NURSE Corps Scholarship Program


To increase the supply of registered nurses (RN) and nurse practitioners (NPs) in approved health care facilities with a critical shortage of nurses by providing service-obligated scholarships to nursing students.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Health Resources and Services Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Public Health Service Act, Section 846, as amended, Nurse Reinvestment Act of 2002, Public Law 107-205.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
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. Territory. 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. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
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 Procedure
Notifications are made to those in the final selection by email.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Notification is made within 4-5 months after deadline for receipt of application.
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.
How are proposals selected?
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 Department of Education's Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to evaluate financial need.
How may assistance be used?
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 a health care facility with a critical shortage of nurses.

Refer to the NURSE Corps Scholarship Program Guidance for specific requirements.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Annual reports by schools indicating average student educational expenses. The academic institution where the student is enrolled must complete and submit a Verification of Enrollment Form each semester.

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.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
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.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
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 Room 8A-55, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Phone: (301) 594-4400
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 14 $22,466,303; FY 15 est $23,995,800; and FY 16 est $23,995,800
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY14: average new award was $92,288.57. (Highest Amount: $278,052.33, Lowest Amount: $22,352.00); Average continuation: $32,936.59.
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
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available


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