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Financial Aid FAQ

There are new changes in place to make the FAFSA process easier. We have created the FAFSA Simplification FAQ to help you prepare for these changes. Visit the FAFSA Simplification FAQ for more information.

As soon as you have decided to further your education, you should start the financial aid process by creating your FSAID and then filling out your FAFSA.


Students attending all Herzing campuses should include the school code for the Madison, Wisconsin location: 009621.


The “EFC” is your Expected Family Contribution. Based on the information you provided on your FAFSA, the government estimates the amount your family will be able to contribute for that school year. Please note: It is common for this EFC number to change once Herzing University’s Financial Aid Department reviews your application and makes any necessary updates to your FAFSA information.


The Student Aid Report shows the information you provided on your FAFSA, along with your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) figure and Data Release Number (DRN). Review this information carefully. If you need to make any corrections, go to to revise your processed FAFSA.


Once you have been accepted to Herzing University and have fulfilled all requirements for the financial aid application, you will receive a Financial Aid Offer notification detailing your Financial Aid Package, including the dollar amount and type of aid you will receive.


Based on your age, marital status, and family status, you may be considered a dependent student and you will need your parent’s help when completing the financial aid process. If you have questions about being declared a dependent student, or if your parents are divorced and you’re not sure which parent(s) needs to supply information, please contact a financial aid advisor.


You are responsible for any balance on your account that is not covered by financial aid. Possible payment options include cash or credit card, employer tuition reimbursement, military benefits, or scholarships.


If your FAFSA is selected for verification by either the U.S. Department of Education or Herzing University, you will be asked to submit additional information to verify that the questions on your FAFSA form were answered correctly.


If selected for verification, you will be required to submit a Verification Worksheet (provided by your Financial Aid Department) and some, or all, of the following:

  • A copy of your most recent federal tax filing and your spouse’s or parent’s tax filing, if applicable. You can request a free Tax Transcript from the IRS Tax Transcript Request Line by calling 800-829-1040 or by visiting
  • Proof of child support paid
  • Identity and Statement of Educational Purpose
  • High school diploma or GED

Other supporting documentation includes, but is not limited to:

  • W2’s
  • Birth certificate
  • Immigration papers
  • Social security card
  • Government issued identification card
  • Statement of educational purpose
  • Divorce decree or separation documentation (must have correct, current name)
  • Ward of the Court
  • Homelessness documentation
  • SNAP Benefits


Our step-by-step instructions will guide you through the financial aid application process.


Once you accept your Financial Aid Package and begin classes, your financial aid money will be applied to your account at Herzing University. You can have any remaining money sent to you by direct deposit or mailed as a check to your address on file, according to the mail dates indicated on your letter, unless you choose to return the unused portion to the lender. We strongly advise that you only accept the money you absolutely need, in order to lessen your loan repayment amounts in the future.

To find disbursement dates, see our disbursement schedule.

Please note: It is the student’s responsibility to communicate any name and/or address changes to Herzing University.



Herzing University has campus locations in 11 cities across 8 states (Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Ohio, Minnesota, Tennessee, and Wisconsin):

We also have an Online division offering programs to students in many states, with its national headquarters located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Tuition, fees, and expenses varies widely by program. After determining your program of interest, you can use our Tuition Wizard to find an initial estimate.

You are never alone! We offer many possibilities for financial aid for those who qualify, including scholarships and grants, loan options, VA/military benefits, and much more.

We have 6 start dates spread across full year-round study, resulting in start dates about every two months. Semesters last for 16 weeks (about 4 months) each.

You can view our academic calendar to see specific upcoming general start dates and other important dates to remember. We offer rolling admissions with no application deadlines.

Keep in mind start dates can vary by program and certain programs have a limited number of openings for new students. Your best bet is to contact admissions to confirm how soon you can enroll and start your new career path.

