Nursing School Grants

Why Be A Nurse?

Nurses are in high demand all over the world, regardless of where you live there are many opportunities to take advantage of in the nursing profession. Like all professions, becoming a nurse does require academic credentials, unless you are taking courses at a college online, such schooling can be expensive for most people. Luckily, there are a lot of government financial aid programs as well as private organizations all established to supply students with the funding they need to attend college.

Application Process For Nursing Grants

Grant distribution is based off of personal background and eligibility. Grant choices range from gender, ethnicity, to orientation. The first step to being eligible for any grant is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Once you have completed your FAFSA form you can then apply for any grants you’d like. If you have any questions be sure to check in with a counselor at any local university or federal office for further guidance.

Federal Grant Options For Nursing

A good place to start exploring the funding options available to you is the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA). The CFDA is a listing of every grant program (currently 1400+) offered by federal agencies. Ideas include the Nursing Scholarship offered by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Pell Grant. Other options include the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) which awards around $1,500 to any students who have completed any baccalaureate or graduate degree programs in nursing. Non-profit, applicant-specific organizations exist as well, such as the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN). New nursing grant programs and opportunities are emerging all the time so be sure to check in with a counselor to learn about your options as they become available to you. A reliable way to stay up to date with nurse grant programs is by visiting  the American Association of Colleges of Nursing as well as The College Board which provides an up to date scholarship search.

1. Nursing Scholarship Program

The Nursing Scholarship Program is available to any undergraduate currently enrolled in an accredited nursing institute, and who is willing to serve at least 2 years at any health care facility upon graduation. The focus of this program is to help relieve the critical shortage of nurses by helping eager students complete their training and become registered as nurses. This program offers payment for tuition, book fees, supplies/instruments, uniform fees, and other reasonable costs, and gives out over 400 awards a year.

2. The Pell Grant

In addition, some federal grants aren’t targeted towards any specific career choice but instead focus on supplying financial aid to any low income students. The Pell Grant is a good choice for such students because it guarantees student funding specific to their personal  financial situation rather then a general set payment. Payment by the Pell Grant is determined through a student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

State Grants For Nursing

All states offer state funded grants to students and particularly an increasingly large amount towards students seeking work in the nursing field. The American Nurses Association announced that legislators in state government are being implored to fill health care needs and resulting action is being taken. For example, in North Carolina there have been over 300 awards provided to the Nurse Scholars Program alone in order to strengthen universities and help get qualified and tenacious students the schooling they need. Every state has their own grants to offer, be sure to research your own state to see what opportunities lie in store for you.

Minority Grants For Nurses

As a result of racial and minority disparity in the health care industry, many organizations have created grant programs for minorities seeking nurse training. In doing so these organizations are positively addressing two important issues, the shortage of nurses and the difficulty of motivated minorities being able to attend college. A wide variety of organizations are now offering such programs, from universities to all kinds of non-profits. Taking advantage of minority grants in addition to federal grants can result in full payment of your tuition, and is highly recommended.

1. National Association of Hispanic Nurses

The National Association of Hispanic Nurses is a prime example of a non-profit minority funding association. Their goal is to promote the professionalism and determination of Hispanics desiring a career in the nursing field by actively providing equality amongst education, profession, and economic opportunity for Hispanic nurses. Recently the NAHN has reported that they will be providing $40,000 in scholarships to any bilingual/bi-cultural students who are pursuing a career in the nursing field funded by the United Health Foundation.

2. National Society of the Colonial Dames of America

The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America is an unincorporated association that sponsors a wide variety of scholarship programs as well as patriotic serves and educational projects. They currently host the American Indie Nurse Scholarship Award which provides American Indians in financial need that are currently enrolled in an accredited nursing school, with the funding they need to complete their education as a nurse. The program awards around $500-$2500 maximum to any students who fit the criteria.

Finding The Nursing Grant For You

Research is key in all areas of financial aid. Before applying to any grant make sure that you are personally eligible for it, you will find that most grants target a specific audience, such as someone of a particular ethnicity or community. If you fail to fit in a targeted category then you won’t have much of a chance when competing with people who do fit the description. Most grants pay only a part of your tuition, but some can pay all of it, so don’t become discouraged if you aren’t accepted right away, and continue applying  for any grants that you are eligible for.

FAFSA Form

The FAFSA form is required to apply for all grants,  however most grants additionally request more detailed information about you. As you continue applying to different programs make sure that your FAFSA is updated every year that you partake in financial assistance, because not doing so can cause a lot of confusion for your fundholders. Be sure to avoid scams by checking that the fund holder is a reputable source. Make sure you also continue searching for grants on a weekly basis in order to benefit from as many grant opportunities as you can.

 

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