Nursing Financial Aid

Financing your nursing degree can be a challenge, but it should not be an insurmountable obstacle. There are many different scholarships, grants, and loan programs dedicated to helping nursing students pay for their education.  Listed below are some of the more general opportunities as well as links to websites that offer information about scholarships and grants for more specific types of nursing students.

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Nursing Scholarships and Nursing Grants

AACN Scholarship
Amount: $5,000
Description: The new scholarship program provides support to outstanding nursing students in baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs at AACN member institutions.  Eligible applicants must be admitted or enrolled in a nursing school affiliated with CertifiedBackground.com or have submitted an application through nursing’s centralized application service, NursingCAS.Visit http://www.aacn.nche.edu/CertifiedBackground.htm to review the scholarship award criteria and download an application.

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Pocket Nurse Scholarship Fund
Amount:Varies
Description: Pocket Nurse, a nurse owned and operated company, has established this scholarship fund which is dedicated to assisting qualified applicants to pursue their education in the fields of Allied Health, Nursing, and Nursing Faculty.

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Hurst Reviews/AACN Nursing Scholarship
Amount: $2,500
Description: Hurst Review Services and AACN are partnering to offer a new scholarship program to recognize and reward outstanding students in prelicensure nursing programs. Two scholarships will be distributed each Fall and Spring to students enrolled in AACN member institutions.

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AfterCollege/AACN Nursing Scholarship Program
Amount: Varies
Description: The AfterCollege-AACN Scholarship Fund supports students who are seeking a baccalaureate, master’s or doctoral degree in nursing. Special consideration will be given to students in a graduate program with the goal of becoming a nurse educator; completing an RN to BSN or MSN program; and those enrolled in an accelerated nursing program.

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New Careers In Nursing
Amount: $10,000
Description: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and AACN are pleased to issue a new Call for Proposals for the RWJF New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program. This groundbreaking program is designed to alleviate the nation’s nursing shortage by dramatically expanding the pipeline of students in accelerated baccalaureate and master’s nursing programs. Scholarships will be awarded to up to 400 entry-level nursing students through this fourth round of funding. Preference will be given to students from groups underrepresented in nursing or from a disadvantaged background.

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Caroline E. Holt Nursing Scholarship (Daughters of the American Revolution)
Amount: $1,000
Description: This is a college scholarship for nursing majors who are in financial need. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be accepted to or enrolled in an accredited school of nursing.

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JustHomeMedical.com Health Care Leaders Scholarship
Amount: $1,000
Description: This scholarship from JustHomeMedical.com will be awarded to one health care student to assist him or her in becoming a future health leader. The applicant must be a legal US resident enrolled in a health education program by Spring 2014. Applicants must submit a video describing their goals as a health care professional.

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March of Dimes
Amount: $5,000
Description: Must currently be enrolled in a graduate program in maternal-child nursing at the master’s level. Must have at least one academic term to complete after May of the year in which the scholarship is awarded. Applicant must be a member of at least one of the following professional organizations: the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses; the American College of Nurse-Midwives; or the National Association of Neonatal Nurses. Applicant cannot be a previous recipient of the March of Dimes graduate nursing scholarship.

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March of Dimes Graduate Nursing Scholarships
Amount: $5,000
Description: To recognize and promote excellence in nursing care of mothers and babies, the March of Dimes offers several $5,000 scholarships annually to registered nurses enrolled in graduate programs of maternal-child nursing.

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American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
Amount: Up to $62,500
Description: Applicants are required to be current AANP members; if selected as an award recipient, AANP membership must be maintained throughout the entire award funding cycle. Must be be formally admitted to and currently attending courses in a fully accredited MSN program. Must be enrolled in an FNP or WHNP Program. Must maintain 3.5GPA.

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SGNA RN Advancing Education Scholarship
Amount: $1,000-$2,500
Description: Registered nurses working in gastroenterology who wish to continue their education by pursuing a bachelor’s master’s, or doctoral degree. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be members of the SGNA, and be enrolled full- or part-time in an accredited advanced degree program. Applicants must complete their intended course work with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Scholarship will be awarded after the winner successfully completes the course work.

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A.C.N.M. Foundation, Inc Basic Midwifery Student Scholarship
Amount: Varies
Eligible applicants must:
– Be enrolled as a student in good standing in an ACME-accredited basic midwifery education
program
– Have successfully completed one academic or clinical semester/quarter or clinical module
– Be a current member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM)
– Agree to complete a brief data collection form for the A.C.N.M. Foundation within one year,
if an award is received. Submission of a signed application serves as your consent to
complete the form.