Nursing FAQ

Due to several potential factors, including high demand or a shortage of nursing faculty, some schools implement a waitlist to limit enrollment into their nursing programs. Many students face the difficult choice between waiting their turn for enrollment or searching for other nursing programs.

We offer several programs across multiple campus locations (and an Online Division) with many different start dates, so we cannot guarantee “no waitlist” as a blanket statement for all of our nursing programs. But it is a possibility!

We work hard to help you start or advance your nursing education as fast as possible. Our prelicensure programs (PN, ASN, BSN) and our DNP program start three times per year, and our post-licensure (MSN and post-graduate) programs start six times per year.

The best way you can find out if there’s a waitlist is to determine your nursing program of interest available at the campus of your choosing and contact us for more information. The sooner you get in touch before the next start, the less likely you’ll have to worry about a waitlist.

Increasingly yes, but it ultimately depends on the institution who issued the degree.

As the popularity of online degrees continues to rapidly trend upward in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, so has mainstream acceptance of online degree programs.

Attitudes toward online degrees were already becoming more positive before the pandemic forced the issue. According to a 2019 study from Northeastern University, 61 percent of HR leaders say online learning is “of equal or greater quality to more traditional methods.” More than half believe that in the future, most advanced degrees will be online.

Regarding nursing applicants who earned online degrees, there are a few important factors employers consider:

  • The school and degree program’s accreditation. Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and programmatically accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).i
  • If you have earned nursing licensure. Our programs are designed to help you pass any necessary exams and become licensed before getting your first job.
  • The school’s reputation and history of producing excellent employees. Consider our many happy graduates and 50+ years producing more than 40,000 alumni.

For all these reasons employers know what it means when they see “Herzing University” on a resume!

i. Programmatic accreditation varies by program and by campus location. Find details about all Herzing University accreditations and approvals.

General requirements for our ASN, BSN, and MSN degrees vary across degree programs.

Requirements to enroll in undergraduate degree programs (ASN/ADN, BSN) include a high school diploma or equivalent and a minimum GPA requirement.

Most programs also require an interview with a Herzing admissions advisor before acceptance. Conditional admission may also be available for interested students who are waiting to take the National Council Licensing Exam (NCLEX).  

For specific requirements, choose the program at the campus location that you are most interested in, or get in contact with a local admissions advisor.

Herzing University is dedicated to YOU. Here at Herzing, we are career-focused, convenient and caring. Our specialized nursing programs were designed to help you achieve the career that you want in nursing at an affordable price.

Herzing offers diploma, undergraduate and graduate nursing degrees across 8 states at 11 different campuses and our online program, so you can choose the program and location.

But don’t take our word for it! Hear from current and graduated students who agree that Herzing helped them attain their educational and career goals.

We have a variety of start dates throughout the year. Check out your program of interest to find out how soon you can get started.

You can also take a look at our undergraduate admissions process, contact an admissions advisor or apply today!

Yes! Herzing offers an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) degree option at several campus locations. You could complete your degree in as few as 20 months. Upon graduation, you will be prepared for the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

For more specifics about our unique campus programs, check out our accredited ABSN program, offered at these campus locations:

As an alternative, you may consider our online MSN Direct Entry program, designed for those who hold a non-nursing bachelor’s degree. You can potentially earn a master’s degree in nursing in as few as 20 months.

None of our nursing programs may be completed entirely online.

Here’s why: real experience in the field is critical to your success as a nurse. Your clinical experience is vital to becoming qualified for the job and excel immediately in your new career.

Many classes may be completed online, such as in our online BSN program or online MSN Direct Entry program, but it is your hands-on clinicals that will provide you with the best experience to prepare you for your career in nursing. Herzing University provides you with the best of both worlds.

Contact us to determine the program or course of study that will work best for you!

All nursing courses are a combination of General Education requirements, core classes, electives, and clinicals. Some core classes have prerequisites which need to be fulfilled before the course is completed. The exact curriculum and requirements vary by program.

