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Apply to the Nurse Corps Scholarship Program

Eligible nursing students can apply to the Nurse Corps Scholarship Program (Nurse Corps SP).

If accepted, we pay your tuition, fees, and other educational costs. In return, you work at a Critical Shortage Facility (CSF) when you graduate.

Review and download the Nurse Corps Scholarship Program Fact Sheet (PDF - 138 KB)

Am I eligible for a scholarship?

You are eligible if you:

  • Are a U.S. citizen (born or naturalized), a national, or a lawful permanent resident
  • Are an accepted or enrolled student in a nursing degree program at a United States accredited school of nursing
  • Begin classes no later than September 30
  • Don’t have any federal judgment liens
  • Don’t have an existing service commitment
  • Aren’t overdue on a federal debt

Note: We give funding preference to those who need the most help financially.

How do I apply?

Make sure the application cycle is open. If it is, do these two things:

  1. Read our FY21 Nurse Corps Scholarship Program Application and Program Guidance (PDF - 681 KB).
  2. Submit your application via the Customer Service Portal.

Why should I apply?

If you receive an award, you’ll get a monthly stipend—and we’ll pay your

  • tuition;
  • eligible fees;
  • reasonable costs (e.g., books, clinical supplies/instruments, and uniforms).

Is the scholarship taxable?

Yes. Your entire scholarship award is taxable.

We report all awarded funds to the IRS. We don’t withhold state and local taxes from any of the scholarship payments.

What is a Critical Shortage Facility?

A CSF is a public or private health care facility located in, designated as, or serving a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA)

A HPSA is an area lacking enough primary care or mental health professionals.

Review the APG for a complete list of eligible facilities. 

Why is the Nurse Corps SP important?

Many Americans go without necessary health care. This includes checkups, preventive screenings, and vaccines. This happens when there aren’t enough health care workers in their communities.

There continues to be a need for nurses throughout the United States. The Nurse Corps SP helps address these issues.

What impact has Nurse Corps had on communities in need?

The Growth of the Nurse Corps Workforce in Rural and Underserved Communities

How to contact us

Call: 1-800-221-9393 | TTY: 1-877-897-9910
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