Nurse Corps Scholarship


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.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
C - Direct Payments For Specified Use
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2018 FY 2018, 89.7 percent of NURSE Corps participants were retained in service at a CSF for up to two years beyond the completion of their NURSE Corps service commitment. In addition, in FY 2018, 97 percent of NURSE Corps SP awardees are pursuing their baccalaureate degree or advanced practice degree. In FY 2019, NURSE Corps Scholarship Program made 198 new awards and 6 continuations HRSA directed up to 20 percent of scholarship awards to NPs specializing in Psychiatric-Mental Health with the goal of leveraging HRSA funding to address the opioid crisis.
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 most current NURSE Corps Scholarship Program Application 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.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
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
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 location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision 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.
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 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. Nurse Corp Scholarship sets aside 50% of funding for Registered Nurse candidates and 50% of funding for Nurse Practitioner candidates. Beginning with the 2018 Application Cycle, the program allocates 20% of funding for NPs with a mental health/psychiatric specialty.
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 an eligible health care facility with a critical shortage of nurses. Refer to the NURSE Corps Scholarship Application and Program Guidance for specific requirements.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
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. Payments are made to individuals via electronic direct deposit.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
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, MD 20857 US
Phone: (301) 594-4400
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 18$25,013,070.00; FY 19 est $25,013,070.00; FY 20 est $23,864,826.00; FY 17$22,154,211.00; FY 16$24,584,049.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY18: average new award was $92,303 for RNs and $166,940 for NPs. (FY 18 Range $31,901 - $328,168) FY19: average new award (est) is $116,950; (FY 19 Range est. $31,901 - $328,168) FY 20: average new award (est) is $116,950; (FY 20 Range est. $31,901 - $328,168)
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
Not applicable.


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