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Meeting the Financial Aid Needs of Our Students

Once you submit an application to RUSH College of Nursing, we strongly encourage you to complete the FAFSA and RUSH University Institutional Aid forms. This will help the Office of Financial Aid provide a more timely completion of your financial aid package should you be accepted.  A range of resources, grants, scholarships, and loans, are available at RUSH to help you pay for your education. A student’s package is determined by level of need or other criteria as required by a specific grant or scholarship.

RUSH College of Nursing also understands the importance of preparing nurse clinicians who reflect the populations for which we care and the need to provide financial assistance to help our students meet their goals. The College of Nursing has dedicated merit scholarships for diverse and underrepresented students in nursing. We encourage diverse applicants in all degree programs to simply apply for financial aid. Additional need based scholarships may be available for qualified applicants through the Office of Financial Aid.

If you have questions about the financial aid process, please refer to the Office of Financial Aid website

Below are some highlights of available scholarships and grants.


For GEM Students

These diversity scholarshipscome from a number of different sources, but represent a focused effort on the part of the College of Nursing to provide dedicated dollars to increase the diversity of our student body.


For PhD Students

All admitted students are granted full-tuition scholarships for a total of three years. These awards are renewed each year, contingent upon satisfactory academic performance. Additional financial support is available in following years.

View additional pre- and post-enrollment scholarship awards and funding


For DNP Students

Award Amount: The CON has a total of $115,000 to provide between two to four scholarships depending on the number of interested scholarship applicants.

Criteria: These scholarships are available to incoming Fall 2023 students who meet the following criteria:

  • Admitted into the DNP Program (APRN track)
  • Underrepresented minority in nursing as defined by AACN **
    • Black/African American
    • LatinX/Hispanic
    • American Indian or Alaskan Native
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • Men
  • Demonstrated financial need as confirmed by the Office of Student Financial Aid

If you have any questions or need assistance with this application, please feel free to reach out to our office at or by phone at 312-942-6256.


For DNP and PhD Students

The Nurse Faculty Loan Repayment Program (NFLP) provides financial support for students who are committed to a career in academia.  The NFLP offers partial loan forgiveness for borrowers who graduate and serve as full-time nursing faculty for the prescribed period of time. Loan recipients may cancel 85 percent of the loan over four years in return for serving full time as faculty in any accredited school of nursing. 


Additional funding opportunities


*Students will be eligible for diversity scholarships if they are Black or African-American, Hispanic, American Indian or Alaska Native, specific Asian populations or male (groups underrepresented in nursing) or from financially disadvantaged backgrounds. An individual from a financially disadvantaged background is defined as one who comes from a family with an annual income below a level based on low-income thresholds according to family size published by the U.S. Bureau of the Census, adjusted annually for changes in the consumer price index (CPI), and adjusted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services for use in health professions and nursing programs.