Program Tuition and Fees Policy

  •  2017 - 2018 rates

    In-District Tuition $10,600 (Fall River, Somerset, Swansea & Westport residents)

    Out–District Tuition $17,200 (All Massachusetts residents NOT within the District)

    Out-of-State Tuition $18,600


    Tuition includes a $525.00 lab fee. This program cost is incurred at the beginning of the program and is non-refundable.

    A $350.00 ($100.00 non-refundable) seat/orientation fee is not part of the tuition and is payable within 30 business days of the mailing date of an acceptance letter into the program. Payment of the fee ensures your seat in the Practical Nursing Program for the upcoming school year, orientation materials and summer Math Moodle course.

    Tuition for the Practical Nursing Program will be divided into two (2) equal payments:

    For students ELIGIBLE for Federal Financial Aid, the following formula will apply:

    Total Tuition Less Anticipated Financial Aid = Balance to be divided into two (2) equal payments to be made on the following dates:

      • August 7 and January 2 for Full Time students
      • August 7 and June 4 for Part Time students

    Please note that if anticipated financial aid is not realized due to a change in circumstance, the student will be responsible for any remaining tuition.


    For students NOT eligible for Federal Financial Aid:

    The first tuition payment is due on August 7th for both full time and part time students; the second payment is due on January 2nd for full time students and June 4th for part time students. Payments can be made by cash, check, official bank check, money order, or by credit (VISA & Master Card). Credit card transaction must be completed in person in the Business Office, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:30AM to 3:00PM. All other types of payments can be made either in the Business Office or in the LPN Office. Checks should be made payable to Diman R.V.T.H.S.

    Non-payment of tuition in the stated period will jeopardize a student’s enrollment in the program.

    Tuition changes are subject to School Committee, State revisions and data provided by the Department of Education. In order to qualify for in-district tuition, the applicant will be required to submit three (3) verifications of address upon receipt of the letter of acceptance. In-district includes residents of Fall River, Somerset, Swansea, and Westport. Residency determined at time of acceptance letter will remain in effect for the duration of the upcoming school year. Students enrolled for longer than one year may have residence re-evaluated by August 1 of the following year.

    Withdrawal-Financial Aid Recipients
    When a financial aid recipient withdraws or is dismissed from the program, Diman Regional School of Practical Nursing (DRSPN) is required to apply a pro-rated reduction on the financial aid that has been awarded. This pro-ration, called Return of Title IV funds, is required to be in effect through the 60% point in the payment.

    Payment period sample:

    Semester Hours    0-450     451-900     901-1106
    60% point in Hours    270     721     1024

    Up until the 60% point in the payment period, a student has only earned a percentage of the financial aid that had been awarded, based on the percentage of hours the student has attended. The result of this policy is that even if the student had a financial aid award that covered institutional costs, the student may have a balance with DRSPN if he/she withdraws. If you have any questions regarding this regulation, please contact the Financial Aid office.

    Federal Title IV Financial Aid Refund Policy Notice to Students
    The following policy applies to Title IV financial aid recipients and this statement is made available via the student handbook:

    If you withdraw during a payment period while enrolled at DRSPN, the school will follow this policy to determine the amount of Federal Title IV financial assistance you earned for your period of enrollment in the Program. This policy is different and distinct from the school’s refund policy. The Title IV programs that are covered by this regulation are: Federal Pell Grants, Direct Loans, and Massachusetts State Grants.

    When you withdraw during your payment period, the Federal Title IV financial assistance that you have earned up to that point is determined by a specific formula. If you (or the Practical Nursing Program or your parents on your behalf) received less financial assistance than the amount that you earned, you may be able to receive those additional funds. If you received more financial assistance than you earned, the excess funds must be returned to the U.S. Department of Education.

    The amount of financial assistance that you have earned is determined on a pro-rated basis. For example, if you completed 25% of your payment period, you earned 25% of the financial assistance you were originally scheduled to receive. Once you have completed more than 60% of the payment period, you earn all the financial assistance that you were scheduled to receive for that period. If you did not receive all of the funds that you earned, you may be due a post-withdrawal reimbursement. If your post-withdrawal disbursement includes loan funds, DRSPN must receive your permission before it can disburse them. DRSPN may automatically use all or a portion of your post-withdrawal disbursement of grant funds for tuition, fees and standard charges (as contracted with the school). The school needs your permission to use the post-withdrawal grant disbursement for all other charges. However, it may be in your best interest to allow the school to keep funds to reduce your debt at the school. The school will return all funds it has received on your behalf that you have not earned under the federal formula. You are responsible for returning funds that you have received directly for either the school or another organization. Any loan funds that you must return, you (or your parent for a PLUS Loan) repay in accordance with the terms of the promissory note. That is, you make scheduled payments to the holder of the loan over a period of time. Any amount of unearned grant funds that you must return is called an overpayment.

