Scholarships and Aid for Online Nursing Students

The healthcare industry’s expansion and the subsequent nursing shortage make this a great time to earn your advanced degree in nursing. Not only are there plenty of jobs out there, but many scholarships also are available for those seeking to further their nursing careers.

Hundreds of nursing-specific scholarships are out there. The first step to finding a scholarship that meets your needs is to visit one of the following websites:

  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Gates Millennium Scholarship
  • HRSA’s Bureau of Health Professions
  • Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing
  • Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program
  • Nursing Scholarships for Hispanic Students

Explore additional nursing scholarships

  • AfterCollege and the AACN: Special consideration is given to students in a graduate program with the goal of becoming a nurse educator
  • The American Association of Nurse Practitioners: AANP established this scholarship to promote education of nurse practitioners
  • Army Nurse Corps Association (ANCA) Education Fund:$3,000 scholarship grants to deserving nursing students on nursing baccalaureate, anesthesia or graduate nursing programs
  • WOCN Society Advanced Education Scholarship Program: Provides financial assistance for baccalaureate, master’s or doctorate nursing degrees

If you’re enrolled in one of our online nursing degree programs, you have the same eligibility for scholarships and aid as our on-campus students. As long as you meet other scholarship requirements, you should be eligible for most sources of money for college.

Explore federal government aid
The first step in securing federal aid is the FAFSA4caster. This online tool will give you an estimate of how much aid you might receive from the U.S. Department of Education.

  • Aid for serving in the military or for being the spouse or child of a veteran
  • Tax benefits for education
  • Education Award for community service with AmeriCorps
  • Educational and Training Vouchers for current and former foster care youth
  • Scholarships and loan repayment through the Department of Health and Human Services’ Indian Health Service, National Institutes of Health and National Health Service Corps

Explore state aid
Contact your state grant agency for more information on financial aid available from your state.

For further reading, check out this infographic: Highest Paying Jobs in Nursing

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