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Edith B. Wonnell Scholarship
Amount: Varies
Eligible applicants must:
– Plan to work in a home or birth center midwifery practice after graduation.
– Be enrolled as a student in good standing in an ACME-accredited basic midwifery education
program
– Have successfully completed one academic or clinical semester/quarter or clinical module
– Be a current member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM)
– Agree to complete a brief data collection form for the A.C.N.M. Foundation within one year,
if an award is received. Submission of a signed application serves as your consent to
complete the form.

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Midwives of Color – Watson Scholarship
Amount: Varies
Eligible applicants must:
- Self-identify as a person of color
- Be enrolled as a student in good standing in an ACME-accredited basic midwifery education program
- Have successfully completed one academic or clinical semester/quarter or clinical module
- Be a current member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM)
- Agree to complete a brief data collection form for the A.C.N.M. Foundation within one year, if an award is received. Submission of a signed application serves as your consent to complete the form.

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Susan Stein Scholarship
Amount: Varies
Eligible applicants must:
- Have had or currently have a personal experience with breast cancer, either their own or a
family member.
– Be enrolled as a student in good standing in an ACME-accredited basic midwifery education
program
– Have successfully completed one academic or clinical semester/quarter or clinical module
– Be a current member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM)
– Agree to complete a brief data collection form for the A.C.N.M. Foundation within one year,
if an award is received. Submission of a signed application serves as your consent to
complete the form.

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Nurses Educational Funds, Inc
Amount: Varies
All MSN students must be enrolled full- OR part-time in a professionally NLNAC or CCNE accredited nursing program. Completed at least 12 credits of the program and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.6.

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National Student Nurses’ Association
Amount: $1,000-$2,500
U.S. citizens and students with an Alien Registration number currently enrolled in state-approved schools of nursing or pre-nursing in associate degree, baccalaureate, diploma, generic doctorate, and generic master’s programs. Funds are not available for graduate study unless it is for a first degree in nursing. RN to BSN/MSN and LPN/LVN to RN students are also eligible.

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GSA Scholarship Program (International)
Amount: Varies
Description: This scholarship program is for qualified international nurses. This is a work/study program that combines a bachelor’s or master’s degree with practical training and employment at an approved university-affiliated US hospital.

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Health Careers Scholarship
Amount: $1,000
Description: This is a college scholarship for medicine majors, dentistry majors, nursing majors, pharmacy majors, physical therapy majors, occupational therapy majors, and medical technologies majors. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be US or Canadian citizens, be enrolled full-time, and be in at least the third year of their college education. R.N. students must have completed the first year of schooling. Pre-med students are not eligible to apply. For those students seeking degrees of M.D. or D.D.S. application must be for at least the second year of medical or dental school. There is no age limit. Requests for scholarship applications must include a stamped, self-addressed legal size envelope.

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Madeline Pickett (Halbert) Cogswell Nursing Scholarship
Amount: $1,000
Description: The Madeline Pickett (Halbert) Cogswell Nursing Scholarship is awarded to students who are accepted or enrolled in an accredited school of nursing. Applicants must be members, descendents of members or be eligible for membership in NSDAR. DAR Member Number must be on the Application.

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American Academy of Nurse Practicioners Foundation Scholarship and Grant Program
Amount: $10,000
Description: Must be a member of AANP.

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Anna May Rolando Scholarship Award
Amount: $500
Description: Scholarship will be awarded to a nursing student with a disability. Preference will be given to a graduate student who has demonstrated a commitment to working with people with disabilities. Applicants must be students with a documented disability who have applied to, or already been admitted to, a college or university program on a full-time basis.

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St. Francis School of Nursing Alumni of Pittsburgh, PA Scholarship Fund
Amount:Varies
Description:To provide scholarships for graduate and undergraduate students in a professional nursing program.

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Japanese American Citizens League Scholarship Program
Amount: Varies
Description: Applicant must be an active National JACL member. JACL Membership is open to everyone of any ethnic background. All who meet eligibility criteria are welcomed and encouraged to apply. Note: applicants need to hold an Individual or Student/Youth Membership (Couple/Family membership by a parent will not meet this requirement). Applicants must be planning to attend full time at a college, university, trade school, business school, or any other institution of higher learning within the United States at the undergraduate or graduate school level in the fall semester of the application year. Students deferring enrollment will not qualify for the scholarship program.

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Public Health Service, US Dept of Health and Human Resources
Amount: Full tuition, fees, books, and monthly stipend.
Description: Must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a professional registered nurse program (baccalaureate, graduate, associate degree, or diploma) at accredited school of nursing located in a U.S. state or territory. Must obtain a license and obtain a position at a critical shortage facility within 6 months of graduation. Must agree to work at the specified health care facility for at least 2 years.

