Nurse Faculty Loan Program
The Nurse Faculty Loan Program ("NFLP") is a low-interest Federal loan repayment program offered by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Schools of Nursing who offer doctoral degrees with specific Nurse Educator tracks can apply for the grant. Awards are distributed to qualified students in the form of low-interest loans. After the student graduates and begins working as full-time faculty, up to 85% of the "NFLP" loan may be completely forgiven.
Impact of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008
The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 mandated a number of changes to provide a significant amount of additional information to students who choose to utilize non Title IV educational loans (such as the Nurse Faculty Loan Program) . The regulations change the disclosure requirements for the Truth In Lending Act ("TILA") for education loans made expressly for post-secondary education expenses.
These regulations will go into effect on February 14, 2010.
- Learn more about these important changes and the impact they will have on processing time for these loans.
Student Eligibility Guidelines
The Loyola University New Orleans Nurse Faculty Loan Program is approximately 91% federally funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration and approximately 9% funded by Loyola University New Orleans . A total of $1,097,239 will be available under this program for the 2013-2014 academic year.
In order to borrow funds through the Faculty Nurse Loan Program (FNLP) the student must be a U.S. citizen and enrolled for a minimum of 3 credits each semester in a graduate degree program offered through the School of Nursing ("SON") at Loyola University New Orleans . Students enrolled in a post master's certificate program are not eligible to participate in the NFLP Program.
- NEW for 2013-2014 : Applicants must complete and file the 2013-2014 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (aka the "FAFSA") as part of the application process. The FAFSA process will check your citizenship status;
- Recipient must also successful complete six additional credits of coursework in nursing education.
- Recipients must also maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all attempted courses.
- Recipients must not have any judgement liens entered against him/her based on the default of a Federal debt, 28 U.S.C. 3201 (e). By applying for this loan, you are giving Loyola University New Orleans permission to check your records on Federal Student Aid's National Student Loan Data System and the General Service Administration's Excluded Party List web sites
- NLFP loans are made on a first-come-first served basis for an academic year until funds are expended. Funds are limited and availability of funds varies from year-to-year. This is not a need-based loan program.
- Recipients are limited to 5 years of support under the Program.
- The NFLP Loan may not exceed $30,000 per year. Due to the limited funding, students may borrow this loan to cover the cost of tuition and mandatory university fees. Students must provide a written statement outlining their planned enrollment for the academic year. If there are any remaining funds at the end of the academic year, current recipients will be allowed to apply for these funds to cover summer enrollment costs.
The School of Nursing ("
Students who are borrowing the NLP Loan for the first time must complete the NFLP Promissory Note, NFLP Loan Application, Rights and Responsibilities Statement, and the NFLP Entrance Interview. These forms must be completed each year that the student borrows this loan. Students should review these forms before their Entrance Counseling session with the School of Nursing.
Effective February 14, 2010, in order to comply with new federal mandates under the Truth in Lending Act, applicants must also complete the Department of Educations's Private Education Loan Applicant Self Certification Form (Microsoft Word) . Depending on the programs on your computer, you can also choose to utilize the Adobe Acrobat version of the form.
- .Worksheet for Applicant's to Use to complete this form
- Sample - Initial Disclosure of Finance Charges Associated with a NFLP Loan
Students should bring this completed form with them to their initial counseling session with staff at the School of Nursing.
The school of nursing
- Rights and Responsibilities Statement (sample)
- Program Application
- Initial Sample Application and Solicitation Disclosure Form Required under the Higher Education Opportunity Act's "Truth in Lending" Regulations that became effective on February 14, 2010. This disclosure assumes you successfully complete all program requirements to qualify for the 3% interest rate charge.
The SON will forward these initial application documents to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid
The SON will notify any student who is no longer meeting the academic requirements for participation in the program.
the office of scholarships and financial aid
- Tuition and Fee Charges for 2013-2014
- Aid and Your Bill -
- Loyola Online Records Access System ("LORA")
- The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid converted all processing over to PowerFAIDS during the 2010-2011 academic year. Learn more about this new system.
1. The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid will post a student's loan eligibility on his /her official records on PowerFAIDS. They will also send an e-mail directly to the student outlining the assumptions used to calculate the student's loan eligibility and instructions for completing an on-line financial aid response form. Borrowers must officially "accept" the loan to give us permission to transmit their award information to ECSI.
