Grants and Scholarships

Rush University is committed to helping you get the aid you need. Rush has a wide range of grants and scholarships to help support your education. Whether need-based, merit-based or based on other specific criteria, there may be an aid package available for you.

How do I apply?

Most of the funds that are available do not require a specific application for you to be considered. The following is what you need to do to be considered for a grant or scholarship:

  • Need-based: funds are limited and awards are available on a first-come first serve basis. Students are encouraged to submit their application materials early each year. Documents required to review eligibility for need based aid include the submission of the FAFSA application for all students and the Projected Enrollment Form for programs billed by the hour.  Additional information may be needed on a case-by-case basis and students will be notified of that information by the Financial Aid Office. Student eligibility for need-based aid will be determined based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the FAFSA. Students will be notified on their annual financial aid package if they qualify for need-based aid.
  • Merit-based: You automatically considered either through the admissions process or after grades are in.
  • Other criteria: The Office of Student Financial Aid will communicate with you for grants and scholarships that require a separate application or that require you to self-identify for consideration.

If you receive some philanthropic funds, you may be asked to write a letter of thanks for the funds you receive. Additionally, some donors may wish to meet recipients of funds created in their name. Detailed instructions will follow from Rush University Medical Center’s Office of Philanthropy, as necessary.

Government grants, scholarships and traineeships

  • Federal Pell Grants are available to undergraduate students working toward their first bachelor’s degree. Students must apply for federal student aid to be considered. Students who qualify for these grants will be given a specific amount based upon the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) from their free application for federal student aid (FAFSA). Amounts will be prorated for less than full-time enrollment. Pell Grant amounts range from $0 to $5,775 for the 2015-16 academic year. There is an aggregate cap on the amount of Pell Grant assistance a student can receive for all combined undergraduate study.
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants are available to undergraduate students working toward their first bachelor’s degree. Students must apply for federal student aid to be considered. Preference is given to Pell Grant-eligible students, and amounts may be prorated for less than full-time enrollment. Funding for this program is limited, so not all Pell Grant-eligible students may receive this grant. Grant amounts range from $0 to $4,000 for the 2015-16 academic year.
  • Illinois Monetary Award Programs Grants are available to Illinois residents who are undergraduate students working toward their first bachelor’s degree. Students must apply for federal student aid to be considered. Students who qualify for these grants will be given a specific amount based upon the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) from their FAFSA. Amounts will be prorated for enrollment of less than 15 credit hours per quarter. MAP Grant funding is not available for the summer term. MAP Grant funding is limited and the State of Illinois will cut off funding for FAFSAs received after a certain date. Grant amounts range from $0 to $4,720 for the 2015-16 academic year. There is an aggregate cap on the amount of grant assistance a student can receive for all combined undergraduate study.
  • Advanced Education Nursing Traineeships are available for both full- and part-time advanced nursing education students who wish to become primary care nurse practitioners. Eligible students must be citizens, nationals or permanent residents of the United States. Students must submit the traineeship application for the appropriate academic year to be considered. The College of Nursing applies for funding annually. Not all students who meet the above criteria will be awarded funds through this program as the application process is competitive. Award amounts vary based on the funding that is available.
  • Nurse Anesthetist Traineeships are available for students in Rush’s nurse anesthetist academic programs. Eligible students must be citizens, nationals or permanent U.S. residents. The College of Nursing applies for funding annually. Not all students who meet the above criteria will be awarded funds through this program as the awarding process is competitive. Award amounts vary based on the funding that is available.
  • The National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program is a federal program through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Participants must be U.S. citizens or nationals attending medical, physician assistant or nurse practitioner school full-time. The program covers full tuition and fees, and provides an allowance directly to students for books, supplies and living expenses. Participants agree to provide service post-graduation based on the number of years of support they receive. Complete details are available on the program’s website.
  • The Nursing Education Scholarship Program from the Illinois Department of Public Health is available to current and accepted nursing students who are Illinois residents. Students must apply for federal student aid to be considered. Complete eligibility and application guidance is available on the Illinois Department of Public Health website.
  • The Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois program is available to current and accepted full-time graduate/professional minority students. Applicants must be Illinois residents and commit to actively seek and accept a full-time faculty or staff appointment at an Illinois postsecondary institution. Students must apply for federal student aid to be considered. Complete eligibility and application guidance is available on the program’s website.

Outside scholarships

Each year, thousands of grant and scholarship dollars sponsored by private organizations go unclaimed nationally. The Office of Student Financial Aid encourages you to apply for any opportunities for which you may be eligible. Please view the scholarship spreadsheet here.

To learn about other scholarship opportunities, visit FastWeb, a free scholarship search engine that will send you tailored announcements about opportunities for which you may qualify.