Paying for Nursing School

From start to finish, a BSN student will easily spend four years and tens of thousands of dollars earning their degree and nursing credentials. Even those who begin their BSN programs as fully licensed RNs or college graduates from other fields can expect to commit a major portion of their salaries and time until graduation. Fortunately, very few students shoulder these financial burdens alone. With a little research and planning, you won’t have to, either.


I. Federal Student Loans

Federal student loans are offered at a fixed interest rate, generally making them a better option for students than variable-interest loans from banks, credit bureaus, and other private organizations.

The first and most important step to obtaining a low cost federal loan is to file your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). You can learn more about FAFSA deadlines and the application process through the Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid website or their FAFSA youtube channel.

If you are already enrolled or accepted at an accredited nursing program in the U.S., you will most likely qualify for at least one of the federal loans below. Check the links below for more information about terms and eligibility. (To find and compare accredited RNtoBSN programs, see our program directory.)

Federal loan recipients who go into nursing may also qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. After ten years, the PSLF program will forgive outstanding student loan debts if a borrower:

  1. Spent those ten years employed in the public service or public health sector full-time (min. 30 hours a week)
  2. Has made 120 qualifying payments toward their loan (usually ten years of payments)

II. Nursing Grants

Grants operate like scholarships in that they are awarded according to financial need or academic performance and are often designated to students pursuing degrees in high-demand fields. While the cash value of a grant does not have to be repaid, grants do require more from students than most scholarships do.

Nursing grants in particular often work as an exchange — students receive full or partial tuition coverage during their BSN program and in turn commit to working for a sponsor-approved employer for a length of time after graduation.

BSN students interested in this kind of commitment may qualify for the U.S. Department Health and Human Services’ NURSE Corps program. NC program participants receive full tuition and fee coverage during school as well as a monthly stipend for the duration of their program. Upon graduation, NC scholars fulfill a service obligation working two years at a health care facility located in one of the Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) designated by the HHS.

Many nursing grants are also sponsored at the state level. Unlike federal aid, which is administered directly through the Department of Education, state grants are distributed by your school. Once you’ve filed your FAFSA, you will automatically be considered for all government-sponsored aid programs, including state sponsored grants.

For a list of educational grants available in your state, contact your local board of higher education. Remember some grants will only be available at certain schools. Confirm with your financial aid office that your program participates in the state programs you qualify for.


III. Nursing Scholarships

There are plenty of nursing scholarships out there, but the hard part is finding the awards that best meet your circumstances and needs. Unlike many general undergraduate scholarships, the eligibility terms and restrictions of nursing scholarships are strict and vary widely by sponsor.

Of course, both undergraduate and graduate level nursing students can take advantage of general education scholarships as well. Our searchable scholarship directory features nearly 200 active scholarships specifically designated for U.S. nursing students, and more than 10,000 national ones available to all eligible students. Get started by choosing one or more of the following filters to narrow your search results:

  • Area of Study (nursing specific and general scholarships)
  • Renewable
  • Minimum GPA
  • Enrollment levels
  • Sponsored by school
  • Race
  • State

Keep in mind that many of the best scholarships are limited to certain schools, states, or even counties. Other awards are reserved for students from certain backgrounds or who are pursuing highly specialized certifications in areas like anesthesia or critical care. Read the terms of each award carefully before submitting an application.


IV. Scholarship Database


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  2. Fresno-Madera Medical Society Scholarship

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    (559) 224-4224 ext. 12

    Application

    Applicant must have been a resident of either Fresno or Madera counties, Calif. for at least one year and be approved for matriculation in a medical school. Award will be sent to the school of matriculation to be administered toward tuition, lab fees, books, and any other valid educational expenses.

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    Deadline: May 15 Study Areas: medicine Enrollment Level: Other postgraduate-level study Renewable: Y
  3. Estelle Massey Osborne Scholarship

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    Applicant should be a black registered nurse who is a member of a professional nursing association and enrolled in or applying to a full-time master's degree program in nursing approved by the National League for Nursing and CCNE. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or have declared official intention of becoming one. Applicant must submit GRE or MAT scores. Selection is based upon academic achievement and evidence of service to the profession. Send $20 check to cover postage and handling when requesting application.

