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Military Financial Aid Opportunities

Minority Financial Aid Opportunities

Private Funding and Other Financial Aid

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars

Institutional Funding

State of Illinois Grants and Scholarship Opportunities


Nurse Educator Scholarships:

In 2006 as part of a package of initiatives to address the nursing shortage, Governor Blagojevich created the Nurse Educator Scholarship Program which provides scholarships for master level nursing students who commit to teaching at a nursing school in Illinois following graduation. Recipients will receive scholarships for tuition and fees as well as a living stipend. The program is administered by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC). Applications are now available. Top of Page  

Nursing Education Scholarship Program:

This program provides assistance to individuals pursuing a certificate in practical nursing, an associate degree in nursing, a hospital-based nursing diploma, a baccalaureate degree in nursing or a graduate degree in nursing. Amount of awards varies based upon type of degree, type of institution and whether the student is attending on a full- or part-time basis. Top of Page  

Nurse Educator Loan Repayment Program:

Governor Blagojevich also created the Nurse Educator Loan Repayment Program, which will be up and running by the end of 2007.This program will be administered through ISACand will allow nurse educators to receive $5000 in student loan forgiveness each year, for up to four years. For every year of student loan forgiveness received, the recipient must agree to continue working as a nurse educator. To be eligible, a nurse educator will need to be a resident of Illinois and have worked for at least one year in a teaching program in Illinois. Top of Page  

Competitive Grant for Nursing Schools:

This initiative creates a competitive grant for nursing schools to increase the number of nurses graduating from Illinois nursing programs. The grants can be used for a number of purposes, including but not limited to: student retention programs, increasing faculty, increasing clinical space, creation of an evening or weekend program and tutoring programs for the national nursing licensing exam. This Program is administered by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE). Top of Page  

Fellowships for Nursing School Faculty:

The Nurse Educator Fellowship Program provides $10,000 fellowships to outstanding nursing faculty in Illinois. to Fellowship funds are salary supplements that, at the discretion of the Fellow, may also be used for expenses related to professional development and continuing education. Faculty members are nominated by their nursing schools. The program is administered by IBHE Applications are now available and are due September 30, 2008.

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Federal Financial Aid Opportunitiess


Pell Grants:

Unlike loans, these loans do not have to be repaid. Generally Pell Grants are awarded only to undergraduate students who have not already earned a bachelor’s or professional degree. Top of Page  

Stafford Loans

Unlike loans, these loans do not have to be repaid. Generally Pell Grants are awarded only to undergraduate students who have not already earned a bachelor’s or professional degree. Are subsidized loans awarded on the basis of financial need. You will not be charged any interest before you begin repayment or during authorized periods of deferment. (An unsubsidized loan is not awarded on the basis of need. You’ll be charged interest from the time the loan is paid in full.)

Additional information about government financial assistance may be found at the following link:

For information about other federal aid be sure and visit the Federal Student Aid website at There is also a site to help you complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid at

A downloadable guide is also available for use at:

US Department of Health and Human Services :

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Military Financial Aid Opportunities

The U.S. Armed Forces has financial aid opportunities available. For more information, visit

For specific information on Army Nursing, visit:

For specific information on Air Force Nursing, visit:

For specific information on the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps, visit:

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Minority Financial Aid Opportunities

There are many financial aid opportunities available for minority nursing students. The following is a list of just a few sources. Click on the links below for more information. Top of Page

Private Funding and Other Financial Aid Opportunities

Local and state civic organizations as well as businesses often have scholarship monies available for nursing students. Contact your area Lion’s Club, Civitan Club, Rotary Club, or DAR to name a few. Businesses such as Target, Wal-Mart, Wendy’s and McDonald’s, among many others, may also have limited scholarship resources for education. The following links should help you get started searching for private and other financial aid opportunities: Top of Page

Institutional Funding

Each college or university will have financial aid resources available to students. Be sure to contact your education provider for more details and how to apply.

Mlitary Nursing

Service in the U.S. military can provide you one of the most rewarding and enriching experiences and provide opportunities for nursing education. Educational funding is provided for BSN, as well as Advanced Practice degrees in nursing with a commitment to serve in your selected branch of military service. RNs coming into the military with an Associate Degree will be considered enlisted personnel. RNs with a BSN or Advanced Practice degree (MSN or PhD) will be considered an officer. Military nurses work in base hospitals and clinics in addition to providing health care in field hospitals, aboard ship and can even provide in-flight care for air military medical transfers.

At Today’s Military, you can find more information about nursing careers ( including military versus civilian pay ( and ROTC ( information.

The following will information will provide you with links for more specific information on nursing careers in specific branches of the military.

Army Nursing

Both men and women have served as Army nurses since 1775. It wasn’t until the distinguished contributions of female contract nurses during and following the 1898 Spanish-American War were recognized, that the justification and need for a permanent nurse corps was established. The Army Nurse Corps became a part of the Army Medical Department in 1901.  Since that time thousands of men and women have served as army nurses for our nation caring for the sick and wounded, comforting the dying, risking their lives, being taken prisoner, and dying in the field.

Army Nurses

Army ROTC Nurse Officer Program


Navy Nursing

For nearly 100 years before Congress formally established the Navy Nurse Corps in 1908, women worked as nurses aboard Navy ships and in Navy hospitals. As early as the War of 1812, volunteers performed nursing duty in places that were often dangerous and required courage in the face of adversity. In addition to their own service-related activities, Navy nurses provide nursing support for the U.S. Marine Corps.

Navy Nurses



Air Force Nursing

The U.S. Air Force, which had been a part of the U.S. Army, was established as a separate service in 1947. The Air Force Nurse Corps was recognized as a branch of the U.S. Air Force in 1949. While traditional nursing roles exist in the Air Force, special training opportunities such as Flight Nurse are also available.

Air Force Reserve Nurses

Air Force ROTC Nursing Fact Sheet