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New Application Cycle FAQs

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The current, 2016 – 2017 NursingCAS Application Cycle will close on Friday, August 18, 2017 and the NursingCAS 2017 – 2018 Application Cycle will open on August 23, 2017.

You will need to submit your application for the current cycle on August 18 by 11:59 PM EST for it to be considered by your program of interest. If you are applying to programs this cycle then it’s important to ensure your transcripts and references are processed by the close of the cycle. However, NursingCAS will continue to process these supporting documents through October 1 if for some reason your school or reference writer does not submit them by cycle closure.

Once the 2017 – 2018 NursingCAS application cycle opens on August 23 you will be able to create a new account or log back into an existing account using the “Re-Applicant” feature. The Re-Applicant Feature allows you to carry over your data and transcripts from your previous NursingCAS application to the 2017 – 2018 application.

The “Re-Applicant” feature is available to all users who had an active NursingCAS account during the previous application cycle which runs from August 25, 2016 – August 18, 2017, regardless of whether or not your application was verified or even submitted to a program during that time. See more details. Note if you created an account between October 15, 2014 and August 15, 2015 you will also be able to use the Re-Applicant feature.

To simplify the transition to the new cycle, frequently asked questions and answers are outlined below.

When does the current NursingCAS Application Cycle close? 

The current NursingCAS application cycle will close on Friday, August 18, 2017 at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time. That is the late date you will be able to submit your application. That is also the last date for deadlines on the current application and the last day for applicants  in the “Undelivered” to re-submit their application. We recommend that applicants save and print a PDF copy of their current application for record keeping purposes even though you will be able to carry your data and transcripts over to the next application cycle using the “Re-Applicant” feature.

When does transcript processing and verification end for the NursingCAS 2016 – 2017 Application Cycle? 

Applicants should submit any remaining transcripts and request letters of reference be in by the end of the cycle. However, if for some reason, your school or reference writer does not submit by the August 18, NursingCAS will continue to process transcripts and references through October 1.

When does the NursingCAS 2017 – 2018 Application Cycle Open?

The NursingCAS 2017 – 2018 Application Cycle will open on August 23, 2017. So any programs with deadlines that occur after September 2017 will be posted on the NursingCAS 2017 – 2018 Application.

Will there be a “Re-Applicant” feature for NursingCAS 2017 – 2018? 

Yes. Applicants will be able to carry over their data from the current application (including their academic history and coursework data) to the NursingCAS 2017 – 2018 Application. Your transcripts will also carry over. References from the previous cycle and any data you inputted or uploaded into the “Program Materials” section will not carry over. More information about the Re-Applicant feature can be found here.

Will Re-Applicants need to send their transcripts to NursingCAS again? 

No. If an applicant already had their official transcripts processed during the current application cycle then they do not need to re-send their transcripts. Applicants can send any new transcripts as needed if they have taken additional coursework since they last applied for example. And new coursework data will be verified if the program you are applying to requires verification.

Does NursingCAS process E-Transcripts?

Yes, NursingCAS can process e-transcripts from the following providers; Parchment and Credential Solutions. Please check with registrar to inquire if your school can send e-transcripts through any of those providers to NursingCAS.

When can I start my application to programs on the NursingCAS 2017 – 2018 Cycle?

On August 23, when the NursingCAS 2017 – 2018 Application Cycle opens, applicants can log into the system and start applying to programs. Any applicant who already has a NursingCAS account can use the “Re-Applicant” feature to carry over their data and transcripts. And any new applicant can create an account. You will not be able to access the 2017 – 2018 Application until August 23rd.

When will the application not be available?

The NursingCAS application will be unavailable for a brief period of 5 days (August 19 – 22, 2017) in order to complete the cycle switchover, implement technology upgrades, and finalize processing from the previous cycle.

Will the applicant fees change for the NursingCAS 2016 – 2017 Cycle?

Yes. The applicant fees will increase by $5. For undergraduate level programs, applicants will pay $50 for the first submission and $35 for each additional submission and for graduate level programs, applicants will pay $70 for the first submission and $40 for each additional submission. Fees applicants paid previously do not carry over to the next NursingCAS application cycle.

What’s different about the NursingCAS 2017 – 2018 Application Cycle? 

A Fee Waiver program will be introduced to allow applicants who meet economic hardship standards based on the Department of Education’s criteria to obtain a waiver in order to submit their application.  The NursingCAS search feature and filters will be enhanced to help you find programs. A new Applicant Help Center will be available which will be searchable resource with enhanced instructions & FAQs on how to complete the application.