2. Students will then be directed to complete all other official forms online with ECSI. ECSI will notify Loyola's Student Loan Officer when a borrower completes these required forms. PLEASE NOTE: all forms should be available online no later than one week after we have received the borrower's financial aid response form. ECSI will also handle the 2nd and 3rd mandatory "Truth in Lending" ("TILA") disclosures
3. As mandated by the new federal regulations, effective February 14, 2010, we can not disburse loan funds to a student's account until three business days after ECSI sends to the student the 3rd mandatory TILA disclosure form
The Student Loan Office and the Student Finance (Billing) office
The Student Loan Officer (within the Student Finance Office) will oversee the completion of the Electronic Master Promissory Note and all repayment activities for the Nurse Faculty Loan Program. We have contracted with Educational Computer Systems, Inc (ECSI) to bill and collect our Perkins Student Loans and NFLP Loans. ECSI has many resources that will assist not only us in the disbursement and collection of our loans, but will assist our borrowers with many features that we could not provide alone. Some of those features include:
- Electronic Promissory Notes (see sample)
- Electronic Entrance and Exit Interviews
- Account Inquiry on web
- Direct monthly payments from your checking account
- Additional payment options
- Advanced payments
- Access to Downloadable Forms such as deferment and forbearance
- Links to Federal government regulations web site
- On line address changes
ECSI will also handle the 2nd and 3rd mandatory disclosures outlining the financial terms of the loan that were mandated by the Higher Education Opportunity Act
Requesting A Refund:
Loan proceeds will first be applied to tuition and fee charges at Loyola University New Orleans. If a credit balance exists after all Loyola charges have been paid, a borrower can request a refund through the Student Finance Office. Borrowers are responsible for using this refund to pay any outstanding charges with the Research College.
Interest accrues on the NFLP loan at a rate of 3% per annum, beginning 3 months after the borrower ceases to be a enrolled in their Graduate Nursing program.
If the Borrower fails to complete the advanced nurse education program OR fails to serve as a nurse faculty member for a consecutive 4 year period, interest will be charged at the prevailing market rate.
The prevailing market rate is determined by the U.S. Treasury Department and is published quarterly in the Federal Register. The Rates are fixed. Refer to the HHS, Office of Finance Web site at http://www.hhs.gov/asfr/of/finpollibrary/chronorates.html for more information. The interest rate for the latest period (January - March 2013) = 10 1/8%.
Although we have yet to find the "perfect calculator" that borrowers could use to examine the differences that interest rates make in the overall cost of the loan, the one at http://www.finaid.org/calculators/loancomp.phtml works reasonably well.
Deferment options under the NFLP are limited:
- NFLP borrowers who are ordered to active duty as a member of a uniformed service of the United States (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administraton Corps, Peace Corps, or the U.S. Public Health Service Commussioned Corps ) are eligible for deferment for up to 3 years. A borrower who voluntarily joins a uniforned service is NOT ELIGIBLE for deferment, nor is a borrower who is employed by one of the uniformed services in a civilian capability.
- NFLP borrowers that graduate and are employed, and decide to return to a graduate nursing education program to pursue a doctoral degree to further their preparation as nurse faculty may request deferment of payment for up to 3 years.
A lending school may, based on its discretion, place a borrower's NFLP loan in forbearance when extraordinary circumstances such as poor health or hardships temporarily affect the borrower's ability to make scheduled loan payments. Interest on the loan continues to accrue but is not payable during this period.
Repayment /Cancellation Provisions:
The NFLP loan is repayable over 10 years. Repayment begins nine months after graduation from the advanced nursing program (or when a borrower ceases to be enrolled in the program, or terminates employment as full-time faculty at a school of nursing).
The NFLP is a direct loan program with cancellation provisions. Up to 85% of the loan may be cancelled if the student fulfills specific requirements.
The borrower may cancel:
- 20% of the principal and interest of the unpaid loan balance upon completion of each of the first, second, and third year of full-time employment as a nurse faculty member.
- 25% of the principal and interest of the unpaid loan balance upon completion of the fourth year of full-time employment as a nurse faculty member.
The borrower is responsible for requesting cancellation. NFLP borrowers are limited to a 12-month timeframe to establish employment as a full-time nurse faculty at a school of nursing following graduation from the program. If employment verification is not submitted within the 12-month period, the borrower will NOT be eligible for the NFLP loan cancellation provision.
Borrowers who fail to become a full-time faculty member at an approved school of nursing by the end of the 9 month grace period will be required to pay back the loan at the prevailing market rate at that time.
Default by the Borrower:
This occurs when the recipient:
- fails to complete the advanced nurse education program;
- fails to meet the university's "satisfactory academic progress" guidelines;
- fails to become or maintain employment as a full-time faculty member at a school of nursing."Full-time" has the meaning used by the employing school of nursing for its faculty;
- fails to make payments as required by the NFLP borrower's Promissory Note and repayment agreements.
Graduation and Beyond
Borrowers should complete an "Exit Loan Counseling" session on the ECSI website during thei final semester at Loyola University New Orleans.
This page details information about the Alumni Association Graduation Awards Program, money management tips for alumni, community service programs, and information about loan repayment options.
Updated August 7, 2013