Post-Master's Certificate Financial Aid

Post Master’s Certificate students can complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be offered federal student loans.  In order to receive a federal student loan, a PMC student must be enrolled in at least 5 hours a semester. 

Is the Financial Aid sufficient to cover the cost of the program and living expenses?

Students find that the monies they receive in Federal loans covers the cost of the program and modest living expenses.

How Do I Qualify for Financial Aid?

PMC financial aid consists federal student loans or a student can choose to apply for a private student loan.  The federal student loans offered are considered non-need based aid.  Non-need based aid for graduate students includes Unsubsidized loans and Federal Graduate PLUS loans on which the interest accrues from the date of disbursement. In order to qualify for federal student loans, a student must be enrolled in at least five credit hours per semester and be degree seeking.   Post master’s certificate students are not eligible for internal scholarships but may qualify for federal student loans. 

How Do I Apply?

To be offered federal student loans, a current or prospective student must complete one application: the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) ( https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa ). Our school code for the FAFSA is 003535.

Your tax information from the prior, prior tax year as well as other factors on the FAFSA, combine to form an Expected Family Contribution (E.F.C.) figure. Regardless of the income reported on the FAFSA, you will be offered the full eligibility of non-need based federal student loans.     The FAFSA must be filed annually and is available in October, prior to the year in which you would need the aid.  All external scholarship applications must be initiated by the student.  

Students will complete online promissory notes, entrance counseling and a credit check (for the Grad PLUS loan only) once they receive an official financial aid notification from the VUSN Student Financial Services Office. 

How are financial aid awards disbursed?

All financial aid is credited directly to a student's account. A financial aid file must be complete in order for available funds to credit the student account. Federal student loans are disbursed at the beginning of each semester. In order to receive a loan, promissory notes must be completed online and approved before loan funds disburse to the student account.  All loans are disbursed in two or three equal installments to the student's account at the beginning of each semester.

What if I have additional questions?

Questions regarding financial aid should be directed to:

Kristie Smith, Director, Student Financial Services
Address: Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
180 School of Nursing Bldg.
Nashville, TN 37240
Phone: 615-322-8986
Toll Free: 800-211-2186
Email:  kristie.L.smith@vanderbilt.edu