All funding opportunities should be pursed to meet your educational costs. There are organizations that provide scholarship awards ranging from $100 to full tuition and stipend awards. Begin your search early. Application deadlines are typically 6-9 months in advance of the academic year.
Scholarship and Grant Programs
For Maryland residents, the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) provides funding to support full-time and part-time students. MHEC offers several programs to support nursing study. Application for most programs requires completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1st of each year. A list of the programs offered and the respective applications can be found by going to the MHEC website. Common programs annually used by students at the School of nursing can also be found below.
The (formerly Hal and Jo Cohen Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarship) provides financial assistance for graduate nursing students to become qualified as nursing faculty at Maryland higher education institutions. In Summer 2020 the program transitioned from MHEC to be administered by the school. The Cohen Scholars program can award three (3) DNP Executive/PhD students in the 2022-2023 academic year. Zero (0) DNP Advanced Practice student awards are available. The application deadline for 2022-23 year is February 1, 2022. All applicants must complete the Nomination and Sponsorship Form, as well as the Cohen Scholars Essay Form. These documents can be found at Completed documents should be submitted to
Continuing students, as of Summer 2020, will continue to receive their award for the duration of their program. The continuation of the award is contingent upon continued progress and commitment to prepare to teach as noted in the signed service obligation agreement and promissory note.
- Cohen Scholars Nomination and Sponsorship Form
- Cohen Scholars Essay Form
- Cohen Scholars Frequently Asked Questions
The Workforce Shortage Student Assistance Grant (WSSAG) program is for students who plan on working in specific career/occupational programs upon graduation. Eligible fields include: child care, human services, teaching, nursing, physical and occupational therapy, social work, and public service. For more information about the scholarship, review their information on the MHEC website.
Maryland Senatorial Scholarships and Delegate Scholarships are available to Maryland residents. Students interested in applying for one or both of these awards should refer to the respective program pages below:
Central Scholarship Bureau
Provides interest-free loans and scholarship assistance to Maryland residents.
Maryland Higher Education Commission New Nursing Faculty Fellowships (NNFF)
State of MD Awards $20,000 to new full time nursing faculty in MD, $10,00 first year, $5,000 for years 2 and 3
Maryland Higher Education Commission, Nursing Educator Doctoral Grants (NEDG) for Practice and Dissertation Research
State of MD awards from $5,000 to $30,000 contingent upon enrollment status, other funding and state shortages. Awards for potential and current nurse faculty at Maryland’s Nursing Programs who are enrolled in or have recently graduated from a doctoral degree program. Funds to help with research dissertation or DNP Final Project costs.
Other State Funding
Non-Maryland residents should contact the designated state agency for information on funding opportunities available through their state of residency.
National Health Service Corp
Provides full tuition and stipend scholarships with a service pay-back commitment through employment with the National Health Service Corp.
Nursing Scholarship Program
The Nurse Reinvestment Act provides scholarships through the Nursing Scholarship Program. Funding preference is given to qualified bachelor's students who demonstrate significant financial need.
U.S. Public Health Commission Corps
Provides assistance through the Junior and Senior Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Programs.
Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP)
The purpose of NFLP is to increase the number of qualified nursing faculty to facilitate education of the nurses needed to address the nursing workforce shortage. Recipients receive a loan of up to $35,500 per year for their graduate education to become qualified nursing faculty. The program offers partial loan forgiveness for borrowers that 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. See below for more information on the NFLP and feel free to contact our office with questions.
- NFLP Pre-Application Information
- NFLP Frequently Asked Questions
- NFLP Application 2019-20
NIH Loan Repayment Program
Up to $35,000 of educational loan debt repaid annually to doctorally-prepared researchers in health care.
