Tuition and Financial Aid FAQ

Tuition and Billing

How much does the Nursing@Georgetown program cost?
Tuition is based on the number of credits for which you register. Current tuition rates can be found on our Graduate Nursing Online Tuition and Fees page.

Are there additional fees assessed on top of tuition?
Additional program fees can be found on the Office of Billing and Payment Services website.

How much is the enrollment deposit, and when is it due?
There is a $500 non-refundable enrollment deposit due once admitted.

Can I use financial aid to cover the deposit?
No, federal student aid cannot be used to pay the deposit.

Will I be able to view my award package before submitting the deposit?
Yes, you may view your financial aid package before you submit your enrollment deposit.

When will I receive a tuition bill, and when is payment due?
Bills will be issued according to the billing calendar for each semester and will be issued electronically. Students will receive an email notification that a bill has been posted, and they should review the bill for accuracy online at Student Account Services (via MyAccess). Billing and due date information is available on the Office of Billing and Payment Services website.

How do I view my bill?
Tuition charges for students in the online nursing program are assessed based on the number of credit hours for which they are registered. Bills will be issued electronically and according to the billing calendar for each semester. Students will receive an email notification that a bill has been posted, and they should review the bill for accuracy online at Student Account Services (via MyAccess). The eBill only reflects registration activity up to the billing date. The due date listed on the bill will be definitive and supersedes any date posted elsewhere. Real time account information is also available in Student Account Services.

What are the accepted forms of payment?
Online nursing students may pay online via an electronic check or credit card at Student Account Services (via MyAccess portal). Students may also pay via paper check, cash, money order, or wire transfer. Visit the Office of Billing and Payment Services website for additional information on payment options.

How does my employer go about paying the school?
Your employer, or other third-party entity, will receive an invoice. Prior to invoicing a third-party entity on behalf of a student, documentation detailing the nature of the sponsorship must be submitted by the student and endorsed by the sponsoring entity. To ensure prompt processing, authorizations should be sent via email as PDF attachments to thirdpartybilling@georgetown.edu. For additional information, refer to the “Third Party Billing” section on the Office of Billing and Payment Services website.

Are payment plan options available for online students?
The Office of Billing and Payment Services offers payment plan options during the fall and spring terms.

What are the consequences if my tuition bill is not paid when classes begin?
Payment is due within 30-days of the date that the statement was issued. If payment has not been made by the due date, the account will be forwarded to a collection agency. For more information, visit Revenue and Receivables.

If I’m eligible to receive a refund, what is the process?
The Office of Billing and Payment Services generally requires a student’s request in order for a refund to be generated. Students may request a refund whenever total payments to their account exceed total charges. Requests must be submitted online via MyAccess. Further information on the refund process can be obtained from the Office of the University Registrar.

Who can I contact at Georgetown University for billing questions?
Direct all billing questions to the Office of Billing and Payment Services. Call 202-687-7100 or email studentaccounts@georgetown.edu.

Georgetown University Student Portal

How do I set up my Georgetown email address, ID and Password?
Both the netid and email are provided by the school upon admission via an email process.

What is the Georgetown student portal?
The Georgetown student portal is MyAccess. Your MyAccess account includes access to academic records, billing, financial aid, direct deposit set up, and more. You will need your Georgetown ID and password to log into MyAccess.

Financial Aid at Georgetown University

Does Georgetown offer internal scholarships to online students?
There are numerous external funding opportunities and Scholarships for Nursing Students to explore. You are also welcome to independently research financing options that may be available to you through your employer, local agencies, or private organizations. Reach out to your admissions counselor regarding merit scholarships.

Are there Georgetown specific supplemental financial aid forms I need to complete?
Georgetown does not require any school specific supplemental forms. If you are a new student, and are planning to apply for federal student aid, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), Entrance Counseling and the Loan Agreement Master Promissory Note (MPN) on the Federal Student Aid website.

What federal student aid is available to graduate students?
The types of federal student aid graduate students are eligible to apply for include the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan and the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS loan. Learn more about the types of federal student aid.

Why are graduate students not eligible for the Federal Pell Grant or the Federal Subsidized Loan?
The Department of Education awards Federal Pell Grants and Direct Subsidized Loans to eligible undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need and have not yet completed their bachelor’s degrees. The Department of Education does not evaluate need or income for loans at the graduate or professional level. Therefore, graduate students are not eligible for the Federal Pell Grant nor the Direct Subsidized Loan.

Are there academic requirements I must meet upon admission to receive federal student aid?
Students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) to continue receiving financial aid. Visit the Georgetown University SAP Policy for more information.

