Dec 01, 2020  
2016-2017 Springfield College Graduate Catalog 
    
2016-2017 Springfield College Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Financial Aid


Many students require financial assistance to meet the challenge of paying for a graduate program. All applicants for admission are sent financial aid information. Financial need has no bearing on the admission decision. Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Financial Aid at any time to discuss application procedures, financing options, or changes to their financial status. Students are advised that financing options at the graduate level are highly loan dependent.

All information in the student financial aid application file is considered confidential. Disclosure of family financial information is governed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. The financial aid staff does not discuss details of the students application with persons other than the student. If other individuals acting on behalf of the student are to have access to this information, a confidential release form, available upon request, must be on file with the Office of Financial Aid.

Financial aid staff work closely with the Bursar in the management of student accounts.

The following pages contain information about these topics:

Programs Available to Graduate Students

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Loan Programs

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Eligibility for federal loan programs is determined by evaluating the students income and assets as declared on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Need based awards are subject to the federally defined data verification process which requires some students to submit an IRS Tax Transcript and other supporting documentation.

Federal Direct Stafford Loan Program

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Students may borrow up to $20,500, each academic year, through the Federal Direct Stafford Loan Program.  Eligibility for the federal loans is contingent upon a review by the Office of Financial Aid, in accordance with federal regulations.  Your projected costs for the academic year, prior borrowing at the graduate level, and prior defaults on student loans can impact eligibility.  The interest rate is fixed at 6.21%.  Repayment of principal of the Direct Loan begins six months after either graduation, withdrawal from school, or less than half-time enrollment.  Interest repayment on the Direct unsubsidized loan begins shortly after the first disbursement.  A variety of repayment options are available.

Federal Perkins Loan

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(formerly the National Direct Student Loan)

Eligibility for this need-based program is subject to federal regulations. Funds are very limited. These awards are made to high need students who complete the financial aid application process. Repayment begins nine months after half time enrollment ceases. The interest rate is a fixed 5%.

Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan

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Graduate students are eligible to apply for this supplemental federal loan. The Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan is an additional financial resource to supplement the Direct Unsubsidized loans. It offers credit worthy graduate students the option to borrow up to the total cost of education minus other financial assistance.  The interest rate is a fixed 7.21%.  Borrowers can defer repayment while enrolled at least half-time.  Interest that accrues during this period will be capitalized if not paid by the borrower.

Other Loan Options

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There are a variety of private loan options.  Some families have secured loans through refinancing homes, taking out home equity loans, applying for a tuition credit line, or taking out a loan against their life insurance.  Borrowers are advised to compare rate and repayment benefits and schedules with the federal education loans described before choosing one of the private options.

Graduate students enrolled less than half time (5 credits per semester), or as non-matriculated (non-degree) students, are not eligible for federal loans.  Students may also make payment arrangements with the College’s Business Office at the time of registration.

Additional Programs

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All-College Graduate Scholarships

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The All-College Graduate Scholarship is awarded to graduate students through a selection criteria which includes both academic accomplishment and professional promise. Financial need is not an influencing factor. Applications for All-College Graduate Scholarships are available from the Office of Graduate Admissions after January 1. The application deadline is April 1 for the following academic year. New and returning students are eligible to apply.

Springfield College Grants

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Springfield College Grants are available on a very limited basis. Factors taken into consideration are the student’s program of study and level of need. The College does not guarantee funding to all eligible applicants. Applicants must complete the financial aid application process for consideration.

Residence Hall Directorships

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A limited number of positions as residence hall directors are available at Springfield College each year. These positions are held in conjunction with full-time graduate study. Directorships include a furnished apartment in the assigned residence hall, tuition waiver (not to exceed twenty-four semester hours per year), and a stipend. Inquiry and application should be made directly to the Office of Residence Life. Applicants for positions should check with the Residence Life office regarding application dates and deadlines.

Rehabilitation Traineeships

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Another scholarship program, supported by federal funds when available, is known as Rehabilitation Service Administration Traineeships (stipend accompanied by full or partial tuition). Further information can be obtained from the Rehabilitation and Disability Studies Department.

