I do?
  8. How do I apply for Financial Aid?
  9. I have an advanced degree; will I be eligible for Financial Aid?
  10. If I receive unanticipated aid during the year, will my financial aid be affected?
  11. Can my financial aid be cancelled?
  12. Who shall I contact to discuss student services available for: International, Disabled, and Veterans?
  13. I am interested in the weekend/evening program. How does the program work?
  14. I received a denial letter. What should I do?
  15. I applied but have not heard back about my application. How long does the process take?
  16. Do you have dorms/student housing?
  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?

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

The estimated cost for the full program is $29,600.00. Non-nursing courses successfully completed prior to enrollment will result in lower tuition cost. You can expect to pay $400.00 per credit hour for all nursing courses taken at the College. The cost for completion of remaining general education and science courses is based on current cost per credit hour at the designated college. The Enrollment Manager/Financial Aid Director will assist you in determining actual costs. Note: Tuition cost is current as of this date and is subject to change.

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

We have an Advanced Placement opportunity for the Licensed Practical Nurse. After meeting all admission requirements and receiving acceptance, the LPN may be exempt from the first nursing course (Nursing 116) providing the following criteria are met: Successful completion of the NACE (Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exam) with a score of 75% or higher, and successful completion of the Nursing 1000 LPN to RN Transition Course (pass/fail course grade) offered in the summer preceding the learner's academic year. The Nursing 1000 is a 22.5 hour course.

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

There are two exceptions to fall enrollment:

LPNs, who have taken and successfully completed the LPN Transition Course (NU1000) at St. Elizabeth College of Nursing the prior summer, may be allowed to enter in the spring providing space is available. (See additional information regarding Advanced Placement)

Transfer nursing students with completed nursing courses may be accepted into the spring providing the course work completed in another nursing program fits within the nursing course sequence of our program. The Academic Dean or President will be consulted to determine placement.

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

College courses taken that meet 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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I am interested in the SUNYIT/SECON 1+2+1 Program. How is the tuition charged?

Students accepted into the program will be charged the current SUNYIT 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 sciences courses taken will be charged the SUNYIT tuition rate. All financial aid/billing is done through SUNYIT in years 1 and 4 and St. Elizabeth College of Nursing in years 2 and 3.

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

Aid in excess of your bill will be refunded to you once the funds are received from the federal or state government. Refund checks are generally available 30 days after the start of classes each semester. Students should come prepared to meet their living expenses prior to issuance of refund checks.

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I am very interested in applying to St. Elizabeth College of Nursing and am interested in learning more, what should I do?

You may contact the Enrollment Department at (315) 798-8347. 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.

The admission requirements are listed on our website under admissions requirements. If you meet the admission requirements, you may download the application materials and send them to the Enrollment Management Assistant. If possible, register and attend one of our Open Houses. Information about Open House dates are on the home page of our website.

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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 to our Enrollment Manager/Financial Aid Director who will meet with accepted students to determine financial aid awards. All FAFSA information must be verified before the College can disburse aid.

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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. Limits on New York State TAP and outstanding federal student loans will be reviewed at the time you meet with the Enrollment Manager/Financial Aid Director.

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If I receive unanticipated aid 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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Who shall I contact to discuss student services available for: International, Disabled, and Veterans?

The Academic Dean serves as the liaison for students requiring disability information/services. For information or questions pertaining to Veterans or International status, you may contact the Enrollment Manager/Financial Aid Director.

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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).

If A&P I and II are both successfully completed within 5 years prior to enrollment year, the program can be completed in 2 years or it becomes a 3 year track program.

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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. You may contact the Enrollment Manager for some helpful advice.

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

Once an application is complete (all required materials have been received), the application is forwarded to the Admissions & Public Relations Committee for review. This committee meets twice: once in January for those applications received by January 1 and again in March for those applications received after January 31. It is your responsibility to ensure that submission of your application materials is complete; e.g. all official transcripts and references. Your assistance in this will make the process go more smoothly. You will receive notification of an admissions decision by the College's Enrollment Manager. At any time you can contact the Admissions Department to determine readiness for completion.

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Do you have dorms/student housing?

No; however, there is student housing available at SUNYIT, which is a short distance from the College (approximately 7 miles). Visit: http://www.sunyit.edu/campus_living. Some students chose to secure a nearby apartment.

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Is there an application fee?

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

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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 general education and science courses required within our curriculum in the state you reside.

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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 grants for which we have received actual award notices thus reducing the amount you are required to pay. When the funds are received they will be used to pay your tuition, fees, and, if applicable, any room and board charges.

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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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