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Financial Aid & Student Hardship Resources

Nursing Hardship Funds

The Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing recognizes that students may experience unforeseen financial emergencies. If you are in need of short-term financial assistance, please submit an application for funding support from the College’s emergency funds:

Application for Emergency Funds >

In rare cases, awards from these funds may impact the amount of aid that a student receives from other sources – most often by reducing the amount of student or parent educational loans. However, this only occurs if a student is already receiving financial aid up to their total cost of attendance for the semester awarded.

Additional Resources

COVID-19 Resources

Penn State established a Student Emergency Fund to help meet the immediate needs of students experiencing unforeseen financial emergencies and crisis situations. More information about Penn State’s COVID-19 resources can be found using the links below:

Penn State’s Coronavirus Information page
Student Emergency Fund application

Additional Student Resources

To help navigate difficult times, Penn State has many resources to support students both in and out of the classroom.

Student Care & Advocacy: This office helps to support students facing unforeseen challenges including basic needs, academic concerns, and health/wellness issues.

Lion’s Pantry: To help battle food insecurity, Lion Pantry serves as the on-campus food pantry for students.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS): CAPS offers a wide range of mental health services including counseling, crisis intervention, psychiatric services, and community outreach.

Student Disability Services: This office helps empower students with disabilities to seek reasonable accommodations, provides resources, and facilitates interactions with peers.

Penn State Global: Specifically supporting international students, this office can help support students with advising, immigration services, and training.


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