What is the minimum number of credits required to receive federal student aid?
You must be registered for at least 5 credits per semester in order to be eligible for federal student aid.

How do I determine full-time, part-time, or half-time enrollment in this program?
Students enrolled in at least 9 credits per term are considered full-time. Students enrolled in 6 credit hours per term are considered part-time. Students enrolled in 4.5 credit hours per term are considered half-time.

What are private loans?
Private education loans, also known as alternative loans, are offered by private lenders to help students bridge the gap between the cost of education and the amount the government allows you to borrow in federal loans. Lenders offer private educational loans with different rates, fees, repayment terms, and approval requirements.

Are private loans offered at Georgetown University?
Private education loans are offered by many lending institutions to assist students and their families with meeting college expenses. Students considering a private education loan program should carefully consider the terms and conditions of the loan.

When will I receive my financial aid award?
Provided you have all the required documents submitted, award letters are available to view and accept 2-4 weeks prior to the start of class.

How do I accept my financial aid award?
Your financial aid award letter will be made available via the MyAccess student portal. You can view, accept, reduce or decline your FA award.

Am I required to accept the full amount that I am offered on my award letter?
No, you can choose to accept all, part or none of your financial aid award.

Does my Direct Loan eligibility cover the entire cost of the program?
Assuming you are eligible for both the Direct Unsubsidized loan and the Direct Graduate PLUS loan, you may borrow for tuition and fees in full for the current academic year.

How soon will loans disburse to my student account?
Federal student loans do not disburse earlier than 10 days prior to the start of classes.

Can I use loans to cover additional expenses such as living expenses, books, supplies, etc.?
The total cost of attendance (COA) for the academic year includes tuition, fees and living expenses. If you have eligibility for additional loan funds based on your COA, you are able to use those resources to cover expenses such as books, supplies, and other miscellaneous expenses.

The total COA budget determines your maximum loan eligibility for your first two semesters. The COA budget includes direct expenses (tuition and fees) billed each semester. The budget also includes allowances for indirect expenses (room and board, books and supplies, travel), which are not billed to your student account. However, you may borrow to cover these expenses if you choose.

Total Cost of Attendance Budget Example:

Semester One Tuition and Fees (6 credits) = $12,851
Semester Two Tuition and Fees (7 credits) = $14,990
Room and Board Allowance = $16,410
Books and Supplies Allowance = $2,250
Personal Allowance (2 semesters) = $4,508
Travel Allowance (2 semesters) = $700
Loan Fees Allowance = $1,380

Total amount billed for first two semesters: $27,841
Maximum loan eligibility for first two semesters: $53,089

Your initial financial aid award package includes your Federal Direct Loan eligibility for semesters one and two. Students in the Nursing@Georgetown program are potentially eligible to receive up to $10,250 per semester in the Federal Direct Unsub Loan, including the summer semester. Students may also apply for the Federal Direct GPL to cover to cover the difference between the Unsubsidized Loan eligibility and the total cost of attendance budget.

Financial Aid Award Package Example:
Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan: $20,500

  • $10,250 semester one
  • $10,250 semester two

Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan: $32,589

  • $16,294 semester one
  • $16,293 semester two

Total Financial Aid Offered = $53,089

The Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan requires a credit authorization, which is used to confirm you do not have adverse credit history (federal loan default, bankruptcy, etc.). You can complete the PLUS credit application while waiting to receive your financial aid award notification. You will receive the credit decision right away, and credit approvals remain valid for six months. If approved, you have the option of borrowing up to the maximum cost of attendance. If denied, you have more time to appeal the decision or add a credit-worthy endorser.

There is an On-Campus Intensive (OCI) required for this program. Am I able to use the loan funds to cover these expenses?
If you have eligibility for additional loan funds/refund, you can use those resources to cover OCI expenses.

Who can I contact at Georgetown for financial aid questions?
For information regarding program costs, a sample loan disbursement, and general financial aid information, please contact Georgetown's Office of Student Financial Services.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

What is the FAFSA?
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) is the application the Department of Education uses to determine if you are eligible to receive federal student aid.

Where can I find the FAFSA?
The FAFSA is available online at FAFSA.ed.gov. The FAFSA is a free application; you will not be asked to pay.

What is the Georgetown University FAFSA school code?
The Georgetown University FAFSA school code is 001445.