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Oncology Nursing Society Foundation Masters Scholarship
Amount: $1,000
Description: The candidate must be currently enrolled in (or applying to) a masters nursing degree at an NLN or CCNE accredited School of Nursing and enrolled in the academic year of their application. The candidate must have a current license to practice as a registered nurse and must have an interest in and commitment to oncology nursing. Upon completion of degree, the nurse shall submit a summary describing the education activities in which he/she participated.

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Pearl Moore Career Development Award
Amount: $3,000
Description: Must have current employment as a staff nurse with a minimum of 75% time devoted to direct patient care with an oncology population. Two or more years in oncology nursing practice by application due date. Individual possess or in pursuit of a BSN or MSN. Individuals already with an advanced degree are not eligible for this award.

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James D. Durante & Ruth E. Stafford Nursing Scholarships
Amount: $1,000
Description: Be a full or part-time employee of a NYSHFA member facility for at least twelve months prior to date of application. The applicant must be employed at the same facility at the time of the award presentation at the annual convention in June.Upon successful completion of the course of study, scholarship recipients will work in a long-term health care facility for at least one year.Be applying to or enrolled in / accepted to an accredited school of nursing program for the academic year of their application.

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American Association of Critical Care Nurses Educational Advancement Scholarships
Amount: Up to $3,000
Description: Individual possess or in pursuit of a BSN or MSN. Individuals already with an advanced degree are not eligible for this award. Current active membership in AACN at time of application and throughout the term of the funded activity is required.

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ENA Foundation Scholarships
Amount: Varies
Description: The ENA provides several opportunities for prospective nurses such as annual conference scholarships, leadership tapestry scholarships, and academic scholarships.

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AORN Foundation
Amount: Varies
Description: Nursing students (applicant must be in an accredited program leading to initial licensure as an RN), baccalaureate, master, and doctoral candidates with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher.
International students are welcome to apply.
Because we are the member association for perioperative nurses, the applicant must possess an interest in the field of perioperative/surgical nursing. This interest and/or experience must be clearly demonstrated in the personal statement.

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Greta James Nursing Scholarship
Amount: $2,500
Description: In remembrance of Greta James, ScrubShopper will award two $2,500 scholarships to nursing students. Candidates for these scholarships will include persons currently attending or enrolled to attend nursing school.

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ACNP Nurse Practitioner Student Scholarship Award
Amount: $1000
Description: The recipient receives a one-year’s membership in ACNP and $1000 scholarship. The Award is presented annually at the ACNP National Clinical Conference. The recipient will receive a complementary registration to the Clinical Conference and a maximum of $750 to defer travel and lodging expenses.

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Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation/Procter & Gamble Endowed Scholarship in Community Service
Amount: $1,000
Description: Must be a nurse practitioner graduate student who has made a significant positive contribution in school, in the community, or in patient care while in the pursuit of an advanced degree.

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Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation/Procter & Gamble Endowed Scholarship in Gastroenterology
Amount: $1,000
Description: Must be a nurse practitioner graduate student whose clinical and/or research interests are in the field of gastroenterology.

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Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation/Astellas Heart Health Through the Ages Award Program
Amount: $4,000
Description: For practicing nurse practitioners and graduate nurse practitioner students whose service, research, or educational projects are related to promoting heart health. There will be one (1) award each in pediatrics, adult medicine, and geriatrics.

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Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation/Purdue Pharma L.P. Pain Management Awards
Amount: $5,000
For practicing nurse practitioners and graduate nurse practitioner students whose research or educational projects are related to pain management. Priority will be given to projects that target pain relief while avoiding misuse/abuse/diversion.

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“A Nurse I Am” Film Scholarship
Amount: Up to 10 $2,000 Schoarships
Description: View the “A Nurse I Am Film” and then submit the scholarship application (including a required essay)

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Tylenol Future Care Scholarship
Amount: Up to $10,000

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McKesson Nursing Scholarship
Amount: $1,000

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Nursing Scholarships for Minority Students

Sequoyah Graduate Scholarships
Amount: $1,500
Description: For American Indian and Alaskan Native full-time students who are working toward a graduate degree. Applicant must be minimally ¼ degree Indian blood from a federally recognized tribe. Please include a certificate of enrollment and blood quantum from your tribe or B.I.A.