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    Deadline: March 1 Study Areas: nursing Enrollment Level: Master's-level study, Doctoral-level study Ethnicity Preference: African American or Black Renewable: N
  4. M. Elizabeth Carnegie Scholarship

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    Applicant must be a black registered nurse and member of a professional nursing organization, be enrolled in a doctoral program in nursing or a nursing-related field, and be a U.S. citizen or have officially declared desire to become one. Selection is based upon academic achievement and evidence of service to the profession. Applicant must submit GRE or MAT scores. Send $20 check by February 1 to cover postage and handling when requesting application.

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    Deadline: March 1 Study Areas: nursing Enrollment Level: Master's-level study, Doctoral-level study Ethnicity Preference: African American or Black Renewable: N
  5. Nursing Fund Scholarship

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    150 W Market St. Suite 500 Indianapolis, IN 46204

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    (317) 232-2350

    Application

    Applicant must be an Indiana resident and demonstrate financial need. Award may be used at Indiana schools only.

    Additional Information

    Deadline: None Minimum GPA: 2 Study Areas: nursing Enrollment Level: College freshman, College sophomore, College junior, College senior Renewable: Y
  6. FNSNA Scholarship

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    Applicant must be enrolled at a state-approved school of nursing or pre-nursing. Graduate applicant must be pursuing his or her first nursing degree. Selection is based upon academic achievement, financial need, and involvement in student nursing organizations and community service related to health care.

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    Deadline: January 10 Study Areas: nursing Enrollment Level: College sophomore, Doctoral-level study, Master's-level study, College junior, College senior Renewable: N
  7. Board of Governors Medical Scholarship

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    Applicant must be a North Carolina resident, demonstrate financial need, and intend to practice medicine in North Carolina. Minorities are encouraged to apply.

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    Deadline: May Study Areas: medicine Enrollment Level: Doctoral-level study Renewable: Y
  8. Eight and Forty Lung and Respiratory Nursing Scholarship

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    P.O. Box 1055 Indianapolis, IN 46206

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    (317) 630-1249

    Application

    Applicant must be a registered nurse seeking advanced preparation for a full-time position in supervision, administration, or teaching with a direct relationship to lung and respiratory control.

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    Deadline: May 15 Study Areas: nursing Enrollment Level: Doctoral-level study, Master's-level study Renewable: N
  9. Oconee Memorial Hospital Annual Scholarship

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    Applicant must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA.

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    Deadline: March 1 Minimum GPA: 3 Study Areas: nursing Enrollment Level: College freshman, College sophomore, College junior, College senior Renewable: N
  10. Alvin and Mona Libin Scholarship in Medicine

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    Applicant must be an Alberta resident entering the first year at the Faculty of Medicine M.D. program and have a minimum 3.2 GPA. Selection is based upon academic merit. Extracurricular activities and community involvement are considered. Award is in Canadian dollars.

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    Deadline: October 1 Minimum GPA: 3 Study Areas: medicine Enrollment Level: Doctoral-level study Renewable: N
  11. Ailene C. Ewell Scholarship Award

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    3029 Thirteenth Street, NW Washington, DC 20009

    Application

    Applicant must be referred by a chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority. Selection is based upon financial need, scholastic ability, interest in nursing, and leadership potential.

    Additional Information

    Deadline: February 28 Study Areas: nursing Enrollment Level: College senior Renewable: Y
  12. Nursing Scholarship

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    Applicant must be a Connecticut resident studying at a Connecticut nursing school.

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    Deadline: October 15 Study Areas: nursing Enrollment Level: College freshman, College junior, Master's-level study, Doctoral-level study, College sophomore, College senior Renewable: N
  13. Alman H. Cooke Scholarship

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    3435 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14214

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    (716) 829-2072

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    Deadline: December 1 Study Areas: medicine Renewable: Y
  14. James H. Cummings Scholarship

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    3435 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14214

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    (716) 829-2072

    Application

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    Deadline: December 1 Study Areas: medicine Renewable: Y
  15. Dr. Robert Elliott Scholarship

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    3435 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14214

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    (716) 829-2072

    Application

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    Deadline: December 1 Study Areas: medicine Renewable: Y
  16. Dr. Else T. Marcus Scholarship

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    Applicant must be a Staten Island resident and be entering a bachelor's degree program.

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    Deadline: May 1 Study Areas: nursing Enrollment Level: College freshman Renewable: N
  17. Betty C. Edwards Nursing Scholarship

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    Office of Financial Aid 940 Second Street Portsmouth, OH 45662

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    (740) 351-4357

    Application

    Applicant must be a resident of Amas or Scioto County, OH pursuing an associate or bachelors degree in nursing full-time. Minimum 3.0 GPA required.

