May 22, 2018  
2014-2015 Graduate Catalog 
    
2014-2015 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Financial Aid



Financial Assistance General Information

 All students applying for graduate financial aid at Adventist University of Health Sciences must have been accepted at the graduate level of the University. To begin the financial assistance application process, students must complete two forms available at www.adu.edu: The Free Application for Federal Student (FAFSA), and the ADU Financial Aid Application.

  In order to be eligible for any financial aid, the student must:

  1. Be enrolled in a program of study leading toward a degree or certificate.
  2. Be registered at least half-time (four trimester credits).
  3. Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  4. Not be in default or owe a refund on Title IV (federal) funds. If you are in default or owe a refund, contact your lender, servicer, or prior institution to make a payment in full or make arrangements.

Some students may be selected for a records verification procedure. If a student is selected for verification, he or she will need to supply additional documentation required to complete the financial aid file. The student will be able to view this via the online financial aid  system.

Once all documentation is received, students will be able to view the types and amounts of financial aid they are eligible to receive via the online financial aid system.

Federal and state regulations require Adventist University to ascertain that the combined financial resources available to a student from all sources do not exceed the student’s documented educational need. The Financial Aid Office monitors all financial aid and adjusts the award to conform to federal, state, and institutional regulations.

For financial aid purposes, need is determined by using the following financial aid formula:

(Cost of Attendance) - (Expected Family Contribution) = Educational Need

  • Cost of Attendance refers to the amount it costs to attend Adventist University. This cost includes tuition, an estimated book allowance, an estimated cost for uniforms, an estimated cost for computer for first-time students, a matriculation fee, professional fees, room  and board, and personal and travel allowances.
  • Expected Family Contribution is determined by analyzing the data the student provide(s) on the FAFSA according to a process which has been mandated by the Congress of the United States.
  • Educational Need is the difference between the above two components.

Students will be able to view their estimated awards they should receive for the coming year via the online financial aid system. Awards that are listed before the end of the drop/add period will disclose estimated awards that are based on the enrollment information  provided by the student on the ADU Financial Aid Application. If the student enrolls for credits that are different from what the aid was based on, the award may change.

Students are not eligible for financial aid if they are not making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) or are in default on or owe a refund for Title IV (federal) aid.

Financial Aid Application Deadlines

Students must apply for financial aid each award year, which is available after January 1. The Adventist University of Health Sciences (ADU) Financial Aid Office must receive the results from the FAFSA and have a completed online ADU Financial Aid Application. The student must be accepted to the University. All material should be submitted by April 9, 2015, for best award consideration for the 2015-2016 award year. All students needing to use financial aid for registration purposes must complete the financial aid process at least six weeks before the first day of classes of the trimester for which they wish to enroll. See the calendar  for the exact deadline dates.

Students who wish to have a Stafford Loan processed and who will not be enrolled for the following term of the award year (award year is fall, spring, and summer) need to make sure that all documentation is turned into the Financial Aid Office at least four weeks prior to the end of the trimester. This deadline is to guarantee that the dollars will be on the student’s account by the end of the term.

Rights and Responsibilities of Financial Aid Recipients

All of the information submitted to the Financial Aid Office is treated confidentially . Only Adventist University employees directly associated with processing financial aid documents have access to the files. Financial aid recipients have the right to know what the Financial Aid Office has done with their information and what will be expected of the recipients. This includes information about how need is determined, how recipients are selected, how financial aid is awarded, and what rules are followed. Financial aid awards are made without regard to sex, race, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, color, or national or ethnic origin. Students who are concerned that they have not been treated equally or fairly should discuss the situation with the Financial Aid Director or the Senior Vice President for Finance.

The student is responsible for reading the information provided regarding financial aid, providing complete and accurate information, and following the instructions that are given regarding the application for financial aid.

Fund Disbursements

Financial aid for the trimester is based on the number of credits a student is registered for at the end of the drop/add period. At that time, financial aid will be credited to the student’s account. Students who have been selected for verification must have the verification  process completed before financial aid will be released. Students will be notified of the procedure by the Financial Aid Office. If a credit occurs after Title IV (federal) aid has been disbursed to the student’s account, the credit will be issued to the student within fourteen  days by Higher One as long as the MyOneMoneyCard is active. You will receive a MyOneMoney card in the mail and you will need to select a refund method.  Students who want the credit to stay on the account must provide written notification to the Financial Aid Office. Students who have given the school permission to hold their credit and then change their mind must provide written authorization of change to the Financial Aid Office. Students should be prepared to cover their own living expenses well into the trimester.

Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid Recipients

The U.S. Department of Education requires that all students who receive financial aid must make progress toward their program of study. Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is the measure of a student’s overall progress. Adventist University of Health Sciences has created the following requirements to comply with the federal regulations. Students who fail to meet these requirements may not receive financial aid, including loans.

A student’s entire academic history will be reviewed for the purposes of determining SAP, including credits not paid for by financial aid. Whether a student is considered to be making satisfactory academic progress depends on his or her cumulative grade point average (GPA), successful completion of courses (credit hours), and maximum time limits to complete his or her course of study. Students must meet all the requirements listed below:

Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirement

A student must maintain an overall GPA of 3.00 at the end of each trimester. The GPA is calculated on Adventist University courses. If a student repeats a course, the policies regarding repeated courses will apply.

Cumulative Completion Requirement

A student must successfully complete all credits attempted in their designated program of study, combining all Adventist University credits and all transfer credits added to Adventist University of Health Sciences transcript. The percentage of earned credits is calculated by dividing all earned credits by all attempted credits.

  • Attempted credits Are defined as the credits for which the student is enrolled. All courses are considered attempted credits whether or not the course is completed. Grades of F, course withdrawals (W or WF), audits, pass/no pass, deferred grades, incompletes, in  progress, or grades not submitted by the instructor are considered attempted hours.
  • Repeated credits These credits are included in the calculation of both attempted and earned credits. Financial aid is available for the initial time a course is taken and one retake.

Maximum Time Limit Requirement (Pace)

Students must complete their program in no more than 150% of the published length of the educational program. Part-time enrollment and summer enrollment counts in the maximum time frame calculation. At evaluation time if it is clear that a student cannot  mathematically finish his program within the maximum time frame, he or she becomes ineligible for aid.

Evaluation of Academic Progress

A financial aid recipient’s satisfactory academic progress is evaluated after each trimester. Students meeting the SAP Policy will continue to receive aid.

Financial Aid Warning

A student not meeting the cumulative GPA or the completion requirements will be placed on financial aid warning automatically for one term only during the next trimester of enrollment and is eligible to receive aid during the warning trimester. The student will receive a letter of financial aid warning. At the end of the warning trimester, the student must meet the SAP Policy to continue to receive aid. If a student does not meet the SAP Policy, he or she can submit an appeal to be considered for financial aid probation status.

Financial Aid Suspension

Students who do not meet the cumulative GPA and completion rate requirements are no longer eligible for financial aid until they have taken classes, using their own funds, and have raised their cumulative GPA and completion rate to meet the above requirements. The student will receive a financial aid suspension letter. A student who has been suspended may appeal for reinstatement of financial aid eligibility and must submit a written appeal with documentation by the first day of classes.

Financial Aid Probation

The student who does not meet SAP, has used the Financial Aid Warning trimester, and has successfully appealed may continue to receive financial assistance during the financial aid probationary period. At the end of the financial aid probationary period, the student will:

  • Be removed from the financial aid probationary status because both cumulative GPA and completion rate requirements are met; or
  • Be suspended from receiving assistance from federal, state, and institutional sources and will receive a financial aid suspension letter.

Appeal Procedure

A student has the right to appeal a suspension of financial aid once, based on extenuating circumstances, such as, but not limited to, illness, death of a family member, and natural disaster(s), etc.

  • Appeals must be submitted in writing to the Financial Aid Appeal Committee using the Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Form. A student must make sure to put in details why he or she did not meet SAP and what has changed to allow him or her to meet SAP at the next evaluation period.
  • Documentation verifying the special circumstances should be attached (for example: doctor’s letter, third-party letter, etc.).
  • An Academic Progress Plan is also required, and it must be reviewed and signed by the student and his or her academic advisor.

Once the Financial Aid Appeal Committee considers the appeal, notification of the decision will be sent to the student within two (2) weeks of the date the appeal was received or after the trimester final grades have been posted. If the appeal is granted, the student will receive aid for the financial aid probation trimester. At the end of that trimester and subsequent trimesters, the student’s academic progress will be reviewed. If the conditions of the appeal are met, the student will continue to be eligible for aid. If the conditions of the appeal are not met, the student will no longer be eligible for financial aid until SAP is met.

