Nurse Faculty Loan Program
I. Funding Opportunity Description
The purpose of the Nurse Faculty Loan Program
(NFLP) is to increase the number of qualified nursing
faculty by providing loans to students enrolled in
an advanced education nursing program. Eligible entities
are schools of nursing that offer advanced education
nursing programs to prepare graduates to serve as
faculty in a school of nursing.
The Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) is authorized
under the Title VIII of the Public Health Service
Act, Section 846A (42 U.S.C. 297n-1) to increase the
number of qualified nursing faculty.
Institutions apply for NFLP funds from the Department
of Health and Human Services (HHS). HHS, acting through
the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
is authorized to enter into an agreement with the
institution (hereafter referred to as “the school”)
and make a grant award to the school in the form of
a Federal Capital Contribution (FCC). The school must
use the FCC to establish a distinct account called
the NFLP fund.
The NFLP fund is used to provide loans to students
enrolled in an eligible advanced degree program in
nursing (master’s or doctoral) at the school.
After graduation from the advanced education nursing
degree program, loan recipients may cancel up to 85
percent of the NFLP loan over a consecutive 4-year
period while serving as full-time nurse faculty at
a school of nursing (i.e. baccalaureate or higher
degree, associate degree or diploma schools of nursing).
Eligible applicants are accredited collegiate schools
of nursing that offer “eligible” nursing
education programs that prepare qualified nurse faculty.
Applicants must submit documentation of program accreditation
and all approvals for new programs (i.e., new tracks/specialties
or doctoral programs) with the application. Failure
to provide documentation of accreditation and approvals
with the application will result in the application
being deemed non-responsive to the program guidance
and the application will not be considered for funding.
The NFLP has broadened the program scope for student
eligibility. As of fiscal year 2008, NFLP student
eligibility includes support for part-time enrollment.
In previous years, the NFLP did not support students
who were enrolled part-time.
II. Award Information
1. Type of Award
The grant award to the school will be provided
in the form of a Federal Capital Contribution (FCC).
The FCC award is used to establish a NFLP fund or
to deposit the award into an existing NFLP fund.
The NFLP applicant must apply annually for additional
2. Summary of Funding
For fiscal year 2008, approximately $7,860,000 is
available to fund an estimated 150 NFLP schools. Funding
beyond this fiscal year is dependent upon the availability
of appropriated funds for NFLP, the school’s
satisfactory performance, and a decision that continued
funding is in the best interest of the Federal government.
The NFLP is a formula-based program. The award amount
to each school is determined by calculating the school’s
tuition and fees multiplied by the number of continuing
NFLP students committed for support plus a select
number of new students. New students are those that
never received NFLP support.
III. Eligibility Information
1. Eligible Applicants
Eligible applicants are accredited collegiate
schools of nursing. Another department within the
institution, such as a Graduate School of Arts and
Sciences that offers an eligible advanced nursing
education program, may submit an NFLP application.
The graduate degree must be in nursing.
The school of nursing must offer a master’s
and/or doctoral degree program in nursing. The advanced
education nursing program(s) must include an education
component to prepare graduates to serve as faculty
in a school of nursing. The education component may
consist of education courses, preceptor and/or supervised
teaching practica identified within the curriculum.
The school may offer the education component for graduate
credit through a formal collaboration.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Post-Nursing Master’s
Certificate programs are not eligible.
The school must be located in a State in the United
States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth
of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, the
Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa or the Trust
Territory of the Pacific.
Eligible applicants are collegiate schools of nursing.
Any program of nurse education must be accredited
by a national nurse education accrediting agency or
State approval agency recognized by the Secretary
of the U.S. Department of Education. For FY 2008,
these agencies include the Commission on Collegiate
Nursing Education (CCNE), the National League for
Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), Iowa Board
of Nursing, Maryland Board of Nursing, Missouri Board
of Nursing, Montana Board of Nursing, North Dakota
Board of Nursing or New York Board of Nursing, the
Division of Accreditation of the American College
of Nurse-Midwives, and the Council on Accreditation
of Nurse Anesthesia Programs of the American Association
of Nurse Anesthetists. All nursing programs and consortium
partners (if applicable) associated with the project
must be accredited for the purpose of nursing education.
Applicants must submit documentation providing proof
of accreditation (e.g., an accreditation letter from
the accrediting agency or a copy of the certificate
of accreditation) with the application. Failure to
provide the proof of accreditation with the HRSA program
application will render the application non-responsive
and the application will not be considered for funding
under this announcement.
