What makes our Student Finance Office different?
Congratulations Fall 2013 MEEP Recipients
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What makes our Student Finance Office different is the individual attention we are able to give every student. This past year, some sort of financial aid was received by 91% of our graduate students and 87% of the undergrads.
Unlike larger institutions, we don’t just give you forms to fill out. Because of our deep roots in the community we help our students access a wide variety of outside resources, from public and private agencies as well as generous individuals, clubs and organizations.
Within OSF Saint Francis Medical Center there is a unique program we call MEEP, short for Modified Education Employment Program. If you’re willing to make a commitment to staying and working as a bedside nurse at the Medical Center (as so many students want to do) you may be eligible for $4000 of financial aid each semester. After you’ve fulfilled your commitment, that debt is totally forgiven. It’s an incredible opportunity.
At this current time of economic crisis, we know more and more students are experiencing financial troubles…but that means we just need to be very creative and use every possible resource. We are deeply committed to helping students get into school, stay in school, and achieve their dreams.
Student Finance Testimonials
Read what some of our students are saying...
"The faculty and staff have been wonderful. They teach you, guide you, support you, shape you, pray for you and so much more. I could have started another college nursing program six months sooner, but knew that there was no comparison to the education that I would receive here. I know without a doubt that was a smart decision!
As a single mom of a four year old son, it’s extremely challenging to have the income to support a household and go to school. Being granted MEEP and Scholarships has been such an amazing blessing. I never imagined that I would be able to obtain all the help that I’ve received. As a result, I am not only succeeding for myself and my son, but for everyone that believes in my strengths, caring attitude and passion to become an excellent nurse.
The Student Finance Office is absolutely stellar. Every time I go visit, I am taken care of by caring people. I wouldn’t have been as successful in obtaining financial assistance had it not been for the dedicated personnel in this office. I used the on-line resources they have available on how to apply for scholarships and what to focus on when writing essays. They are all passionate about what they do and it truly shows. I will always remember that, “Free money is a fine thing”. Indeed it is!"
"Being selected as a MEEP (Modified Education-Employment Program) and President’s Scholarship recipient was very encouraging to me. I am amazed and humbled that individuals and businesses invest in young people such as myself through education funds. It is motivating that, though I am still a student, the College of Nursing believes in my potential as a future nurse.
I chose Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing because of its excellent reputation, it was close to home and the cost was reasonable compared to other options. The faculty and staff are helpful and encouraging and it is obvious that their passion is helping students succeed in every aspect of nursing school. The teachers are so understanding about the challenges we face as nursing students. They know how to guide us through clinical experiences and provide class projects that boost confidence and leadership skills. It is great to work with these nurses day in and day out and to realize that I really am developing the skills needed to answer when I will hear someone say, “I need a nurse!”"
"I am a third generation nurse who will graduate from Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing. My grandmother and my mother taught me what it truly meant to be a nurse and how one interaction, one helping hand, one extra touch, one extra second of listening can change a patient’s life forever. I chose Saint Francis to become that kind of nurse!
My own experience with outstanding nursing care began when I was in a car accident that left me paralyzed from the nipple line down. I was given a prognosis that I had a one in a million chance that I would ever walk again. Through the work of God, He lined me up to be here at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center where there is a world-class neurosurgery team and nursing staff. Over the course of nearly a month and a half I regained some feeling and movement in my lower limbs. I was on multiple floors at the hospital and on each floor I received excellent care. But I could soon recognize the difference between the nurses that had graduated from Saint Francis and those who had graduated elsewhere. Saint Francis College of Nursing nurses sincerely lived the hospital mission of serving with the greatest love and care. Each one would ask “what can I do for you today” and “can I get you anything else” before leaving. This may seem like a small thing to you but as a patient it was always appreciated to know I wasn’t being rushed through so my nurse could get to another room.
As you can see, I beat the odds. But it was a long stay in the hospital and an even longer run of physical and occupational therapy outside the hospital. This left my family in financial hardship because of the resources my recovery required.
