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NURSE Corps Scholarship Program

The next NURSE Corps Scholarship application is scheduled to open in March or April 2015. Sign up to receive an e-mail when it does.

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NURSE Corps Scholarship Program enables students accepted or enrolled in a diploma, associate, baccalaureate or graduate nursing programs, including RN to BSN Bridge Program to receive funding for tuition, fees and other educational costs in exchange for working at an eligible Critical Shortage Facility upon graduation.

The NURSE Corps Scholarship Program is a selective program of the U.S. Government that helps alleviate the critical shortage of nurses currently experienced by certain types of health care facilities located in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). Upon graduation, NURSE Corps Scholarship recipients work at these facilities for at least 2 years, earning the same competitive salary and benefits as any new hire.

As much as half of the award funds are reserved for students pursuing a master’s level nurse practitioner degree.


In exchange for a minimum 2-year service commitment at a critical shortage facility located in a HPSA,  the NURSE Corps Scholarship Program pays:

  • tuition
  • eligible fees
  • other reasonable costs, such as books, clinical supplies/instruments and uniforms.
  • monthly stipend of ($1,302 for the 2014-2015 school year)

Eligible Applicants

  • U.S. citizens (born or naturalized), nationals or lawful permanent residents
  • enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a professional nursing degree program (baccalaureate, graduate, associate degree, or diploma) at accredited school of nursing located in the U.S.
  • begin classes no later than September 30
  • free from any Federal judgment liens
  • free from existing service commitments
  • not delinquent on a Federal debt

Selection Criteria

Preference is given to qualified applicants with the greatest financial need who are enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited undergraduate nursing program or Master’s nurse practitioner program as full-time students.

Participant Resources

Past-Year Application and Program Guidance

The rules determining compliance with the NCSP are determined by the Application and Program Guidance in effect the year you were funded. The service obligation changes regarding employment tiers for 2014 are not applicable to scholars awarded in previous application cycles. For your convenience, the 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010 APG’s are available here:

For Your School

Invoicing Guidelines for Schools (PDF - 112 KB)

For Program Participants

NURSE Corps Scholarship Mentorship Program

Webcasts & Presentations

“An In-Focus Look: NURSE Corps Scholarship & Loan Repayment Programs” Webinar for Primary Care Offices (June 2014)

Transitioning from School to Successful Service Completion (PDF - 3 MB)  

NURSE Corps Scholarship Graduates Webinar, May 2013

Stay Connected

Don’t just tell people about your NURSE Corps support – show them! Add a NURSE Corps badge  to your websites, social media profiles, email signatures and other communication materials.