    Additional Information

    Deadline: February 15 Minimum GPA: 3 Study Areas: nursing Enrollment Level: College sophomore Renewable: N
  18. Anniece Addy Brooks R.N. Grant

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    (850) 474-2881

    Application

    Applicant must be in B.S. nursing program and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

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    Deadline: None Minimum GPA: 3 Study Areas: nursing Enrollment Level: College sophomore, College junior, College senior Renewable: N
  19. Sarah Perry Wood Medical Fellowship

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    Center for Work & Service ,

    Application

    Applicant must be a woman and a graduate of Wellesley College. Selection is based upon merit and need.

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    Deadline: Early January Study Areas: medicine Enrollment Level: Doctoral-level study Renewable: N
  20. Lillian Alden Brooks Endowed Nursing Scholarship

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    Applicant must have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA. Selection is based upon financial need.

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    Deadline: March 1 Minimum GPA: 3 Study Areas: nursing Enrollment Level: College senior, College junior, College sophomore, College freshman Renewable: Y
  21. Gracie Evelyn Boggs Jameson Scholarship

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    Applicant must have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA. Preference is given to student in oncology nursing.

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    Deadline: March 1 Minimum GPA: 3 Study Areas: Nursing Enrollment Level: College sophomore, College junior, College freshman, College senior Renewable: N
  22. Willie Johnson Scholarship

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    Applicant must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA. Selection is based upon financial need.

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    Deadline: March 1 Minimum GPA: 3 Study Areas: Nursing Enrollment Level: College sophomore, College freshman, College junior, College senior Renewable: Y
  23. Esther Brooks Moloney Endowed Nursing Scholarship

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    Applicant must demonstrate financial need and have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA.

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    Deadline: March 1 Minimum GPA: 3 Study Areas: Nursing Enrollment Level: College junior, College sophomore, College freshman, College senior Renewable: Y
  24. Nursing Alumni Endowed Scholarship (Class of May 1989)

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    Applicant must have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA.

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    Deadline: March 1 Minimum GPA: 3 Study Areas: Nursing Enrollment Level: College freshman, College senior, College junior, College sophomore Renewable: Y
  25. Sigma Theta Tau Endowed Nursing Scholarship

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    Applicant must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA.

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    Deadline: March 1 Minimum GPA: 3 Study Areas: Nursing Enrollment Level: College freshman, College sophomore, College junior, College senior Renewable: N
  26. Sad Sack Nursing Scholarship

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    (217) 528-4713

    Application

    Applicant must have been accepted into an approved nursing program in Illinois. Selection is based upon satisfactory academic record, character, extracurricular activities, and financial need.

    Additional Information

    Deadline: March 1 Study Areas: nursing Enrollment Level: College freshman, College junior Renewable: Y
  27. Reva W. Burns Annual Scholarship

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    Applicant must have shown compassion for elderly patients during clinical experience and must have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA.

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    Deadline: March 1 Minimum GPA: 3 Study Areas: Nursing Enrollment Level: College junior, College senior Renewable: N
  28. Oliver Kent Cecil Endowed Nursing Scholarship

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    Applicant must be a resident of South Carolina and have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA.

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    Deadline: March 1 Minimum GPA: 3 Study Areas: Nursing Enrollment Level: College junior, College freshman, College sophomore, College senior Renewable: Y
  29. Peggy Gardner Deane Endowed Nursing Scholarship

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    Applicant must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA and be a resident of Anderson County, S.C.

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    Deadline: March 1 Minimum GPA: 3 Study Areas: Nursing Enrollment Level: College junior, College senior Renewable: Y
  30. Melanie Lane Fields Memorial Scholarship

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    Applicant must be a resident of South Carolina and have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA.

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    Deadline: March 1 Minimum GPA: 3 Study Areas: Nursing Enrollment Level: College freshman, College sophomore, College senior, College junior Renewable: Y
  31. Maymi Walker Chandler Scholarship

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    (404) 651-3040

    Application

    Selection is based upon GPA, leadership, and need.

    Additional Information

    Deadline: None Study Areas: nursing Enrollment Level: College senior, College junior, Doctoral-level study, College freshman, College sophomore, Master's-level study Renewable: N
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