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Nurse Corps Scholarship Program (Nurse Corps SP)



Application Deadline: May 26, 2021

Sponsoring Organization

Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW)


Awards competitive scholarships for nursing students pursuing an accredited nursing degree program at one of the following:

  • An associate degree school of nursing
  • A collegiate school of nursing
  • A diploma school of nursing
  • RN-to-Baccalaureate (Bridge Program) BSN
  • Direct/entry level degree master's program

Scholarships are awarded to students in exchange for full-time service obligations at critical shortage facilities (CSFs) residing in, designated as, or serving primary care or mental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) for a minimum of two years and a maximum of four years. Seeks to make primary care and mental health services more accessible by increasing the amount of healthcare professionals serving underserved and vulnerable communities.

Nurse Corps SP fact sheet

Amount of Funding

Provides a monthly stipend and scholarship support for tuition, eligible fees, and other reasonable costs in exchange for a minimum of two years and up to a maximum of four years of full-time service at a critical shortage facility (CSF) residing in, designated as, or serving primary care or mental health HPSAs.

Stipend amount: $1,434 per month for full-time students
Estimated number of awards: 252 new and continuation awards

Up to $5,000,000 of the total program funding has been reserved for women's health nurses, certified nurse midwives, or advanced practice nurses specializing in women's health or obstetrics/gynecology.

In addition, up to $2,000,000 of the total program funding has been reserved for entry-level health professionals seeking a career pathway to become a registered nurse.

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants must:

  • Be U.S. citizens, born or naturalized, U.S. nationals, or lawful permanent residents
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a professional nursing degree program at an accredited school of nursing in a state, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory
  • Begin classes no later than September 30, 2021
  • Have not defaulted on any federal or non-federal payment obligation or written off any federal or non-federal debt as uncollectible
  • Submit a complete application

Competitive preference is given to applicants with the greatest financial need based on their expected family contribution, which is determined by an applicant's free application for federal student aid (FAFSA). Additional details regarding this preference can be found in the program guidance.

Entry-level health professionals eligible to receive funding through the career pathways set-aside include but are not limited to certified nursing assistants, home health aides, medical assistants, and licensed practical nurses.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Financial Aid for Healthcare Workforce

Application Process

Application requirements, instructions, and other relevant information can be found on the program website. Submit an application through the Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW) portal.

Application and program guidance
Applicant webinar recording

Applicant technical assistance call 1 recording
April 15, 2021
Call: 888-562-6134
Passcode: 41521

Applicant technical assistance call 2 recording
April 29, 2021
Call: 866-513-9974
Passcode: 42921


For questions:
TTY at 877-897-9910
Online contact form

Topics This Program Addresses

Healthcare Workforce