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 an eligible facility 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 ($1,344 for the 2017-2018 academic year).

Note: Federal Taxes

All awards are subject to federal taxes. Starting January 1, 2018, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) began withholding federal income and FICA taxes on the entire NURSE Corps SP award, in keeping with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rules.

Learn more:

FAQs: NURSE Corps Scholarship

Webinar: NURSE Corps Scholarship Tax Withholding Update

How do I apply?

The application cycle for the 2017 NURSE Corps Scholarship program is closed. Sign up to be notified when the next application cycle opens.

When you are ready to apply, first read the annually updated Application and Program Guidance. 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:  February 2018

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