Accreditation for Newly Established Graduate
Program of Nursing: A new graduate program
of nursing that has not received accreditation because
of an insufficient period of operation, shall be deemed
accredited for the purposes of this title if the Secretary
of Education provides reasonable assurance that the
program will be able to achieve accreditation. The
applicant is requested to obtain the information listed
below from their intended accrediting body. The accrediting
body must be identified for this purpose and scope
by the Department of Education. The applicant then
provides the information to the Department of Education
contact listed below. The applicant requests that
the Department of Education provide them a letter
of reasonable assurance (meaning that, in the Department
of Education’s assessment of the information,
the applicant will be able to receive accreditation.
For fiscal year 2008, there is no specific accreditation
available through CCNE or NLNAC for doctoral programs.
Applicants that are requesting a “substantive
change” to an existing accredited graduate nursing
education program do not contact
the Department of Education.
The following process must be followed for new
graduate program applicants just beginning the accreditation
process who wish to establish eligibility
based on the provisions above:
- The applicant must contact a national nursing
accrediting or State approval body recognized by
the Secretary of the Department of Education and
obtain a reasonable assurance letter. These agencies
are listed above. The letter from the recognized
body should state that the new program is an accrediting
activity that falls within the scope of the Secretary’s
recognition and that there is reasonable assurance
that the new program will meet the accreditation/approval
standards prior to the beginning of the academic
year following the normal graduation date of students
of the first entering class in such a program. The
letter from the recognized body must report the
- Is this program actively pursuing accreditation
with your agency?
- Provide the date of each program’s
pending application for accreditation and the
date or approximate date when your decision-making
body is likely to decide whether to grant or
deny accreditation for this program.
- Are any other nursing education programs
at this institution currently accredited by
your agency, and are those programs in good
standing with your agency?
- At this point in the pending application
process, what stages of the accreditation process
has this program completed, and what stages
remain to be completed? Please summarize the
kinds of materials already submitted in support
of the program’s application and reviewed
by your agency, as well as any on-site visits
that have occurred.
- Based on your records, what will be the start
date or approximate start date of the program’s
academic year that immediately follows the expected
graduation date for the students comprising
the program’s first entering class?
- Based on your agency’s review of each
program to date, do you have any reason to believe
that the program will be unable to demonstrate
compliance with your standards and requirements
and gain accreditation by the beginning of the
academic year following the normal graduation
date of students of the first entering class
in such a program? If so, why?
- The applicant will submit the request for a letter
of assurance along with attached copies of the letter
from the recognized body and any supporting documentation
regarding the accreditation or approval of the nursing
U.S. Department of Education
Attn: Accreditation and State Liaison Unit
1990 K Street, NW, Room 7126
Washington, DC 20006-8509
Telephone: (202) 219-7011
Fax: (202) 219-7005
Attn: Cathy Sheffield
Or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- To allow for processing time, at least
30 days prior to the HRSA application due date of
May 13, 2008, applicants should submit
to the Department of Education the above information,
with their request for a letter documenting the
Secretary’s determination that there is “reasonable
assurance” the new program will meet the appropriate
accreditation standards prior to the beginning of
the academic year following the normal graduation
date of students of the first entering class in
such a program. The program will need to
include a contact name(s), address(es), phone number(s),
and email addresses with all correspondence sent
to the Department of Education.
- The Department of Education staff will review
the documents submitted by the applicant, make a
“reasonable assurance” determination,
and send the applicant a letter documenting the
The applicant must include this letter from
the Department of Education with the HRSA program
application as ATTACHMENT 4.
Failure to provide the Department of Education’s
letter with the HRSA program application will render
the application non-responsive and the application
will not be considered for funding under this announcement.
2. Cost Sharing/Matching
In addition to the FCC grant award, the school must
contribute an Institutional Capital Contribution (ICC)
amount equal to at least one-ninth of the total FCC
grant award. The ICC must be deposited and used as
part of the NFLP fund.
Advanced education nursing programs must
meet all applicable Federal and national organization
guidelines and competencies as appropriate and available
in the field of study. The programs should prepare
graduates to be eligible for national nursing certification
at an advanced level. Indicate the guidelines and
competencies used by the program(s) for which support
Recognized specialties for which certification may
not be currently available, such as forensics and
informatics, are eligible.
NFLP Specific Guidelines
The school may award NFLP loans to eligible
nursing students enrolled full-time or part-time
in a master’s or doctoral degree program in
nursing that includes a nursing education component
designed to prepare students as qualified nurse faculty.
Under Section IV, Application Format, x. Program
Narrative (Work Plan) of the application, the
applicant should identify the nurse educator competencies
that students are expected to achieve upon completion
of the program.
The overall programs may prepare nurses as nurse
practitioners; nurse-midwives; nurse anesthetists;
clinical nurse specialists; nurse administrators;
nurse educators; public health nurses; clinical nurse
leaders, or other nurse specialties determined by
the HHS Secretary to require advanced education.
The program guidelines below are requirements for
the Advanced Education Nursing Program funded by HRSA.
NFLP applicants should adhere to these guidelines
for the programs in which NFLP students are enrolled.
- Guidelines for Nurse Practitioner Programs
Nurse practitioner programs must educate
nurses to be qualified to effectively provide primary
health care, including primary health care in homes
and in ambulatory care facilities, long-term care
facilities, acute care, and other health care settings.
- Guidelines for Nurse-Midwifery Programs
Nurse-midwifery programs must provide evidence of
pre-accreditation or accreditation from the American
College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM).
Projects that enhance nurse practitioner and nurse-midwifery
programs must meet the Federal Nurse Practitioner
and Nurse-Midwifery Education Program Guidelines.
Applicants can refer to the Federal Register Notice
(FRN) published February 23, 2005 at FRN Volume
70, Number 35 for the Final Nurse Practitioner and
Nurse-Midwifery Education Program Guidelines.
- Guidelines for Nurse Anesthesia Programs
Projects that enhance nurse anesthesia education
must provide evidence of accreditation from the
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists’
(AANA) Council on Accreditation (COA) of Nurse Anesthesia
- Guidelines for Clinical Nurse Specialist
Projects that enhance clinical nurse specialist
programs must provide evidence of adherence to appropriate
national nursing organization guidelines and competencies,
if available, for the specialty.
Indicate which national advanced nursing certification
examination(s) or State certification(s) the graduate
of the project-supported program will be eligible
- Guidelines for Nurse Administration Programs
Projects that enhance nursing administration programs
must provide evidence of adherence to national nursing
organization guidelines and competencies, as available,
and must indicate which national advanced nursing
certification examination(s) graduates of the project
will be eligible to take. Nursing administration
programs must prepare nurse executives to function
in increasingly complex health care systems. The
nursing component is critical in the design, facilitation,
and management of health care systems.
- Guidelines for Nurse Educator Programs
Projects that enhance the graduate nursing program
by offering a nursing educator concentration must
lead to a master’s degree or doctoral degree.
Projects should provide evidence of adherence to
national nursing organizational guidelines and competencies,
if available, for the specialty. Programs to prepare
nurse educators must prepare students to function
in a complex educational environment to teach traditional
as well as non-traditional learners using a variety
of emerging technologies and methods.
IMPORTANT NOTE: A nurse educator
program should prepare the student for an advanced
clinical practice specialty or an advanced level
functional scope; therefore, NFLP applicants are
encouraged to offer nurse educator programs that
address competencies to prepare graduates for certification
in a specialty or general scope of advanced clinical
practice or advanced level functional practice (i.e.,
Nursing Administration or Nursing Informatics).
- Guidelines for Public Health Nursing
Projects that enhance public health nursing education
are to provide education in the public health sciences,
interdisciplinary academic and nursing practice
experiences, and assurance that public health nursing
competencies are achieved. Projects should focus
on preparing advanced practice nurses to meet population
- Guidelines for Clinical Nurse Leader
Clinical nurse leader programs should be consistent
with the most current guidelines established by
the American Association of Colleges of Nursing
- Guidelines for “Other” Advanced
Education Nursing Programs
“Other” advanced education nursing programs
(i.e., informatics) are determined by the HHS Secretary.
Programs in “other” advanced education
nursing must provide evidence of adherence to national
nursing organizational guidelines and competencies,
as available in the field of study.
- Doctoral Programs
New doctoral programs must identify all steps in
the approval process. Applicants must provide documentation
of all approvals needed to initiate the program
and enroll students. Acceptable forms of documentation
include, but are not limited to, a letter or meeting
minutes from: Nursing Faculty Committee. Institutional
Committees/Boards, State bodies (State Boards of
Nursing, Higher Education Finance Boards), and letters
from national nursing accrediting bodies (CCNE,
NLNAC) accepting substantive change(s) in the applicant’s
IMPORTANT NOTE: Failure to provide
documentation of approvals with the application
will result in the application being deemed non-responsive
to the program guidance and the application will
not be considered for funding.
Doctoral program applications should be consistent
with the most current Indicators for Doctoral
Education, published by the American Association
of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). Doctor of Nursing
Practice programs should be consistent with AACN
guidelines and have the resources to carry out doctoral
More Information for Applicants
Applications due May
(PDF - 662KB)
form SF 424 R&R-NFLP (Fillable PDF - 203KB)
Forms (Word - 398KB)
Specific Attachments (Word - 176KB)
Applications submitted on paper (no on-line submissions) to:
Division of Nursing (NFLP)
Bureau of Health Professions
Health Resources and Services Administration
Parklawn Building, Room 9-36
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville , MD 20857