Nurse Faculty Loan Program

Announcement Number:

Bureau of Health Workforce

Date(s) to Apply:
09/11/2015 to 11/30/2015

Estimated Award Date:

What is the program?

This announcement solicits applications for the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP). The purpose of this program is to increase the number of qualified nursing faculty by providing funding to accredited schools of nursing.  The NFLP is designed to prepare and train qualified nurse educators to fill faculty vacancies and increase the number of trained nurses entering the workforce.  This goal is accomplished by supporting schools of nursing that prepare students to serve as nurse faculty.  Schools (herein referenced as institutions) are required to design and implement curriculum to prepare nursing students to apply teaching strategies, develop curriculum for both classroom and clinical instruction, and be able to create effective methods for evaluation of student learning outcomes.  Grantees are awarded funds to support nursing students and are expected to establish and operate a distinct, interest-bearing NFLP loan fund.  Institutions make loans from this fund to assist registered nurses in completing their graduate nursing education to become qualified nurse faculty.  The program offers cancellation of up to 85 percent of NFLP loans for borrowers that graduate and serve as full-time nursing faculty for the prescribed period of time.

Are you eligible?

Eligible applicants are accredited schools of nursing or departments within an academic institution, such as a Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, which offer an eligible advanced nursing degree program(s). 

Only eligible applicants in the 50 States, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau are eligible to apply under this funding opportunity announcement.  Federally recognized Indian Tribal Government and Native American Organizations may apply if they are otherwise eligible.

Foreign entities are not eligible for HRSA awards, unless the authorizing legislation specifically authorizes awards to foreign entities or the award is for research.  This exception does not extend to research training awards or construction of research facilities.

Schools of Nursing

School of nursing programs must be accredited by a national nurse education accrediting agency recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.  These agencies include the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).  For nurse-midwifery programs, accreditation from the Accreditation Commission on Midwifery Education of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACME) is required.  For nurse anesthesia programs, accreditation from the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) is required.  This information should be clearly documented as Attachment 1 and submitted with this application. (See additional information in Section Attachments.)


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Denise Thompson

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