Financial Aid

Financial Aid

Samuel Merritt University strives to meet the institutionally demonstrated need of each student. The financial aid office provides the majority of its students with financial aid to help cover tuition, fees, books, supplies, and living expenses.

To apply for financial aid, follow these steps.

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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.

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.


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