NURSE Corps Scholarship Program (NCSP) enables students accepted or enrolled in a diploma, associate, baccalaureate or graduate nursing programs (including Nursing Bridge Programs: RN to BSN; RN to NP and non-nursing Bachelor’s to NP) are eligible to receive funding for tuition, fees and other educational costs in exchange for working at an eligible Critical Shortage Facility (CSF) 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:
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.
In FY 2012, 263 applicants were selected to receive the NCSP scholarship.
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 2013 and 2012 are not applicable to scholars awarded in previous application cycles. For your convenience, the 2012, 2011 and 2010 APG’s are available here:
For Your School
Invoicing Guidelines for Schools (PDF - 112 KB)
Webcasts & Presentations
NURSE Corps Scholarship Program (PPT - 2 MB)
NURSE Corps Scholarship Program March 20, 2013 Webinar Q&A (PDF - 216 KB)
Program Guidance for 2012 Scholarship Recipients (PDF - 432 KB)