NURSE Corps Scholarship Program

The NURSE Corps Scholarship Program's objective is to increase the supply and maldistribution of registered nurses (RN) and nurse practitioners (NPs) in eligible health care facilities across the nation, with a critical shortage of nurses by providing service-obligated scholarships to nursing students.

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.

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Service-obligated scholarships are awarded to full-time and part-time students of nursing.

Scholarships pay tuition and required fees to the school, a monthly stipend to students and a single annual payment to the student to assist with other reasonable educational expenses that include books, supplies, instruments, and uniforms.

The program requires 1 year of service for each year of scholarship support, with a minimum 2-year service commitment post- graduation .

A maximum of four years of educational support may be awarded.

Service obligation must be fulfilled at an eligible health care facility with a critical shortage of nurses.

Refer to the NURSE Corps Scholarship Program Guidance for specific requirements.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The applicant must be a U.S.

citizen or national, enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a fully accredited academic institution with a graduate, baccalaureate, associate degree or diploma nursing program located in a State, the District of Columbia, or a U.S.


The applicant must be free of any Federal judgment liens, not have breached a prior service obligation, is not excluded, debarred, suspended, or disqualified by a Federal agency, and have no conflicting service obligations.

Financial need is also reviewed as part of the eligibility determination.

The applicant must submit an application and a signed contract, agreeing to accept payment of scholarship funds and provide health care services in a health care facility with a critical shortage of nurses for a minimum of two years.

Beneficiary Eligibility

United States citizens or nationals enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a fully accredited graduate, baccalaureate, associate degree or diploma nursing program.


Applicants should review the individual HRSA Application and Program Guidance issued under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications which must be submitted prior to or simultaneous with submission of 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. Applicants are required to apply electronically. Applicants submit their applications through Please see application process at

Award Procedures

All qualified applications are forwarded to an objective review committee and scored numerically. Preference is given to applicants with the greatest financial need. HRSA will make awards in rank order based on funding preference and scores from the objective review committee, until all funds are exhausted. Award notifications are sent by email before October 1 of each year.


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


Public Health Service Act, Section 846, as amended, Nurse Reinvestment Act of 2002, Public Law 107-205.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Notification to all applicants is made no later than September 30th of the application year.


Not Applicable.


Renewal applications are not necessary for students in compliance. Contracts may be multi-year funded through graduation (up to one to four years) if the applicant signs the contract through the graduation date.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Each award covers up to one to four years of educational support, as requested. No awardees may receive more than four years of support. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Payments are made to individuals via electronic direct deposit.

Post Assistance Requirements


Annual reports by schools indicating annual tuition and fees.

The academic institution where the student is enrolled must complete and submit a Verification of Enrollment Form and transcript each school term.

The employing critical shortage facility must complete and send a semi-annual Service Verification Form verifying that the participating nurse is providing full-time or part-time continuous service as a registered nurse (RN) or nurse practitioner (NP).

The certification includes a signature by an appropriate official of the facility.

No cash reports are required.

No progress reports are required.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


No audits are required for this program.



Financial Information

Account Identification



(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 16 $24,584,049; FY 17 est $23,864,826; and FY 18 est $23,864,826

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

FY16: average new award was $105,566. (FY 16 Range $21,106 - $262,592).

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Please see application process at All administrative and audit requirements 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


Headquarters Office

NURSE Corps Scholarship Program, Division of Health Careers and Financial Support, Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW), Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Service 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Phone: (301) 594-4400

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

As provided in the amendment in section 846(e) of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, a funding preference is given to eligible applicants with the greatest financial need. NURSE Corps SP will use the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) amount in the Department of Education's Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to evaluate financial need.

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