Financial Aid Refund Policies

A student who does not begin attending classes is not eligible for any type of financial aid. Aid is based on the number of credits for which a student is registered at the end of the drop/add period. Students who have withdrawn by this time will not receive any financial aid for that term.

When a student begins classes and subsequently withdraws, financial aid is subject to adjustment, depending on the withdrawal date and the type of financial aid (see Withdrawal Policy in the Academic Information section ). The adjustment will involve a determination of how much of the student’s financial aid was “earned” and how much was “unearned” or was excess aid. Earned financial aid will be retained in the student’s account to apply to his or her charges. If a student received excess funds, Adventist University must return a portion of the excess equal to the lesser of (a) the institutional charges multiplied by the unearned percentage of the student’s funds, or (b) the entire amount of the excess funds.

Federal Aid

A student who receives federal aid ( Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, or Graduate PLUS Loan), and withdraws during the first 60 % of the trimester or enrollment period will have his or her federal aid adjusted, based on the amount of time the student was enrolled. The amount of federal aid a student earns will be directly proportional to the percentage of time enrolled. The student who withdraws after the 60% period will be able to keep all of his or her federal financial aid.

For all programs offered in modules, a student is a withdrawal for Title IV purposes if the student ceases attendance at any point prior to the end of the term. A program is offered in modules if a course or courses in the program do not span the entire term. A student is not considered a withdrawal for Title IV purposes, if at the time of withdrawal the student confirms in writing that he or she is still attending a class or will attend a class that begins later in the term.

The unearned amount of federal aid will be returned to the source, using the following distribution priority:

  1. Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan
  2. Federal Direct PLUS Loan
  3. Other federal aid

If Adventist University is not required to return all of the unearned loan funds, the student must return the remaining amount. Any loan funds that the student has to return will be repaid according to the terms of the promissory note.

If a student withdraws from the University during a trimester and the total amount of federal funds the student earned is greater than the total amount disbursed, the student may be eligible to receive a post-withdrawal disbursement. For the post-withdrawal disbursement, the University can credit loans for tuition, fees, room and board (without authorization) and for other educational charges (with authorization from the student). Adventist University will send written notification to the student within 30 days of the date that the University determined that the student withdrew. Confirmation must be received before the funds can be credited to the account or directly disbursed. The written notification will:

  1. Include the loan to be credited and the loan available as direct disbursement.
  2. Explain that the student may accept or decline some or all of the post-withdrawal disbursement.
  3. Explain the student’s obligation to repay the loan.
  4. Explain that no post-withdrawal disbursement will be made if the student has not responded within 14 days of the written notification date.

If the student responds to the University notice within 14 days and instructs Adventist University to make all or a portion of the post-withdrawal disbursement, the funds will be disbursed in the manner specified in the response within 120 days of the date that the University determined that the student withdrew. If the student does not respond to the University notice, no post-withdrawal disbursement will be credited to the account or disbursed directly.

Grants from Private Source Scholarships

These types of aid will be handled in accordance with the policy of the sponsoring organization. Lacking specific guidance, the following applies:

  • A student who does not begin attending classes will have his or her grant or scholarship returned to the sponsoring organization.
  • A student who begins attending classes and withdraws will be allowed to retain the full amount of the grant or scholarship for the term.

If there is any question as to the intent of the grant or the scholarship, Adventist University will contact the organization for guidance.

Academic Transcript Request Policy for Student Loan Borrowers in Default

Adventist University policy prevents the Registrar’s Office from releasing official academic transcripts for borrowers who are in default on their Federal Direct Stafford (Subsidized/ Unsubsidized) Loans, GSL, or Federal Supplemental Loan for Students (SLS). Every request is handled on an individual basis until the loan default has been cleared. An academic transcript may be requested by students for educational or employment purposes when the request satisfies the following conditions:

Transcript for Educational Purposes

  1. The borrower must have made the necessary payments to the lending institution to bring the loan payment current, and
  2. The borrower must have made six consecutive monthly payments as scheduled prior to release of the transcripts.
  3. The transcript will be sent directly to the academic institution.
  4. The provisions and conditions in No. 1 and No. 2 above must be attested to in writing by the lending institution or the guaranty agency handling the loan.
  5. A copy of the letter described in No. 4 above confirming satisfactory status must be sent to the Financial Aid Office, together with a cover letter from the student requesting an academic transcript. A confirmation letter is valid for the purposes of this policy for six months from its date.

