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Financial Aid is intended to help with your education-related expenses. It is not intended to meet the total cost of your living expenses but is designed to supplement them.


Most of RMUoHP’s graduate programs are eligible for Federal Direct Student Loans. Eligibility for federally-funded financial aid is established by the US Department of Education.


Alternative student loans are privately funded loans that are NOT part of the federal student loan program. They are offered by credit unions and third-party lending institutions.


RMUoHP offers internal scholarships. We recommend you apply to any for which you are eligible. Our financial aid office is also available to help you search for external scholarships.


We care about our veterans. Our financial aid office can help you understand and connect you with any available resources for veterans.


The Financial Aid Office at RMUoHP strives to provide the highest quality service to graduate and professional students in pursuit of their academic goals. We serve as the primary advocate for students and families, assisting them in securing necessary financial resources. We will utilize our expert knowledge to update our technologies, streamline processes, maintain full compliance with Federal mandates, and effectively manage financial aid resources. We are committed to providing exemplary service to our students, families, the University community, and the community at large. Our philosophy is service.


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Financial Aid Director


Alex Jackson

Financial Aid Services Manager

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Krista McEntire

Financial Aid Advisor

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Scholarships, SCO, VA Benefits

Josefina Sechtem

Regulatory Affairs Specialist

Jeffrey Albee

SIS Specialist

Important Information

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Cares Act Information 2020

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What is the federal CARES Act?

The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020. The act provides financial compensation and support to multiple layers of the U.S. economy, including businesses, individuals, unemployment benefits, and education.

How much money will RMUoHP receive?

The CARES Act allocated nearly $14 billion to support colleges and universities around the country. RMUoHP will receive $223,276. The Department of Education guidelines require at least 50% of received funds be used to provide emergency cash grants for students. RMUoHP intends to use 100% of the funds for emergency aid for students.

Why is RMUoHP receiving these funds?

Funds have been provided to support students who have demonstrated financial need and experienced financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why does every school receive a different amount? What factors were considered by the Department of Education?

The Department of Education awarded funds based on a formula prescribed in the CARES Act that is weighted significantly by the number of full-time students who are Pell-eligible, but also takes into consideration the total population of the school, and the number of students who were not enrolled online on a full-time basis before the coronavirus outbreak.

What direction did RMUoHP receive in determining how to allocate the funds?

The Department of Education provided guidance on how to use a portion of the funds “to provide cash grants to students for expenses related to disruptions to their educations due to the COVID-19 outbreak, including things like course materials and technology as well as food, housing, health care, and childcare.”

How did RMUoHP determine where to use the funds?

Immediately following the passage of the CARES Act, the Financial Aid Office reviewed legislation and made a recommendation for the delivery of the funds to students. RMUoHP leadership designated a Student Relief Fund committee that consisted of representatives from departments across campus, to determine how to award CARES Act funds as well as emergency aid provided by RMUoHP.

Which students will receive CARES Act money?

All students who receive this funding must be federal financial aid-eligible. To be eligible for funding consideration, you must:

  • Be enrolled in at least 3 credits during 2020
  • Have completed the 2019/2020 and/or 2020/2021 FAFSA and be eligible to receive federal financial aid.
  • Complete the Student Relief Fund application by the deadline of May 15th (for the first half of the CARES Act Fund), and by November 4th (for the second half of the CARES Act Fund).
    If awarded, how will students be notified and receive funds?

    Note: The Cares Act Funds allocated to RMUoHP in the amount of $223,267.00 were fully disbursed to awardees as of December 15, 2020.

    Eligible students were notified via their RMUoHP email accounts. Awards were disbursed via direct deposit on June 5th and on November 20th.

    Full report of the Cares Act Funds is available on the link above.

    Do students have any limitations on how they can spend the money?

    As outlined by the Department of Education, the funds should be used to address unexpected expenses related to disruptions of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as for food, housing, healthcare, technology, course materials, and childcare.


    Nothing on this website should be construed as authoritative financial advice. Your circumstances are unique, and you may want to consult a financial advisor. The author of this website is not a financial advisor.