Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP)

The Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) is a loan forgiveness program which aims to increase the number of qualified nursing faculty.

Schools of Nursing that receive NFLP funding must provide loans to students enrolled in eligible advanced degree nursing programs (master?s or doctoral) with coursework

that uniquely prepares students to serve as full-time nurse faculty at accredited schools of nursing.

NFLP student borrowers who complete these programs and secure post-graduate employment as nurse faculty receive forgiveness of up to 85% of the NFLP loan while serving as full-time nurse faculty at an accredited school of nursing.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.
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Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

NFLP grantees must establish a distinct NFLP loan fund for the purpose of making NFLP loans to eligible students enrolled in advanced degree nursing programs who are committed to become qualified nurse faculty and for the costs associated with collection of these loans.

Institutions may award a maximum loan amount of $35,500 per student for an academic year to support the cost of tuition, fees, books, and other reasonable education expenses, not to exceed five years of NFLP loan support to a single student.

Upon completion of the program and following graduation, an amount up to 85 percent of the loan (principal of and interest on) may be cancelled by the institution as follows: 20 percent upon completion of the first, second, and third years of full-time faculty employment in an accredited school of nursing; and 25 percent upon completion of the fourth year of full-time employment as faculty in an accredited school of nursing.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants are accredited public or private collegiate schools of nursing or departments within an academic institution, that offer graduate degree nursing education programs (master's or doctoral) that include educator-focused coursework within the program of study that will prepare the graduate student to serve as nurse faculty.

The school must be located in the 50 States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S.

Virgin Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau.

Funding priority is given to applicants with doctoral-level advanced degree nursing programs.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Eligible nursing students must: (1) be a citizen or national of the United States, or a lawful permanent resident of the United States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau; (2) be enrolled in an advanced degree program in nursing to become qualified nursing faculty; (3) not be in default on a Federal debt; and (4) maintain good academic standing.


Applicants should review the individual HRSA Notice of Funding Opportunity issued under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications which must be submitted with an application package. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. HRSA requires all applicants to apply electronically through All eligible, qualified applications will be forwarded to an objective review committee. Based on the The NFLP Program is a formula-based grant program that does not undergo a formal Objective Review Process. All eligible, qualified applications are reviewed and assessed internally. Notification is made in writing by a Notice of Award

Award Procedures

Notification of award is made in writing (electronic) by a Notice of Award.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Sections 846A (42 U.S.C. 297n-1) and Section 847(f) (42 U.S.C. 297o(f)) of the Public Health Service Act.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 120 - 180 days from receipt of application.


Not Applicable.


Applications must be submitted annually.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: Schools that participate in the loan program must contribute to the loan fund an amount equal to, but not less than, one-ninth of the Federal capital contributions awarded. This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. The recipient must agree to maintain non-federal funding for grant activities at a level which is not less than expenditures for such activities during the fiscal year prior to receiving the award.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

This funding opportunity provides support for a one-year project period. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Recipients drawdown funds, as necessary, from the Payment Management System (PMS), the centralized web based payment system for HHS awards.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports are required.

The recipient will be required to submit annual performance reports.

No cash reports are required.

New awards (?Type 1?) issued under this notice of funding opportunity are subject to the reporting requirements of the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) of 2006 (Pub.


109?282), as amended by section 6202 of Public Law 110?252, and implemented by 2 CFR Part 170.

Grant and cooperative agreement recipients must report information for each first-tier sub-award of $25,000 or more in federal funds and executive total compensation for the recipient?s and sub-recipient?s five most highly compensated executives as outlined in Appendix A to 2 CFR Part 170 (The FFATA details are available online at

Competing continuation recipients may be subject to this requirement and will be so notified in the Notice of Award.

No expenditure reports are required.

No expenditure reports are required.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


Recipients are required to maintain grant accounting records 3 years after the date they submit the Federal Financial Review (FFR). If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit or other action involving the award has been started before the expiration of the 3 year period, the records shall be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3 year period, whichever is later.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Formula Grants) FY 16 $24,405,295; FY 17 est $24,715,373; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

FY 16: 89 total awards: Range is $5,000 to $2,017,901; Average is $274,217. FY 17: 80 total awards: Range is $14,842 to $2,351,957; Average is $294.230.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

All administrative and audit requirements and the cost principles that govern Federal monies associated with this activity will be subject to the Uniform Guidance 2 CFR 200 as codified by HHS at 45 CFR 75. HRSA awards are also subject to the requirements of the HHS Grants Policy Statement (HHS GPS) that are applicable based on recipient type and purpose of award. The HHS GPS is available at

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office

Edward Wroblewski, Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Workforce, Division of Nursing and Public Health 5600 Fishers Lane, 11N104B, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Email: Phone: (301) 443-4301

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applications will be reviewed for completeness and accuracy, and to determine if applicant schools meet minimum program requirements. All eligible applicants are considered in a formula for determining awards. Eligible applicants must meet all applicable Federal guidelines and/or graduates must be eligible for national nursing organization certification, and/or programs must meet other national organizational guidelines, as appropriate, in the nursing field of study.

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