Graduate Fellowships and Graduate Assistantships

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Graduate Fellowships and Graduate Assistantships are available within the Colleges schools and departments for a limited number of qualified graduate students. In addition to providing remuneration up to $4,000 per academic year, a full graduate fellowship enables a student to register for courses without charge for tuition up to a maximum of twenty-four semester hours per year. A graduate assistantship is paid on an hourly basis. Persons interested in applying for graduate fellowships or graduate assistantships should complete the Graduate Fellowship/Graduate Assistantship Interest Identification Form (found in the graduate application packet) and submit it to the Office of Graduate Admissions. The departmental fellowship application will then be forwarded by appropriate departments. Applications must be returned to the department by February 15.

A limited number of doctoral fellowships are also available each year. These carry a stipend of $5,000 to $7,000 for an academic year as well as waiver of tuition. Application for such positions should be made to the Dean of the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. A detailed resume of teaching and/or research competencies, as well as academic accomplishments and professional experience, should be included with the completed application form.

Student Employment

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Part-Time Job Opportunities

The Career Center coordinates part time, on and off-campus job opportunities. A wide variety of positions are available in departments throughout the campus. Available positions are posted by the Career Center. The student is responsible for securing employment. Each department is responsible for its own hiring decisions. Preference is given to students who are eligible for federal work study.  Graduate students who complete the FAFSA may request consideration for federal work study.

Graduate Associateship packages

Special Graduate Associateship packages are available on a limited basis to qualified graduate students. The position benefits provide a stipend of $4,500 per student per year to fund 15 hours per week of work for 30 weeks a year. Contact the Office of the Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs for additional information (413-748-3959).

Career-Related positions

The Career Center and its Cooperative Education staff develop off campus, career related positions for students. These placements give students the opportunity to earn money while gaining valuable career related experience.

America Reads tutorial program

The America Reads tutorial program is coordinated by the Office of Financial Aid and the Career Center. Students in this program are trained as literacy tutors and work in Springfield agencies and schools. Students must be eligible for the federal work study program to participate in America Reads.

Students are encouraged to research the availability of programs from organizations outside of the college. The Office of Financial Aid provides a list of Internet web sites to assist students in this search.

AmeriCorps

The mission of Springfield College is to educate students in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to others. Through service in Springfield College’s Massachusetts Reading Corps and School Turnaround Initiative AmeriCorps programs, students and community members live and share this mission, engaging in service that meets the critical educational and social-emotional needs of Springfield youth.

Eighty-two AmeriCorps members are recruited to serve as Literacy Tutors, Academic Coaches, School Counselors, and Academic Support Specialists in high-need Springfield Public Schools and private and public pre-K classrooms. Members serve children in grades pre-K through 12, where they implement targeted interventions based on risk factors related to dropping out of high school, including poor early literacy skills, low attendance, behavioral/disciplinary issues, and course failure in English and math.

Undergraduate and graduate students can apply for half-time (900 hours) or quarter-time (450 hours) positions and are placed based on their academic program, prior experiences, and skills. Members receive extensive training and support from the AmeriCorps staff and from experts in education, counseling, and literacy, resulting in an enriched educational experience and a lifelong commitment to community engagement. In addition, AmeriCorps member receive a living allowance (half-time: $6,050; quarter-time: $3,024) and, upon completion of the program, an Education Award (half-time $2,822; quarter-time: $1,411), which can be used to pay back qualified students loans or for future tuition.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are available at www.springfieldcollege.edu/AmeriCorps. For more information, contact the AmeriCorps Program Office at (413) 748-3403.

Academic Standing and Financial Aid

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Graduate students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative average in graduate-level course work. Full-time students, attempting 9 or more credits per semester, are expected to complete eighteen credit hours per academic year. Academic reviews are conducted each semester. Students accepted to a graduate program on a probationary basis, may apply for a federal Direct Stafford Loan during this initial probationary semester of study. Students placed on or continued on probation as a result of their graduate academic record at the College, are not eligible for College or federal financial assistance, including student loans.