Financial Aid


There are two steps to apply for financial aid for Class 180 starting October 4, 2021:

1) Complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA at The Dept. of Education will electronically send CSPN a copy  in about 3 business days — as long as you remember to add our school to your FASFA. Our OPE ID (School ID code) is 012248.

2) Complete either the Independent Verification Packet or the Dependent Verification Packet  Your FAFSA should have told you if you are an Independent or a Dependent student. The completed Verification Packet should be returned to CSPN as soon as possible. You can mail it, drop it off in person (call first!) or email it to the email address below.

Please download these helpful instructions to assist you with applying here.

Note: The FAFSA should have told you if you are an Independent or a Dependent student for Financial Aid Purposes.  If you are still unsure, complete the Independent Verification Packet unless you were born after 12/31/98, are unmarried and have no children – then complete the Dependent Verification Packet

The financial aid office is available by appointment. Please email the Financial Aid Office.

The following financial aid is available for those who qualify:

  • Pell Grants
  • Federal Direct Loans
  • Scholarships
  • All Cuyahoga County residents who apply will qualify for a minimum scholarship of $1500.  
  • U.S. Department of Education Codes
    • 012248
    • CIP (identifies LPN program) 51.3901

Class 178 Technology Grant Application (posted 10/23/2020)

Students in Class 178 may download the Technology Grant Application, complete it and return it to the Financial Aid Office to request an emergency grant to help cover technology needed to shift to distance learning as a result of disruption to CSPN’s normal instruction delivery as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The Application will be reviewed and if your grant request is accepted a check for the approved amount will be mailed to your home address. Students requesting this emergency grant should have a 2020-2021 FAFSA on file with CSPN’s financial aid office. The deadline for Class 178 to apply for this grant has expired.

 cspn-pell-grant    Pell Grants

The Pell Grant is a Federal award that does not have to be repaid and ranges from $0 to $6,345.

To apply, the student must complete a Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. 

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     Federal Direct Loans

This is a loan you must repay that comes in two ways: subsidized and unsubsidized. A subsidized loan means you will not be charged interest on your loan while you are in school. An unsubsidized loan means interest will be charged while you are in school.

Subsidized loans are available for up to $3,500 if you qualify. An additional $6,000 in unsubsidized loans may be available as well. These loans are not subject to credit approval and are available to most students regardless of credit history. Instructions for filing are in the Student Financial Packet that you receive at the information session.

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 cspn-loans    Other Student Loans

Other student loans may also be available to you. The loan limit is individually based, and the interest rate is usually much higher than a Direct Loan. For this loan, you need to have good credit or a co-signer with good credit. You will need to contact different banks to see who offers these loans. Wells-Fargo has two alternative student loan programs, and PNC Bank, and Charter One Bank have loans available as well. Another loan program is through Campus Door. Check with local agencies to see what would offer you the best loan package. CSPN has no relationship with, nor does it endorse any bank mentioned here. The banks listed here are suggestions for your convenience.


The School Scholarship is offered to all Cuyahoga County residents –thanks to the generosity of the John Huntington Fund for Education. All applicants who reside in Cuyahoga County and apply for a scholarship will receive at least $1,500. This scholarship can only be used for tuition at CSPN and is non-transferable.

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If you are in need financial aid, speak with someone in our financial aid office to discuss your options.

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HEERF (Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund) authorized by the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act Reports


Section 18004(a)(1) Student Portion Funds Quarterly Reporting:

April 9, 2021 (Revisions: 5/12/2020, 5/25/2020, 10/29/2020, 4/09/2021, 07/08/2021)

Central School of Practical Nursing (herein after referred to as CSPN or The School) signed and returned to the Dept. of Education (DOE) the Recipient’s Funding Certification and Agreement form for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This agreement assures that The School has used, or intends to use, no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

On May 8, 2020, the DOE made available to CSPN $109,273 in Emergency Financial Aid Grant funds for students.

As of May 18, 2020, CSPN had distributed $109,273 to eligible Students.

As of the date the Recipient’s Funding Certification and Agreement was signed (April 29, 2020) there were 48 active students at CSPN that were eligible to participate in financial aid programs per Section 484 under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and therefore eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004 (a) (1) of the CARES Act.

As of May 18, 2020, 48 students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant.

CSPN determined that LPN students in classes 176 and 177 were impacted by the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and incurred hardships in having to shift from in-school classes to online classes. Expenses included technology items such as securing devices in which to properly access, attend and participate in online instruction as well as purchasing reliable wi-fi in order to minimize interruptions. Other expenses that were affected by the pandemic that are related to the students’ cost of attendance included food, heath care and child care costs. As a result, CSPN has awarded $2,276.52 to all eligible students and issued these funds directly to the students via check. On Monday, 05/18/2020, CSPN mailed these checks to the eligible students.

The School has provided following communication to its students:

Dear Student

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Emergency Economic Security (CARES) Act, Pub. L. No. 116-136 (March 27, 2020), section 18004(a)(1) authorized the Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, to allocate formula grant funds to institutions of higher learning, including Central School of Practical Nursing (CSPN).

CSPN signed the Recipient’s Funding Certification and Agreement and applied for this aid via in order to secure these grants for its eligible students.

CSPN has determined that students who have completed a 2019-2020 FAFSA and are not prohibited from participating in financial aid programs under Title IV, section 484 of the Higher Education Act are automatically eligible to receive grant aid under the CARES Act.

It is IMPORTANT to note that the agreement signed by CSPN states these grants are , “…for the sole and exclusive purpose of providing emergency financial aid grants to students for their expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses.”

CSPN has awarded each eligible student an equal share of the grant money provided to the school for the purposes detailed above. The grant aid will be distributed directly to students via check to the address the school has on file for each eligible student. It is anticipated that these checks will be mailed out no later than May 25, 2020. If your address has changed, please notify the school ASAP!

Grants received under the CARES Act will NOT count as income on a student’s FAFSA for purposes of calculating the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) or the estimated financial assistance (EFA) results.

Additional info regarding the school’s participation in awarding CARES Act grants to its students can be found on the school’s website:

This quarterly reporting represents the FINAL reporting that covers all remaining HEERF fund expenditures for Section 18004(a)(1) Student Portion funds.


Supplemental Section 18004 (a)(1) Student Portion Award:

On February 19, 2021, the DOE made available to CSPN a supplemental $109,273 in Emergency Financial Aid Grant funds for students under Section 18004(a)(1) Student Portion via the CAREs act.

On May 11, 2021 an additional $272,499.00 in Emergency Financial Aid Grant funds for students under Section 18004(a)(1) Student Portion were made available to CSPN via the American Rescue Plan (ARP).

Since May 11, 2020, this brings the total funding of the aforementioned award to $491,045.00.

On April 20, 2021, a total of $28,000.00 was awarded to the students of Class 179. Fourteen students received grants in the amount off $2,000.00 each.

As of April 20, 2021, CSPN has distributed a total $137,273.00 to eligible Students. This leaves $353,772.00 to be awarded to students by May 10, 2022.

It is not anticipated that CSPN will be able to award all of the remaining money to students within the aforementioned time frame and that any unused portion will be forfeited or returned to the Dept. Of Education.

Since CSPN was awarded supplemental grants of $109,273.00 and $272,499.00 to the original amount of $109,273.00 for a total of $491,045.00, the required reporting for grants awarded under Section 18004(a)(1) Student Portion is NO LONGER FINAL. Reporting for these additional monies will continue on a quarterly basis on this page until they have been exhausted.


Section 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion And Section 18004(a)(3) Funds Quarterly Reporting: