Determine Eligibility and Apply to the Nurse Corps Scholarship Program (NCSP)

Eligible nursing students can apply to the NCSP.

If accepted, we pay your tuition, fees, and other educational costs.

In return, you work at an eligible facility with a critical shortage of nurses—a Critical Shortage Facility (CSF)—upon graduation.

Are you eligible for a scholarship?

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen (born or naturalized), a national, or a lawful permanent resident
  • Be enrolled—or accepted for enrollment—in a professional nursing degree program at an accredited school of nursing in the U.S.
  • Begin classes no later than September 30
  • Have no federal judgment liens
  • Have no existing service commitment
  • Not be overdue on a federal debt

Note: We give funding preference depending on your financial need.

What should you do before you apply?

Before you apply, read the annually updated Application and Program Guidance (PDF - 581 KB).

You’ll find detailed requirements you must fulfill during your minimum two years of service at a CSF.

How do you apply?

When a scholarship cycle is open, you may submit your application through the Bureau Health Workforce (BHW) Customer Service Portal

Sign up for our emails — we’ll notify you when the next application cycle opens.

Why should you apply for the NCSP?

If awarded, you will receive financial support, including:

  • Tuition
  • Eligible fees
  • Annual payment for other reasonable costs, such as books, clinical supplies/instruments, and uniforms
  • A monthly stipend

Why is the NCSP important?

Too many Americans go without checkups, preventive screenings, vaccines, and other care.

There aren’t enough health care professionals to provide care and treatment in their communities.

There continues to be a need for nurses throughout the United States.

The NCSP assists in addressing these issues.

Is the scholarship taxable?

Yes. The entire scholarship award, including tuition, fees, other reasonable costs, and the monthly stipend, is subject to federal taxes.

All scholarship funds awarded to participants, or to their school on their behalf, is reported to the IRS on a Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement.

State and/or local taxes are not withheld from any of the scholarship payments.

Date Last Reviewed:  August 2019