Transcript for Employment Purposes

  1. The transcript is released for employment purposes only and is so stamped.
  2. The transcript is sent directly to the prospective employer and may not be shared with any other party.
  3. The borrower in default must contact his or her guaranty agency in writing to acknowledge his or her student loan debt and make an acceptable repayment commitment of a specified monthly amount.
  4. A copy of the letter written to the borrower’s lender or guaranty agency, as stated in item No. 3 above, must be sent to the Financial Aid Office, along with a cover letter from the student requesting an academic transcript.

Future requests for academic transcripts may be denied should a borrower not follow through on his or her commitment as stated in the letter to the lender or guaranty agency.

Federal Loans

Direct Unsubsidized Loans

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan

The Direct unsubsidized loan enables graduate students to borrow money directly from the government.  The interest rates will change on the first of July each year and is based on the 10-Year Treasury Note Index plus an add-on percentage not to exceed 9.50%.  The student must be enrolled at least half-time to receive the loan. The interest is the responsibility of the borrower. Students may pay the interest while they are in school, or they may have it capitalized (added to the principal balance of the loan). There is a six-month grace period from the time the student is no longer enrolled half-time until the student must start making payments. This loan is not based on need, and all financial aid cannot exceed the cost of attendance.

Eligibility for the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan is determined by the financial information provided by the student on the FAFSA. The terms, conditions, sample repayment schedules, and the necessity for repaying loans are available at www.studentloans.gov. The Master Promissory Note (MPN) is available online at www.studentloans.gov and must be certified by the Financial Aid Office while the student is enrolled. The Master Promissory Note only needs to be completed once and you can borrow additional loans on a single MPN for up to ten years as long as there has been a disbursement on the loan within 12 months of the submission of the MPN.

Students requesting the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan for the first time at Adventist University of Health Sciences must complete a Graduate Entrance Loan Counseling session online at www.studentloans.gov before disbursement of student loans is made. Students withdrawing from school, drop to less than half-time enrollment, as well as those who graduate, must complete an Exit Loan Counseling session online at www. studentloans.gov in which important payback information concerning their loan is covered.

You will receive a disclosure statement from the Department of Education that will give you specific information about any loan that the school plans to disburse under your MPN, including the loan amount, fees, and the expected disbursement dates and amounts.

A student that borrows a loan will have the loan information sent to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS), and will be accessible by guaranty agencies, lenders, and schools determined to be authorized users of the data system.

To see when the dollars have been credited, the student may look online at my.adu.edu, Student Account. You will also receive in writing each time Adventist University disburses part of your loan funds and will provide information about how to cancel all or part of your disbursement if you find you no longer need the funds.

Borrowing Limits

The total amount a student may borrow in Direct Unsubsidized Loans may not exceed the annual loan limits or aggregate limits, which are specified in federal regulations. The annual Limit is $20,500.

Aggregate Limits

The cumulative amount that a student can borrow through the years is called the aggregate limit. A student who exceeds the aggregate loan limit is ineligible to receive any Title IV funding. The graduate aggregate loan limit includes any loan  amount borrowed during undergraduate study. The aggregate limit is $138,500.

Federal Direct PLUS Loan for Graduate Students

Graduate and professional students will be eligible to borrow under the Direct PLUS Loan program. The Graduate Direct PLUS Loan allows the graduate  student to borrow up to the cost of attendance minus other estimated financial assistance. A student with an adverse credit history may be denied a Graduate Direct PLUS Loan. The interest rates will change on the first of July each year and is based on the 10-Year Treasury Note Index plus an add-on percentage not to exceed 10.50%. The student must be enrolled at least half time to receive the loan. The student receives an automatic in-school deferment while enrolled half-time or more.

Each year, the student must complete a Graduate Direct PLUS Credit Decision Request and the Loan Request Form which is on the ADU Aid Application. The terms, conditions, sample repayment schedules, and the necissity for repaying loans are available at www.studentloans.gov.  The student completes the Direct PLUS Master Promissory Note (MPN) only once. You can borrow additional loans on a single MPN for up to ten years as long as there was no endorser. The loan must be certified by the Financial Aid Office while the student is enrolled at least half-time.