Do I need to include my social security number (SSN) in my application for admission to be eligible for aid?
The SSN is used to match completed FAFSA applications with financial aid applicants. If there is no SSN on file at Georgetown for a student, one can be submitted online via MyAccess by following the instructions below:

  • Log in to MyAccess
  • Click on 'Personal Information'
  • Click on 'Provide Social Security Number'

Do I need my parents’ tax information to complete the FAFSA?
If you are applying for graduate school, you are considered an independent student, and do not need to include your parents’ information to complete the FAFSA.

What is the Expected Family Contribution (EFC)?
The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is a measurement of your ability to contribute toward your educational costs. As a graduate/professional student your EFC is not a factor in your eligibility for federal student loans.

When should I complete the FAFSA?
The FAFSA is available every October 1st for the upcoming academic year. New students planning to use federal student aid should complete a FAFSA while applying for admission. Continuing students will need to submit a FAFSA each year they plan to receive federal student aid.

AG-ACNP, FNP, NM/WHNP, WHNP

  • Complete the 2020–2021 academic year FAFSA if you plan to begin classes in January 2021
  • Complete both the 2020-2021 and the 2021-2022 academic year FAFSA if you plan to begin classes in May 2021 
  • Complete the 2021-2022 academic year FAFSA if you plan to begin classes in September 2021 or January 2022.

Do I need to complete the FAFSA each year?
Yes. Because eligibility for federal student aid does not carry over from one award year to the next, you will need to complete the FAFSA for each award year for which you are or plan to be a student.

What constitutes an academic year for federal student aid?
An academic year is the year for which financial aid is used to fund your education. Generally, this is the 12-month period that begins on July 1 of one year and ends on June 30 of the following year.

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan

What is the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan?
The Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan is a federal loan offered to students to help with the cost of education. The Federal Unsubsidized Loan is not based on income or financial need.

What criteria is used to determine eligibility for federal student aid?
The Direct Unsubsidized Loan is not based on income. In order to apply for federal student aid, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
  • Have a valid Social Security Number (SSN)
  • Be registered with Selective Service, if you are male (must register between the ages of 18 and 25)
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an eligible degree program
  • Be enrolled at least half-time in an eligible program
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP)
  • Not currently be in default on previous federal student loans
  • Not have exceeded the maximum aggregate loan limit

Learn more about federal student aid eligibility criteria on the Federal Student Aid website.

How do I find out if I am near my aggregate loan limit or have defaulted on a federal student loan?
Log in on the StudentAid.gov homepage to view your federal student loan borrowing history and loan servicer details. Please note that private education loans are not listed on this site. Students in default are not eligible for additional federal loans. Contact your lender for default resolution options.

What is the aggregate loan limit?
The aggregate loan limit is the total amount that you may borrow in federal student loans for undergraduate and graduate study. In addition to borrowing limitations based on the cost of attendance for the program, students are also limited in terms of lifetime borrowing. The maximum aggregate loan limit for federal loans is $138,500. This amount does not include PLUS loans, nor private loans.

If the total loan amount you receive over the course of your education reaches the aggregate loan limit, you are not eligible to receive additional loans. However, if you repay some of your loans to bring your outstanding loan debt below the aggregate loan limit, you could then borrow again, up to the amount of your remaining eligibility under the aggregate loan limit. You can learn more about graduate annual loan limits on the Federal Student Aid website.

What is the difference between a Direct Unsubsidized Loan and a Direct Subsidized Loan?
Direct Subsidized Loans are available to undergraduate students with financial need. The U.S. Department of Education pays the interest on subsidized loans while students are enrolled in their undergraduate program. The Direct Unsubsidized Loan is available to undergraduate and graduate students and does not require demonstration of financial need. The Unsubsidized Loan begins accruing interest as soon as funds are disbursed. Learn more about the difference between unsubsidized and subsidized loans.

How much am I eligible for with the Direct Unsubsidized Loan?
Most graduate level students are potentially eligible to receive up to $20,500 per academic year from the Direct Unsubsidized Loan. Learn more about graduate annual loan limits.

How do I apply for the Direct Unsubsidized Loan?
To apply for the Direct Unsubsidized Loan, you must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

What is the current Direct Unsubsidized Loan interest rate?
The Direct Unsubsidized Loan interest rate is determined on an annual basis. Learn more about interest rates on the Federal Student Aid website.

Are there any additional loan fees for the Direct Unsubsidized Loan?
There is a loan origination fee that is a percentage of the total loan amount. The loan origination fee is deducted proportionately from each loan disbursement you receive. Information on Unsubsidized Loan origination fees can be found on the Interest Rates and Fees page of the Federal Student Aid website.

Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan

What is the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan?
The Direct Graduate PLUS Loan is a federal loan that graduate or professional degree students can use to help pay education expenses in addition to the Direct Unsubsidized Loan. Learn about Direct PLUS Loans.

