Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP)
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 an education component(s) that will prepare the student to teach. NFLP loan recipients complete the education program, and following graduation, may cancel up to 85% of the NFLP loan while serving as full-time nurse faculty at an accredited school of nursing.
Last Known Status
Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration
Types of Assistance
Uses and Use Restrictions
The school must establish an NFLP loan fund for the purpose of making NFLP loans to eligible students enrolled in advanced degree nursing programs to become 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. Upon completion of the program, an amount up to 85 percent of the loan may be cancelled by the institution as follows: upon completion of the first, second, and third year of full-time faculty employment in an accredited school of nursing, 20 percent of the principal and interest of the unpaid loan shall be cancelled for each year; upon completion of the fourth year of full-time employment as faculty in an accredited school of nursing, 25 percent of the principal and interest of the unpaid loan shall be cancelled for the fourth year. The school will establish an NFLP fund to be used only for making NFLP loans to eligible students and for the costs associated with collection of these loans.
Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act, Sections 846A (42 U.S.C. 297n-1) and (42 U.S.C. 297o), as amended by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Public Law 111-148, Section 5311.
Eligible applicants are accredited public or private collegiate schools of nursing that offer advanced degree nursing education programs (master's or doctoral) to prepare advanced degree nursing students 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 Virgin Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau.
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 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 funding opportunity announcement 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. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
Application and Award Process
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. All applicants are required to apply electronically through Grants.gov. Grant applications and required forms for this program can be obtained at www.grants.gov.
All qualified applications will be forwarded to an objective review committee. Based on the advice of the objective review committee, the HRSA program official with delegated authority is responsible for final selection and funding decisions. Notification is made in writing (electronic) by a Notice of Award.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Approximately 1-3 months after receipt of application.
Renewal applications must be submitted annually for additional funds.
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 fiscal year award.
Funding Factor: As provided under Statute. A statutory funding priority will be awarded to School of Nursing student loans that support doctoral nursing students.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Project periods are for one (1) year beginning July 1 through June 30. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Grantees drawdown funds, as necessary, from the Payment Management System (PMS). PMS is the centralized web based payment system for HHS awards.
Post Assistance Requirements
The institution must submit the Nurse Faculty Loan Program, Annual Operating Report (AOR) annually through electronic submission
The NFLP Annual Operating Report (AOR) is due each year by August 15, within 45 days following the last day of the project period and should reflect the loan fund activity for the reporting period. No cash reports are required. No progress reports are required. No expenditure reports are required. If applicable, the awardee must submit a Tangible Personal Property Report (SF-428) and any related forms within 90 days after the project period ends. Awardees are required to report all federally-owned property and acquired equipment with an New awards (“Type 1”) issued under this funding opportunity announcement are subject to the reporting requirements of the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) of 2006 (Pub. L. 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 subaward of $25,000 or more in federal funds and executive total compensation for the recipient’s and subrecipient’s five most highly compensated executives as outlined in Appendix A to 2 CFR Part 170 (FFATA details are available online at http://www.hrsa.gov/grants/ffata.html).
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Grantees are required to maintain grant accounting records three 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 three 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 three year period, whichever is later.
(Formula Grants) FY 12 $23,374,698; FY 13 est $22,101,773; and FY 14 est $22,515,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY 12: Range is $5,900 to $2,520,324; Average is $214,580.
FY 13: Data Not Available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
This program is subject to the provisions of 45 CFR Part 92 for State, local and tribal governments and 45 CFR Part 74 for institutions of higher education, hospitals, other nonprofit organizations and commercial organizations, as applicable.
HRSA awards are 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 http://www.hrsa.gov/grants.
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Denise Thompson, Public Health Analyst , Division of Nursing, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, Parklawn Building, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 9-61, Rockville, Maryland 20857, Phone: (301) 443-1399, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Denise Thompson Parklawn Building, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 9-61, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Email: email@example.com
Phone: (301) 443-1399
Examples of Funded Projects
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.