I am especially appreciative and honored to have being selected for the MEEP, Alumni scholarship and the Matthew and Alexandra Shunick scholarship. These generous scholarships have ensured that I will be able to graduate and reach my nursing goals."
"Even as a little girl I knew that I had a passion for people and realized that my calling in life is nursing! I hope to someday become a nurse practitioner, and Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing is helping me live out my dream What I love most about the College of Nursing is that it has blessed me with relationships and friendships with other students and faculty. Instructors know me by more than just my grades or my face in the classroom and at Saint Francis you are surrounded by amazing people who care about you and want you to succeed.
The College of Nursing pushes its students to work and study harder than they ever have so that they can graduate as knowledgeable and compassionate nurses. This is why being awarded MEEP has been truly a gift for me! I feel very fortunate to be recognized with this financial award. It has eased my financial burden so that I can concentrate more on my studies and less on my bank account! I thank God every day for my experiences at Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing"
"What I love most about Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing is that every instructor is there for you from day one to the end. Each instructor cares about your success in the program. They want you to succeed. Students all work together toward the same goal, which is becoming a professional nurse. I chose Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing because the NCLEX pass rate was the highest in the area and I wanted to become part of a program that achieves the highest success.
But financially, I wouldn’t have been able to go to College without scholarships. I didn’t get financial aid grants…all I could do was apply for scholarships and boy did I apply! And I got about $8000 in scholarship money!
What I would tell a student who needed help with their education finances is to apply for as many scholarships as they can. Start looking early for scholarships. Go to your local high school resources for local, state, and national scholarships. Go on the web and start looking for scholarship pertaining to nursing, any community service performed, if you are left handed, if you have parents in the military, if you’re a minority, if you’re a single parent, etc. Check with your parent’s employers for scholarships, or maybe even the union at your parent’s job. Get references, write your essay and as they become due make sure you get them sent out on time! The bottom line is..... start early and get organized! Good Luck!"
"I chose Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing because of an experience in the hospital. My mom had just had surgery and her nurse was a former College of Nursing graduate and was a guy. I knew after seeing him care for my mom and living the mission that this is what I wanted to do and where I wanted to go.
What I like most about the College is the Faculty. I would also like to say how amazing it is to have a Dean like Dr. Sue Brown whose door is literally open just about all the time. If she is busy she always lets you know that you can come back and you don’t feel rude.
I also appreciate how the Student Finance Office supports student success. I am a broke college student who was working four part time jobs and trying to make it through school full time. As a guy, sometimes it is hard because we tend to have this thing called pride. I do not like having to ask people or tell them that I am sinking and I need help. The staff in the Student Finance Office are so friendly and personable. I love all of them. They make you feel welcome and are so educated in the funds that are out there. Not only with while you are in school but also how to make yourself financially responsible after school."
“As a non-traditional student, I wanted to earn a BSN in order to have a better advantage in my future career as a professional nurse. I was so happy to be accepted to attend Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing because of their reputation for providing an outstanding nursing education. I love that the instructors all want us to succeed. They are very supportive and patient and do whatever they can to help. One quote from one of my favorite instructors before each exam is “be confident in what you know!” and with each semester I am feeling more confident in what I know!
I love the ‘new family’ I have by attending the College of Nursing. I have made more friendships since I started here and the support I have is amazing. It is comforting to know that so many others know exactly what I am experiencing and are there to support me and lift me up. I have also had the most amazing experience with the Student Finance Office. My life circumstances changed dramatically at the beginning of my senior semester. I lost a significant amount of income and worried how I was going to be able to finish my last year of school. I found angels in the Student Finance Office who worked very closely with me to make things happen that will allow me to finish my nursing education! They helped me find resources I would have otherwise not known about and have worked with me to create a personal budget. I don’t know what I would have done if it had not been for their help and the generosity of the College through scholarships and MEEP. I owe them so much thanks and gratitude.”