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Nurse Corps Scholarship Program (Nurse Corps SP)



Application Deadline: May 4, 2023


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 or equivalent degree 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 2 years and a maximum of 4 years. Seeks to make primary care and mental health services more accessible by increasing the amount of nursing 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 2 years and up to a maximum of 4 years of full-time service at an eligible critical shortage facility (CSF) residing in, designated as, or serving Primary Care or Mental Health HPSAs.

Stipend amount: $1,527 per month for full-time students
Estimated number of awards: 313 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 as a full-time student in an accredited nursing degree program in clinical nursing in a state, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory
  • Begin classes no later than September 30, 2023
  • Submit a complete application
  • Have not defaulted on any federal or non-federal payment or service obligation; written off any federal or non-federal debt as uncollectible; nor have any current or past judgment liens against property due to a debt owed to the U.S.
  • Not be excluded, debarred, suspended, or disqualified by a federal agency or have an existing federal, state, or other entity service obligation

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; community health workers; home, school, and mental/behavioral health aides, school health aides, home health aides, medical assistants, licensed practical nurses, and other entry-level health professionals.

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


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

Topics This Program Addresses

Healthcare Workforce