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Nursing Scholarships, Grants and Financial Aid Guide

Undergraduates and graduates seeking Financial Aid for nursing school should visit sooner rather than later. You will need to complete the FAFSA financial aid application either online or file a paper application. There is just no way around this process for nursing students seeking financial aid. Each nursing college and university that you apply to will at some point require the FAFSA financial aid needs calculation, and your related household finances information.

The FAFSA forms are generally available in any nursing college and university financial aid office. You will speed the processing of your application if you apply and complete the form online. One step in the online process is to obtain a FAFSA Personal Identification Number (PIN). To obtain a FASFA PIN visit

Existing and future students can generally file the FAFSA at any time during the year, however, the closer you file to January 1 the better the chances are of receiving federally subsidized and college specific financial aid.

Nationwide Scholarship Search Databases

Though not specific to nursing, some major online scholarship databases do have something to offer the nursing student. FastWeb and Scholarship Expert for example, allow you to sign up and search their huge database for free. They boast a comprehensive database of both unrestricted and specialty scholarships. Additional features such as saved searches, automatic matching of scholarships to your needs, easy access to scholarship descriptions and application requirements, scholarship advisory services, and more.

Nursing Specific Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial aid, nursing scholarships, and nursing student grants can be obtained from many of the organizations which shape the nursing profession. Below is a list of such agencies. We expect this list to grow over time, so check back on occasion to review any new listings. If you are a member of one of these nursing organizations, we recommend that you review your membership benefits, and search for scholarships related to your field of work or study.

American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)
Nursing Scholarships: AACN maintains a list of hundreds of nursing scholarships. The list is browseable alphabetically, and includes a title, brief description, duration and deadline for each individual nursing scholarship. Though you will need to follow links through the AACN site to the awarding site, the list is sizeable enough to warrant your review.

American Association of Critical Care Nurses
Nursing Scholarships: AACN scholarships support members who are Registered Nurses enrolled in a Baccalaureate or graduate degree nursing program. The award amount is $1,500 per academic year, and may be used for tuition, fees, books, and supplies. The application process is currently closed, scheduled to reopen in January, 2007.
Nursing Grants: Look for the overview of available grants in table form. Small and large nursing grants are available, some with multiple award winners. Nursing grants amounts vary from below $500 up to $15,000 annually.

American Cancer Society (ACS)
Nursing Scholarships and Grants: ACS is the nation’s largest non-profit source of funds for scientists studying cancer. Funding programs are grouped into categories such as Research Grants, Mentored Training and Career Development, Professorships, Special Initiatives, and International Programs. For nurses, the two obvious scholarships available are the Master’s and Doctoral Degree Scholarships in Cancer Nursing. Others will require some reading and emails to ACS to help determine your eligibility.

American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA)
Nursing Scholarships:The Charlotte McGuire Scholarship Program – Two academic scholarships are awarded each year to nurses pursuing ADN, BSN, MSN, PhD and DNSc or similar undergraduate and graduate programs related to holistic nursing.
Nursing Research Grants: For AHNA members conducting research on topics related to holistic nursing. The candidate must have been an AHNA member for at least one year.
Conference Work Study: Available to ANHA members who can apply their conference experience to their current healthcare practice, demonstrate financial need, and agree to work a number of hours at the conference in exchange for tuition and related costs.
Link to all three:

Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN)
Nursing Scholarships: Deadline for the 2006-2007 scholarship has been extended until June 1, 2006. Scholarship applications for Student Nurse, BSN, Master’s and Doctorate programs are accessible from the AORN website.
Nursing Grants: Educational and research based grants are also available.

Foundation of the National Student Nurses Association (FNSNA)
Nursing Scholarships: FNSNA has been awarding scholarships to nursing students since 1974. FNSNA has awarded over $2 million dollars in nursing scholarships to undergraduate nursing students. Approximately $100,000 in awards are given each year, with scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 annually. Scholarships are awarded in the the spring of 2006 for use in the summer of 2007 and the 2007-2008 academic year.

Maternity Center Association
Nursing Scholarships: Details on there way.

National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN)
Nursing Scholarships: Details on there way.

National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN)
Nursing Scholarships: Details on there way.

National Black Nurses Association(NBNA)
Nursing Scholarships: Details on there way.

National Student Nurses Association (NSNA)
Nursing Scholarships: Details on there way.

Oncology Nursing Society
Nursing Scholarships: Details on there way.

United States Department of Health and Human Services Bureau of Health Professions
Nursing Scholarships: Details on there way.