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'Update' Student Newsletter September 2013



9/23 - 9/25   MS & PhD New Student Orientation

9/26   First day of instruction for Thursday classes!

10/02   Deadline for Payment of Fees, Registrar’s Office

Welcome New Students and Welcome Back Continuing!

This is the first of nine issues of the UPDATE NEWSLETTER. It is published monthly, September through May, and is available online at the School of Nursing website:

In each issue, you will find a well-researched list of student scholarships, grants, and awards as well as a calendar of events and important dates, deadlines, etc. for that particular month.  Typically, there is also a communication from both the Nursing Student Council and the Office of Student Financial Services in each issue. We advise you to use this information in conjunction with other very useful websites at UCSF such as the INSIDE GUIDE at

David Vlahov
Dean, School of Nursing

Jobs & Money!

“Scholarships, Grants, and Awards, Sept. 2013”

CALL FOR STUDENT EDITORS!  Current School of Nursing students that have very good writing skills and/or previous experience editing course papers are needed to work as editors. The responsibilities include reviewing and editing course papers for fellow nursing students, including international and domestic students. The pay is $16.22/hour; all appointments are 20% time or less. If you are interested in working as an editor, please contact Dr. Linda Sawyer at  Be sure to write “Student Editor” in the subject line of your email and include information on previous editing or writing experience.

Student Financial Services

Online Financial Aid Services:
Students can access their 2013-14 UCSF Financial Aid Award online, and also see if they have any outstanding financial aid holds. The Student Financial Aid Office sends you an email as soon as your financial aid awards are ready for viewing online.

Fall Quarter Aid Disbursement:
Fall financial aid will be disbursed by 9/26/13.  Students must be considered registered (i.e., filed study lists) and have no registration holds before financial aid checks can be released. Furthermore, financial aid cannot be released if any award is left in “pending” status online.  We strongly encourage all students to sign up for direct deposit so that financial aid can be deposited directly into your checking or saving account.  The process takes approximately two weeks.  If you have not signed up yet, please do so at:

Deadline to pay Fall Quarter Tuition Payment Deadline:
The last day to pay the balance of your fall quarter tuition is 10/2/2013.  Please check your billing statement from the Office of the Registrar via the MyAccess Account for details.

Change in the Federal Direct Loan and Direct Graduate PLUS:
Congress recently passed legislation that impacts the Federal Direct Student Loan and Direct Graduate PLUS.  HR 1911, the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013, was recently implemented with an effective date of 7/1/2013.  Under the new law, interest rates for newly issued Federal Direct Loan and Graduate PLUS will be adjusted each academic year based on the U.S. Treasury 10-year borrowing rate.  Furthermore, the rate set for each academic year will be fixed over the life of that loan.  Thus, students who borrow a Direct Loan over two years may have different interest rates for each loan.  For 2013-14, the interest rate is 5.41% for the Federal Direct Loan and 6.41% for Graduate PLUS, but only for loans first disbursed on or after 7/1/2013 due to the implementation date of this new law.  The Student Financial Aid Office recently emailed all students who began 2013-14 with Summer Term and whose summer loans were disbursed prior to 7/1/2013, as interest rates for these loans will remain at the higher percentage (6.8% for Federal Direct Loan; 7.9% for Graduate PLUS) unless they take immediate action.  For students whose 2013-14 loans are first disbursed on or after 7/1/2103, no action is required as they will get the two interest rates.

Follow this link for more information:

Satisfactory Academic Requirements:
Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress to receive financial aid. This is a federal requirement. Some of the basic requirements are:

  • All masters nursing students must take a minimum of 8 units each quarter for financial aid.
  • All doctoral nursing students who have not yet advanced to candidacy must take a minimum of 6 units each quarter for financial aid purposes. Student who have advanced to candidacy are considered to be enrolled full-time regardless of the number of units they are taking.
  • Students who are considered half-time are only eligible for a Federal Direct Loan and Graduate PLUS loans. Students who are considered less than half-time are not eligible for federal financial aid.
  • All graduate academic/nursing students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

The Student Financial Aid Office website ( can also be accessed any time to obtain check disbursement dates, information on the financial aid process at UCSF, download SFSO forms, etc. Our office is located at Millberry Union West Tower, Room #MU-201W. Office hours are Monday-Friday 8a.m. to 5p.m. Students can also contact us by phone (415-476-4181) or email (

Nursing Student Council

Welcome back to those returning from Summer break and a big hooray for those that made it through summer session classes! The Nursing Student Council (NSC), your representation in the nursing department, is gearing back up and preparing to be the voice for nursing students at UCSF. Your NSC organizes social events for your enjoyment in addition to offering funding for travel expenses and nursing related events (see funding link for details)! Our meetings are open to all nursing students. Next meeting to be announced!

To stay in the loop with your Nursing Student Council, please add us on Facebook:

Funding process and request forms can be found at: 

NSC positions are open! If you are interested, please contact or contact an officer directly

Your 2013-2014 officers: 

President: Arielle Bivas
Vice President: Elda Kong
Treasurer: Stephen Boniface
Awards Manager: OPEN
Secretary: Monifa Willis
Social Chair: OPEN
Faculty Council Liaison: Rebecca Sedillo
GSA Liaison: Katherine Whitley
Social Behavioral Sciences (SBS) Liaison: OPEN
PhD Liaison: Linda Ottoboni
MEPN Rep (Group A): Whitney Waldron
MEPN Rep (Group B): Matt Reynolds


“Scholarships, Grants, and Awards, Sept. 2013”