NURSE Corps Scholarship Program

As a student accepted or enrolled in a diploma, associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degree nursing program, you can receive funding for tuition, fees, and other educational costs. In exchange you must work at a facility with a critical shortage of nurses—a Critical Shortage Facility (CSF)—upon graduation.

Am I Eligible for a Scholarship?

Review the following NURSE Corps Scholarship Program requirements to find out.

I am:

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

We give funding preference depending on your financial need.

Why Should I Apply for the NURSE Corps Scholarship Program?

Too many Americans—particularly in underserved areas—go without checkups, preventive screenings, vaccines, and other care, simply because there are not enough health care professionals to provide care and treatment in their communities. The NURSE Corps Scholarship Program enables you to fulfill your passion to care for underserved people in some of the neediest communities across the country.

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; and
  • a monthly stipend ($1,330 for the 2016-2017 academic year).

How Do I Apply?

We accept applications each spring. Sign up to find out when the next cycle opens.

Before You Apply

Before you apply, read the annually updated Application and Program Guidance (PDF - 855 KB). Make sure you understand the terms and conditions of the NURSE Corps contract, which outlines the requirement for fulfilling your minimum two years of service at an eligible Critical Shortage Facility.

Date Last Reviewed:  October 2016


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