Herzing University has 11 ground campuses across the United States and an online division. While all Herzing campuses offer nursing programs, these programs vary at the Master’s, Bachelor’s, and Associate degree level.

For more information about Herzing’s nursing degree program, click on the link for each of our unique campus programs:

Accreditation varies by nursing degree program and the Herzing campus where it is offered.*

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Herzing University Atlanta, Brookfield, Kenosha, Madison, Minneapolis, New Orleans, and Orlando are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( This accreditation includes the baccalaureate degree program offered at the satellite Herzing University Tampa location.

The master’s degree program in nursing and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Herzing University Madison are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Herzing University is approved to offer programs in an online learning modality through association with the main campus in Madison, Wisconsin. ​

For more information about accreditation, please check out our nursing programs to discover the program that interests you!

Herzing University is dedicated to providing you with affordable, quality education to help you complete your degree in nursing.

The cost of our nursing programs varies by degree, location and program. More information and an estimate for the cost of your education can be found on our Herzing Tuition Wizard.

Students attending Herzing may be eligible for a combination of grants, scholarships, and student employment to make tuition as affordable as possible. You might also be eligible to qualify for federal financial aid or military benefits and services. Contact us directly for more information.

International FAQ

Herzing University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and many of our programs hold specialized programmatic accreditations.  For more details about accreditation, visit: embed link:

At Herzing University our mission is to educate, support, and empower all students for success in work, learning and engagement in our communities and global society. We offer personalization and support to help you earn your degree and advance your career. Our career focused programs prepare student for success in achieving their career goals.

Healthcare FAQ

Both certificate and diploma programs are field-specific credentials that do not include general education courses required in a degree program. Each can typically be completed faster than an associate degree program.

Certificates are typically the least comprehensive programs, providing the minimum career-focused training necessary to perform a certain type of job.

Diploma programs tend to be more in-depth than certificates, and can include hands-on experience to best prepare you for a wider variety of jobs in the field you’re pursuing.

Herzing University’s diploma programs exist to help you build the foundation for a long career beyond your very first job. Our diploma programs are designed to help you begin and grow your new career.

Online FAQ

Studying online is a great opportunity to get an excellent college education without leaving the comfort of your own home. One of the important things to note about online learning is that you need to be motivated and self-disciplined. You are able to engage with the course material in a way that works best for you, but you need to be organized and motivated to work consistently on your classwork. You have access to resources such as faculty, tutoring, and library services, but you need to be able to learn independently as well.


Herzing University is a community. A part of feeling connected is engaging with your instructor and your classmates. Every class has an online discussion every week that allows you to interact with your classmates. You can also connect with Herzing through social media like Facebook and there are social forums within our online learning management system. We also recommend that you take the time to get to know the staff and faculty that are there to assist you. By building relationships with your admissions advisors, Student Services specialists, and instructors, you are connecting with Herzing!


All of the academic admissions requirements are the same. Therefore, you must satisfy our English Proficiency Requirements, successfully graduate from high school for a Bachelor degree, and if you are pursuing a Master degree, you will need to have successfully completed a U.S. Equivalent 4 year Bachelor degree with a Grade Point Average of a 2.7. It is not necessary for you to submit a copy of your financial support nor your passport, as you will not be applying for a U.S. visa. You will still need to provide us with a copy of a National Identification Card to confirm your identity.


Herzing University offers multiple resources for you to be successful. You can reach out to your faculty to request assistance with a class concern. You are also assigned to a Student Services Specialist who is there to help you in navigating your academic schedule. We also have an online tutoring center and librarians who are there to help. The great thing about these people is that they are regularly available via email and can schedule a time to talk over the phone that works for you and for them.

With online classes, you have the ability to do your work at any time of the day or night. However, to be successful, you need to devote scheduled time to your class work. It will be difficult if you plan to do your work for a few minutes here and there. We recommend that you schedule specific blocks of time each day or several days per week that you will be focused on your class or classes.


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