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Students who attend the BSN-Express program offered by the College of Nursing may be eligible for federal financial assistance in the form of Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans at the undergraduate level

The BSN-Express program is a second-undergraduate degree; therefore federal, state, and/or institutional grant funding is not available to students in this program.   


Students who wish to borrow Federal Direct Subsidized and/or Direct Unsubsidized Loans need to complete Entrance Counseling and sign a Master Promissory Note online. More information about the Federal Direct Loan program can be found on our website.


The number of transfer credits a student is admitted with into the program determines the student’s grade level, which in turn determines the borrowing amount of Direct Subsidized and/or Direct Unsubsidized loan a student may utilize.

**Please note that if you are close to reaching the aggregate limit on Federal Direct Loans, your borrowing eligibility for the BSN Express program may be limited.

The 2023-2024 BSN-Express program stretches over 14-months with students attending the following terms: Summer 2023; Fall 2023; Spring 2024; Summer 2024. 

By using a borrower-based academic year, BSN-Express students are able to fully maximize their eligibility for Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized loan funds through the length of their program.  An example of a Borrower-Based Direct Loan for an independent, junior-level student is as follows:

Borrower Based Loan

Summer 2023/Fall 2024
(23/24 Academic Year)
Spring 2024
(23/24 Academic Year)

    *If the full amount fits within your cost of attendance


Summer 2024
(24/25 Academic Year)
Direct Loan funding exhausted in Spring 2024.

Students receive an e-mail from the Office of Financial Assistance's Loan Department during the month of December to confirm their Spring Direct Loan request.

In the final summer semester, students need to either use their remaining Direct Loan funds from the spring semester, or borrow a private alternative loan to finance their costs.

For additional information regarding interest rates, origination fees, annual and aggregate limits please view the Federal Direct Loan Information page.

The rigorous, accelerated curriculum and clinical coursework of the BSN-Express program prevents students from being able to hold outside employment during the academic year.  We strongly recommend that students develop a financial plan before beginning the program to avoid shortfalls in financing, and the Office of Financial Assistance would be happy to set up an individual meeting with you to discuss how to finance the program or how to create a budget for the academic year, etc.  Preparing in advance of beginning the BSN-Express program can also help students to establish a savings plan of funds to set aside for the 14-month program, and avoid unnecessary over-borrowing of student loans.

2023-2024 BSN Express Fact Sheet

Even with planning ahead, BSN-Express students often need to utilize another form of funding beyond the Direct Loans to meet both their direct and indirect costs during the year. A private educational loan from a bank or lending institution can be a useful resource in meeting the “gap” of expenses that other sources of aid do not cover.  Applications for these loans are available directly through the lending institution.  Once approved for an alternative loan, the Office of Financial Assistance will review the loan for school certification, which includes confirming enrollment in the BSN-Express program, verifying the eligibility of the type of loan requested, and confirming that the borrowing amount requested fits into the academic year's cost of attendance.  Please view additional information available on our Private Educational Loans webpage, which includes a link to Elm Select that allows students to compare private loan options.

Please contact us with any questions.

Office of Financial Assistance
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Ave
Kennedy Hall, Second Floor
Villanova, PA 19085
Telephone: (610) 519-4010
Fax: (610) 519-7599