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Elizabeth and Sherman Asche Memorial Scholarship
Amount: $1,500
Description: Open to all American Indian and Alaskan Native graduate and undergraduate students pursuing a Major in Public Health. Disbursement is made in the amount of $1,500 per semester, with subsequent disbursements requiring a copy of the first semesters’ grades and a second semester class schedule.

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Florence Young Memorial Graduate Scholarships
Amount: $1,500
Description: For American Indian and Alaskan Native full-time students who are working toward a Masters in art, public health, or law. Applicant must be minimally ¼ degree Indian blood from a federally recognized tribe. Please include a certificate of enrollment and blood quantum from your tribe or B.I.A.

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National Black Nurse Association Scholarships
Amount: $500-$2,000 
Description: Candidate must be currently enrolled in a nursing program (M.S.N) and in good scholastic standing at the time of application. Must be a member of NBNA and a member of a local chapter (if one exists in your area). Applicant must have at least one full year of school remaining. 

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HSF/ General College Scholarships
Amount: $1,000-$5,000
Description: Must be of Hispanic heritage, be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident with a permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551 (not expired), have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and have plans to enroll FULL-TIME at a two or four year U.S. accredited institution in the U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands or Guam during the academic yea of their application.
Must apply for federal financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Be pursuing first undergraduate or graduate degree

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Adolph Van Pelt Scholarship
Amount: $1,500
Description: Applicant must have at least a quarter degree Indian blood from a federally recognized tribe. Certificate of enrollment and blood quantum from his or her tribe or Bureau of Indian Affairs are required to be submitted. Award is based upon financial need and merit.

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National Association of Hispanic Nurses Scholarship and Awards
Amount: Up to $5,000
Description: Must be a member of NAHN for at least 6 months. Must be enrolled in a graduate nursing program in order to become licensed.

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Nursing Financial Aid Resources:

Discovernursing.com
Dicscovernursing.com, in partnership with Johnson & Johnson’s Campaign for Nursing’s Future, offers an extensive list of scholarship opportunities for nursing students in need of financial aid.  Narrow your searches by State, GPA, ethnicity, and education level in order to find the scholarships that you have the best chance of receiving.

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Nursing Scholarship Search
NursingSchoolsguide.com has a scholarship search that allows you to narrow searches according to state, GPA, and educational level.

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NursingScholarship.us
Nursingscholarship.us provides lots of great information about nursing scholarships like how not to be fooled by nursing scholarship scams and how to write an impressive scholarship essay for your application. It lacks  an exhaustive list of available scholarships that the above two resources provide, but it makes up for it with loads of helpful suggestions for anyone who wants help paying for nursing school at any educational level.

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The American Association of Colleges of Nursing
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) provides resources for graduate and post-graduate nursing students, resources for undergraduate nursing students, general scholarship and financial information and links to loan repayment or forgiveness programs.

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Nursing Loans

Federal Stafford Loans

  • Year 1: $7,500
  • Year 2: $8,500
  • Year 3: $10,500
  • Year 4: $10,500
  • Graduate Years: $20,500 (per year)
  • Interest Rates:
  • Direct Subsidized Loans (Undergraduates) 3.86%
  • Direct Unsubsidized Loans (Undergraduates) 3.86%
  • Direct Unsubsidized Loans (Graduate/Professional Students) 5.41%
  • Direct PLUS Loans (Parents and Graduate or Professional Students) 6.41%

Some nursing students may also be eligible for as much as $40,500 per year during graduate school.

If your Federal Stafford Loan is not enough to fully finance your nursing education and, visit PrivateStudentLoans.com to apply for a private loan. Enter the college or university you hope to attend, and you will receive relevant information on loan amounts and interest rates.

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Loan Repayment:

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration offers a special loan repayment program for students who are in debt due to loans used for a nursing education. The program hopes to eliminate the current shortage of nurses in public health-care settings.

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Public Service Loan Forgiveness
Amount: Varies

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AmeriCorps Loan Forgiveness
Amount: $7400 in stipends plus $4725 to be used towards your loan

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Health Resources and Svs (HHS)
Amount: Up to 75% of loan balance
Description: First preference for funding is given to qualified applicants whose total qualifying educational loans are 40 percent or greater than their base annual salary and who work at a Disproportionate Share Hospital or Critical Access Hospital; Federally Qualified Health Center or Look-Alike, Indian Health Service Health Center, Native Hawaiian Health Center, or Rural Health Clinic; Nursing Home; or State or Local Public Health or Human Services Department.

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National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment
Amount: $50,000
Description: Must work 2 yrs. full-time clinical practice at an approved site.

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State-by-State Nursing Scholarships

Find nursing scholarships specific to your state by clicking on yours states name below:

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