Do Direct PLUS Loans affect my aggregate loan limit?
Only Direct Subsidized/Direct Unsubsidized Loans (formerly referred to as Stafford loans) and federal loans made through the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program count toward your aggregate loan limit.

What are the eligibility criteria to apply for the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan?
A credit check will be conducted when applying for the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan. In addition to the federal student aid eligibility criteria, applicants cannot have an adverse credit history.

What are the credit criteria to receive the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan?
One of the eligibility requirements to receive a Graduate PLUS Loan is that you must not have an adverse credit history. A credit check is performed to determine whether a Graduate PLUS Loan applicant meets this requirement.

How much can I borrow from the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan?
If approved for the Grad PLUS Loan, you can borrow up to the cost of attendance as determined by Georgetown University.

When can I apply for the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan?
You can apply for the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan within 180 days of the start of your program, or once you are enrolled.

How do I apply for the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan?
In order to apply for the Direct Graduate PLUS loan, you must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Once you have completed the FAFSA, apply for the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan by completing the credit application on the Federal Student Aid website. Also complete the Graduate PLUS Loan Agreement Master Promissory Note (MPN).

What are the next steps if I’m approved for the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan?
If approved, complete the Graduate PLUS Loan Agreement Master Promissory Note (MPN) on the Federal Student Aid website.

What are my options if I’m denied the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan?
If you are denied the Graduate PLUS Loan, you may reapply with an endorser or follow instructions on the U.S. Department of Education’s website to appeal the denial.

What is the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan current interest rate?
The Direct Graduate PLUS Loan interest rate is determined at the beginning of each academic year, and is available on the Federal Student Aid website.

Are there any additional loan fees for the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan?
There is a loan origination fee that is a percentage of the total loan amount. The loan origination fee is deducted proportionately from each loan disbursement you receive. Information on PLUS loan origination fees can be found on the Interest Rates and Fees page of the Federal Student Aid website.

Nurse Faculty Loan Program

What is the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP)?
The Nurse Faculty Loan Program is a loan cancellation program funded by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) for students who are devoted to becoming full-time nurse educators. This program serves to increase the number of existing nursing faculty by providing funding to accredited schools of nursing to offer loans to students committed to becoming nursing faculty. Georgetown University applies for NFLP grant funds each year and is dedicated to educating the next generation of nurse leaders and educators. Learn more about the NFLP on our Office of Student Financial Services website.

Who is eligible to apply for the Nurse Faculty Loan Program?
Students enrolled in the Post-Master’s DNP program who are dedicated to becoming full-time nursing faculty after graduation are eligible to apply for the Nurse Faculty Loan Program. Students who have been admitted and who have also deposited/enrolled will be contacted late summer by NHS faculty with additional information on how to apply. NFLP participants must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or a non-citizen national. They must also complete two (2) nursing education courses and not be in default on any federal debt.

How Does the Nurse Faculty Loan Program Work?
Students enrolled in Georgetown University’s online Post-Master’s DNP program who participate in the NFLP and become full-time nursing faculty in an accredited school of nursing upon graduation for four years may have up to 85 percent of their student loan cancelled.

Loan Repayment

Do I have to repay my student loans while I’m in school?
You can defer payment on your federal student loans if you are enrolled at least half-time. You should be aware that although you can defer payments while you are in school, interest will still accrue on your loan(s).

Your Unsubsidized Loan will go into repayment six months after you graduate, fall below half-time status, take a leave of absence or withdraw from the program. Most private loans also have deferred payment options while you are in school; however, you will need to check with your loan servicer.

When do I have to repay my loan?
After you graduate, leave school or drop below half-time enrollment, you will have a six-month grace period before you are required to begin repayment. During this period, you'll receive repayment information from your loan servicer, and you will be notified of your first payment due date. Payments are usually due monthly. You are not required to pay while in school, however if you choose to, there is no penalty to prepay. Learn more about repayment timelines.

What are the repayment plan options, and how do I select one?
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) offers multiple options for repayment. You may visit the ED website for more information on loan repayment plans.

Is there a repayment calculator or estimator that I can use?
Yes, visit the ED website for repayment calculators.

Can I consolidate my graduate loans and my undergraduate loans?
A Direct Consolidation Loan allows you to consolidate (combine) multiple federal education loans into one loan including both graduate and undergraduate loans. The result is a single monthly payment instead of multiple payments. Learn more about loan consolidation.