You will receive a disclosure statement from the Department of Education that will give you specific information about any loan that the school plans to disburse under your MPN, including the loan’s amount, fees, and the expected disbursement  dates and amounts.

To see when the dollars have been credited, the student should look online at My.adu.edu, Student Account. You will also receive in writing each time Adventist University disburses part of your loans funds and will provide information about how to cancel all or part of your disbursement if you find you no longer need the funds.

Federal Direct Loan Counseling

In order to help prevent defaults, Adventist University of Health Sciences offers entrance and exit loan counseling to explain the rights and responsibilities of a student borrower. Students who have disputes or problems with their loans may contact the Student Financial Assistance Ombudsman for help at 1- 877- 557-2578 or http://ombudsman.ed.gov or Office of the Ombudsman, Student Financial Assistance, U.S. Department of Education, Rm. 3012, ROB #3, 7th and D Streets SW, Washington, DC 20202-5144. The procedures for Entrance and Exit Counseling are as follows:

Entrance Loan Counseling

All students who are awarded the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan for the first time at Adventist University of Health Sciences are required by federal regulations to complete Graduate Entrance Loan Counseling prior to receiving any loan proceeds.

Students will be able to meet the requirement by doing Entrance Loan Counseling online at www.studentloans.gov.

Items to be reviewed will include the following:

  • Explanation of all sources of aid
  • What effect the loan will have on the eligibility of the borrower for other forms of student aid
  • Constraints on aid
  • Explanation of the use of the Master Promissory Note (MPN)
  • Terms and conditions of various loan programs
  • Option of the borrower to pay the interest while in school on the Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans or the Direct PLUS loans
  • Information on how interest accrues and is capitalized during periods when the interest is not paid by the borrower
  • Definition of half-time enrollment and consequences of not maintaining half-time enrollment
  • Importance of contacting the Financial Aid Office if the borrower withdraws prior to completing the program of study
  • Example of monthly repayment schedule
  • Loan repayment and options, financial planning, and consequences of delinquency and default
  • Keeping the lender informed
  • Deferment, forbearance, and cancellation conditions
  • Information on the NSLDS and how the borrower may access his or her records
  • Need for the student to retain all loan documentation
  • Explanation of sale and servicing of loans
  • Review of refund policy
  • Review of Satisfactory Academic Progress policy.

Exit Loan Counseling

All recipients of funds from the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan or the Federal Direct PLUS Loan for Graduate Students and who are graduating or who will no longer be enrolled at least half-time are required to complete Exit Loan Counseling. Students will need to complete exit loan counseling before receiving their diploma.

Students will be able to meet the requirement by doing Exit Loan Counseling online at www.studentloans.gov.

Items to be reviewed will include the following:

  • Loan repayment obligations and options
  • Loan repayment plans
  • Option to prepay loans or change repayment plans
  • Deferment, forbearance, loan forgiveness, and cancellation conditions
  • Information on consolidation
  • General description of the types of tax benefits that might be available to borrowers
  • Information on how borrowers can use NSLDS to get information on the status of their loans
  • Average anticipated monthly repayment
  • Debt management strategies
  • Keeping the lender informed
  • Loan terms and conditions
  • Student rights and responsibilities
  • Name and address of borrower’s lender
  • Consequences of delinquency and default.

Student will need to supply:

  • Borrower’s expected permanent address
  • Name and address of expected employer
  • Name and address of borrower’s next of kin
  • Borrower’s driver’s license number.

Students who fail to complete Exit Loan Counseling will be sent a letter to remind them to complete the counseling online. A record of this mailing will be retained in the student’s file.

Adventist University of Health Sciences Scholarships

The following scholarships are available to students who meet the criteria listed under each scholarship. To demonstrate financial need, students need to complete the FAFSA and the ADU Endowed Scholarship Application by the indicated  deadlines available from the Financial Aid Office. The ADU Endowed Scholarship Applications are available in November to apply for the scholarships for the following award year.

Amelia Roeder Scholarship

This scholarship is for students who achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75, demonstrate financial need, have been accepted into a degree program, and have a commitment to the healing professions.

Don and Helen Bradley Scholarship

This scholarship is for students who achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and are in their second or more years of a nursing program. The scholarship is for tuition, books, and uniforms as required.

