Meeting the Financial Aid Needs of Our Students

Once you submit an application to Rush University 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 financial need and merit scholarships for diverse and underrepresented students in nursing. We encourage diverse applicants in all degree programs to simply apply for 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 scholarships*, many of which are $10,000 - $15,000 awards, come 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 DNP Students

Rush University College of Nursing has been awarded $350,000/year for two years from the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) for ongoing support of the Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT) program. The purpose of this program is to provide funding for tuition, support, textbooks, and stipends for the education of nurses who are enrolled in the Rush University College of Nursing with special emphasis on increasing the number of underrepresented minority, disadvantaged, and veteran nurses who are pursuing advanced degrees as primary care nurse practitioners. Full-time students and part-time students in the last year of their program may apply for AENT grant money. Not all students who meet the above criteria will be awarded funds through the program as the application process is competitive. Award amounts vary based on the funding that is available.

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 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. 
 

*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. Students should contact the Office of Financial Aid if they are interested in applying for this award.