Are there any loan forgiveness options available?
In certain circumstances, all or a portion of a borrower’s federal student loans may be forgiven under the federal government’s loan forgiveness program. Please review the Department of Education website for more information on federal loan forgiveness programs.

Military Education Benefits

How do I apply for military education benefits?
To begin the process of applying for eligible military education benefits, visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) website. Questions regarding eligibility should be directed to the VA at 1-(888)-442-4551.

What documents are required to process military education benefits?
Visit Vets.gov to complete the Education Benefits Application, which generates a request for a Certificate of Eligibility (COE). The COE is mailed to you within 6-8 weeks from submitting the application. Once you have received your COE, scan and email a copy to the Assistant Registrar for Veteran Affairs and Benefits at militarybenefits@georgetown.edu.

In addition to providing a copy of the COE, students who request to be certified for VA education benefits will need to complete the Benefit Request Form each semester. If eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program (YRP), complete the Yellow Ribbon Program Request Form, once per academic year.

What are the eligibility factors for the Post 9/11 GI bill?
You are potentially eligible if you have at least 90 days of aggregate active duty service after Sept.10, 2001, and are still on active duty, or if you are an honorably discharged Veteran or were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days, you may be eligible for this VA-administered program. Learn more about the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

How are Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits calculated at Georgetown University?
There are several factors that impact how much a student will receive in tuition education benefits from the VA:

  • Each student is eligible for different benefits.
  • The level of benefits varies based on military service.
  • Benefits depend on the academic program’s tuition rate.
  • A student’s enrollment status (e.g., part time or full time) additionally impacts his or her benefits.

If you would like to receive an estimate of how much the VA will send in benefits, please provide the following information via email to veteranservices@georgetown.edu:

  • The benefit type you are eligible to receive (if Post-9/11, please provide the percentage of eligibility)
  • How many months of eligibility you have remaining
  • Whether you are on active duty or are the spouse of someone on active duty
  • Your GU ID, if you are a current student
  • Your program of interest, if you are a prospective student
  • If known, how many credits you plan to take each semester

What are the current rates of benefits including the Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA)?
The tuition and fee payment rate, and MHA are determined at the beginning of each military academic year on August 1st. The current rate table is located on the Education and Training page of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs site.

Because Georgetown is a private university, students who receive Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits are subject to a maximum tuition and fee reimbursement per academic year (August 1 through July 31). The amount of the national cap changes each year on August 1, and are available to be used from August 1 to July 31 of the following year.

When VA benefits are calculated, the amount of this national cap must be expended before Yellow Ribbon Program benefits can be awarded.

What is the Yellow Ribbon Program (YRP)?
The Yellow Ribbon Program allows degree-granting colleges and universities to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the VA to fund tuition and fee expenses that exceed the national maximum per academic year.

Participating institutions choose their contribution amount, the VA matches that amount, and issue payment directly to the school. Additional information on the Yellow Ribbon Program available benefits and eligibility, visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.

Does Georgetown University participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program (YRP)?
Georgetown University is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program in partnership with the Department of Veteran Affairs to enhance financial access for military-connected students. Learn more about the Yellow Ribbon Program at GU.

Who can I contact at Georgetown University for questions about using Military Education Benefits?
Direct all military education benefits questions to Georgetown University’s Veterans Office at veteranservices@georgetown.edu or call 202-687-2708.

Tax Benefits for Education

How do I qualify for a tuition tax credit?
For details on tax benefits for education, see IRS Publication 970. Tax Benefits for Higher Education, which provides detailed information. (name of university) is unable to provide tax advice. We urge you to contact your tax advisor or the IRS at www.irs.gov or 800-829-1040 if you have any questions regarding the HOPE or Lifetime Learning Tax Credits.

What is the 1098-T Form?
It is an informational form filed with the Internal Revenue Service to report the amounts billed to you for qualified tuition, related expenses, and other related information. The primary purpose of the IRS Form 1098‐T is to inform you that we have provided this required information to the IRS.

What information is included in the 1098-T Form?
Form 1098-T reports amounts paid for qualified tuition, scholarship and grants to students enrolled in courses at Georgetown University for which they received academic credit. The information reported on the 1098-T form helps students evaluate whether they are eligible for an educational tax credit.

How do I obtain my 1098-T Form?
In accordance with Federal regulations, Georgetown will mail a copy of a student’s 1098-T form for a given tax year by January 31st of the following calendar year. At the same time, an electronic copy of the form will be posted online at MyAccess. The IRS gives educational institutions the option of reporting either payments received or amounts billed. Georgetown has elected to report the amounts billed for each student (box 2 of form 1098-T). Please visit the Policies and Procedures page for more information.