Emily Reeves Tremml Scholarship

This scholarship is for single mothers who have young children under six years of age for whom the applicant is legally responsible. The applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.20 and demonstrate financial need.

Frances and William J. Green Trust Scholarship

This scholarship is for students who are academically qualified, demonstrate financial need, and demonstrate commitment to the nursing profession.

Independence for Life Scholarship

This scholarship is for Occupational Therapy students who have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00, have financial need, and show how this scholarship will contribute to their independence in life.

Jean W. Iles Scholarship

This scholarship is for students who are academically qualified, demonstrate a commitment to the healing professions, and have financial need. Students who have a desire to attend Adventist University of Health Sciences and then transfer to Southern Adventist University are also eligible.

Joseph L. Riley M.D. Scholarship

This scholarship is for students who are academically qualified, demonstrate financial need, admitted to the Certified Nurse Anesthesia program and demonstrate caring and altruism through service as a volunteer either through local programs or through international mission service.

Robert T. Hoover MD Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is for students who are enrolled, are academically qualified, demonstrate financial need, and are enrolled in a program that involves direct patient care.

Saliba Family Scholarship

This scholarship is for students who achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50, demonstrate financial need, work to support themselves without parental or family support. This scholarship may be given to international students.

Winter Park Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship

This scholarship is for highly motivated students from Orange or Seminole county that are U.S. citizens, have a desire to serve in the healing professions, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75, and demonstrate financial need.

Veteran’s Certification

Admission to the University

Veterans of military service (and in some cases their spouses and specified dependents) may qualify for federal aid for educational programs. Those in graduate programs at Adventist University of Health Sciences wishing to apply for such aid should prepare the following documents:

  1. Complete Form 22-190 Application for Education Assistance. (Those who have previously been accepted for such benefits should complete Form-1995 Request for Change of Program or Place of Training.)
  2. Have a copy of honorable discharge papers.
  3. Complete the ADU Veteran’s Responsibilities and Certification for Benefits Form.
  4. Complete the ADU Statement of Understanding Form - stating you understand these procedures.
  5. The following steps may be completed before or simultaneously with those in 1-4 above.
    • Complete an application to a graduate program at Adventist University and provide the documentation thereof. Be sure to consult both the general admission requirements in this Catalog and specific prerequisites for the program you seek.

    • Submit the above documents to the Admissions Office and the Financial Aid office as indicated on the forms.

Applicants should receive timely notice regarding their applications for admission and/or for financial aid. In case of delay in this notice, the applicant should contact the Financial Aid office directly. Students receiving financial aid as military veterans should become familiar with the Rights and Responsibilities of all Financial Aid recipients as stated in this Academic Catalog. It is especially important that they understand the necessity of making satisfactory academic progress as they continue their study.

Satisfactory Progress

Veterans and other persons eligible to receive VA educational benefits must be aware of current policies that apply.

Satisfactory progress must be maintained according to the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards for Financial Aid Recipients. Veteran students enrolled in a program must meet the academic standards within that professional program. When a student is not eligible to receive financial aid because of not making SAP or not meeting that professional program’s academic standards, a request for termination of benefits will be forwarded to the appropriate VA regional office. Once students have raised their cumulative grade point average to the minimum and have successfully completed the required number of credits attempted, they will be recertified for Veteran’s Benefits.

Appeal procedures for a student receiving VA benefits are the same as those found under the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for financial aid recipients.

Certification will not be made for any course taken which does not directly apply to the program authorized by the VA.

The following are of specific concern to those students who desire VA Enrollment Certification:

  • Students pursuing an M.S. degree in Nurse Anesthesia must achieve a minimum grade of “B” (3.00) in each course. Students must also achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.
  • Students pursuing a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy must achieve a minimum grade of “B” (3.00) in each course. Students must also achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.
  • Students pursuing an M.S. degree in Healthcare Administration must achieve a minimum grade of “B-” (2.70) on all scheduled program courses.

VA Refund Policy

All students follow the same guidelines regarding the refund policy at Adventist University of Health Sciences (see Refund Policy in the Financial Information section ).

Previous Training

Credit for previous training will be evaluated and granted, if appropriate, with training time shortened and tuition reduced proportionately. The U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the students are notified of the decision.