    The formula for the amount earned of your federal student assistance is different than the DRSPN Refund Policy. Therefore, you may still owe funds to DRSPN to cover unpaid institution charges. DRSPN may also charge you for any federal student financial assistance that the school was required to return.

    Upon withdrawal, the school will provide you (in writing) information on any adjustments to your financial aid for the period of enrollment covered by this policy that have been made to your financial award.

    Financial Aid-Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
    Federal regulations require DRSPN to establish and apply reasonable standards of satisfactory progress for the purpose of receipt of financial assistance under the programs authorized by Title IV of the Higher Education Act.

    In order to be making satisfactory academic progress toward a certificate, students must maintain specific grade averages and are expected to complete their program within 150% of the published length of the program. Satisfactory academic progress is measured at the end of each payment period, as well as, at the end of each term.
    At the end of the payment period a student must have an average of 75% in all courses and must have completed the clinical objectives of the course to that point. Attendance for the scheduled hours is mandatory. A student may be placed on warning as a consequence of not making satisfactory progress. Warning status lasts for one payment period only, during which the student may continue to receive FSA funds. Students who fail to make satisfactory progress after the warning period lose their aid eligibility.
    In order to maintain satisfactory academic progress and advance to the next term, a student must meet the following requirements:

    1. Attain a minimum grade of 75% in all courses.
    2. Successful completion of all clinical objectives presented at the beginning of each course.
    3. Meet attendance requirements to be eligible for promotion/graduation.

    When a student is re-admitted into the program, the student is placed on Financial Aid warning. A student on warning is still eligible to receive financial aid, but if the student does not successfully complete their warning period, the student will be denied financial aid.

    Tuition Policy for Readmission
    Tuition for students accepted for readmission will be determined by residency status and number of clock hours needed. There will be a onetime administrative fee of $150.00 to process readmissions.

    A student will be in default if s/he fails to pay what s/he owes to DRSPN. If the Business Office at DRSPN refers your default to an attorney or collection agency, the student will be responsible for paying the institutional cost of collection, whether or not a suit is brought. As the financial aid amounts are received, it will be credited to your account towards your current year outstanding balance.

    Refund Policy
    The following policy has been established and approved by the Greater Fall River School District School Committee. Please remember that the $350.00 ($100.00 non- refundable) seat/ orientation fee is not part of the tuition. Additionally, the $525.00 lab fee which is included in the tuition is non-refundable. It will be retained to cover student nursing lab and support materials assessed at the commencement of the program. Refunds when due will be made without requiring a request from the student. Refunds when due will be made within 45 days (1) of the last day of attendance if written notification has been provided to the institution by the student, or (2) from the date the institution terminates the student or determines withdrawal by the student.

    Refund Schedule:
    After registration but:

    • Prior to one (1) week before class, tuition refunded at 100%, less the $100 for processing costs
    • Within one (1) week before to one (1) week after the first class, tuition refunded at 70%, less $100 for processing costs
    • During the second or third week of class, tuition refunded at 30%, less $100 for processing costs
    • After the third week of class, no tuition refund will be made
    • Due to dismissals, as outlined in the Student Handbook, no tuition refund will be made

    Program Withdrawal or Dismissal Notification
    The Nurse Administrator shall notify the Financial Aid officer and the Business Manager within one (1) week of a student officially withdrawing or from the date of determining a dismissal. Students receiving Title IV Federal Financial Assistance are subject to federal refund policy R2T4. R2T4 calculations are completed within 45 days from the date of determination.

    Student withdrawal and request for refunds must be made in writing and addressed to the Practical Nursing Nurse Administrator and the Business Manager. All refunds will be made within a 45 day period.

    Third-Party Payments
    When a student is receiving funds from a third party, if this third party should withdraw or not make payments for any reason, the student is responsible for tuition and other expenses prior to graduation. Students receiving third party payments must have total payment applied to entire tuition bill before generating a credit balance.

    Diman Regional School of Practical Nursing participates in Title IV federal financial aid programs. As a result, surveys will be administered in October, the end of the Program and when any change in enrollment takes place (i.e. transfer from Day to Evening program, withdrawal, etc. the information gathered on these surveys is used to satisfy Section 487 (a) (17) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and the Department of Education regulations at 34 C.F.R.S.668.14 (b) (19). This information is not used individually, but in aggregate.

    Student Responsibility
    It is the student's responsibility to report any changes in their income and/or family (married, children) status; report financial awards to any other agency when required; and make restitution to other agencies, should there be an agreement to do so.

    Regardless of any third-party payment, should this party withdraw approval or not make payment for any reason, the student is responsible for full tuition and other expenses in accordance with the tuition payment schedule. Students failing to make tuition payments in accordance with the tuition payment schedule will be terminated from the program.

    Various scholarships are available throughout the school year and will be announced to the class and posted in the Practical Nurse Office. If a student is receiving Federal funds and is awarded a scholarship, the financial aid office must be notified so that the student’s award letter may be revised.

    All questions regarding financial aid should be directed to Michelle Letendre Financial Aid Coordinator at: