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Financial Aid

The financial aid office at Samuel Merritt University recognizes the financial commitment a college education entails. We do everything possible to meet the financial needs of our students. A college education is an investment in your future. The financial aid office encourages each and every student to choose the college that is right for them based on the excellent education offered, program pass rates and student loan default rate.

Samuel Merritt University strives to meet the institutionally demonstrated need of each student. The financial aid office is able to provide over 98% of its students with the proper amount of financial aid to cover the cost of tuition, fees and living expenses.

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The Value of an SMU Education
Samuel Merritt University has offered excellent healthcare educations for the past 100 years. Since 1970, the financial aid office has maintained a default rate of less than 3% and a zero percent default rate for the past ten years. This history confirms that our students graduate with the skills necessary to obtain high quality, high earning jobs and can afford to repay their loans.

The proper value of a Samuel Merritt University education lies with the experiences our students have and the opportunities they have upon graduation. Samuel Merritt University is committed to providing students with:

  • Cutting-edge technology
  • Small class sizes
  • Extremely qualified faculty and staff
  • Excellent clinical experiences

Samuel Merritt University is dedicated to educating highly skilled, knowledgeable health care professionals who will contribute quality heath care to all individuals in a wide variety of settings.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Pass Rates
For information on Samuel Merritt University's Licensure pass rates for first time takers, please click here to view our fact sheet or visit

Gainful Employment
The Department of Education issued final regulations in regards to Gainful Employment (GE) for schools that participate in Title IV.  Those regulations mandate that institutions must disclose to prospective students certain information about their GE programs.  Since all of Samuel Merritt University's programs lead to a degree (Bachelors, Masters or Doctoral), we are exempt from these regulations. 

We look forward meeting with you and answering any questions you may have in regards to financial aid.