The Johns Hopkins University is approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission for the training of active duty servicemen, veterans and the spouses and children of deceased veterans under the provisions of the various federal laws pertaining to the veterans’ benefits. Johns Hopkins University also complies with Federal Law Section 103 (effective Aug. 1, 2019) which ensures that Johns Hopkins University will not impose any penalty, including the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities, or the requirement that an eligible individual borrow additional funds, on any covered individual because of the individual’s inability to meet his or her financial obligations to the institution due to the delayed disbursement funding from VA under Chapter 31 or 33. Information about veterans’ benefits and enrollment procedures may be found at https://benefits.va.gov/gibill/ or by calling 888-442-4551.
The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing accepts applicants who are eligible for all chapters of the VA benefits including Post-9/11 GI Bill® and Vocational Rehabilitation.
Once a student is accepted into a degree program, he or she can apply for VA benefits via https://www.va.gov/education/how-to-apply/. After an evaluation has been completed, the VA will send a Certificate of Eligibility noting the chapter and the percentage amount qualified. A copy of the Certificate of Eligibility as well as a copy of the DD214 (if the student is the veteran and completed the enlistment period) must be uploaded using SEAM's online form.
Once a student’s JHED ID has been received and activated, the student is required to log into the SIS Self-Service at sis.jhu.edu, select the Billing tab, choose Third Party Billing, and select U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The student must read the ‘Student Acknowledgement Section’ then check the box to acknowledge, sign and click submit. Those students who are receiving benefits must complete this acknowledgment every semester into order to be certified for their VA funding.
It is the responsibility of the student to notify the certifying official of any change of enrollment during the semester in order to revise the enrollment status with the VA. Failure to notify the certifying official may result in the Department of Veterans Affairs seeking reimbursement of funds which will result in an overpayment.
Eligible dependents of veterans should refer to https://benefits.va.gov/gibill/ to obtain the correct application form depending on the service member’s dates of service.
If the student has utilized VA benefits previously at another college or university, a 22-1995 (Change of Program and Place of Training) will need to be completed and a copy given to the Certifying Official. The form can be found https://www.va.gov/education/how-to-apply/.
Yellow Ribbon program
The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing participates in the Post-9/11 GI Bill® Yellow Ribbon Program. This program provides funds to veterans in addition to the standard tuition benefit of the Post-9/11 Program. In order to qualify, veterans must be accepted in a degree program and must be certified by the VA to be eligible for 100% of the Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits. Individuals on active duty status are NOT eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Additional information can be obtained at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/yellow_ribbon.asp.
Students eligible for VRE benefits must contact the VA Certifying Official as well as supply the approved VRE Authorization form VA-1905 and the Vocational Rehab counselor’s contact information.
Military Tuition Assistance
Military tuition assistance may only be used to pursue degree programs at colleges or universities within the US that are regionally or nationally accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Each military branch has its own tuition assistance application procedure. It is recommended that military students visit their local installation education center. Prior to course enrollment, students may be required to provide an education degree plan or complete tuition assistance orientation. The degree plan can be obtained through SEAM’s online form.
More helpful information about military tuition assistance processes can be obtained at Military.com.
Please note that tuition assistance will not completely fund the entire tuition and it will be the responsibility of the student to pay the remaining balance owed. Also, the student will be obligated to reimburse any funds paid if any of the following occur:
- Leaving the service before the course ends
- Quitting the course for reasons other than personal illness, military transfer or mission requirements
- Failing the course
Legal Disclaimer: GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/.
Standards of Progress
Continuation of VA payments depends on the student’s meeting the University’s academic standards for all students. The student must also meet any standards of progress which may be established by VA regulations.
EXTERNAL MILITARY SCHOLARSHIPS
Many organizations offer scholarships to help cover education costs for veterans. The potential list of external scholarships can be found here.
The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award is post service benefit received by participants who have completed a term of national service in an approved AmeriCorps program--AmeriCorps VISTA, AmeriCorps NCCC, or AmeriCorps State and National. The education award may be used to pay educational costs at eligible post-secondary educational institutions, as well as to repay qualified student loans. If you intend to use your AmeriCorps award to assist in covering your School of Nursing costs please complete your request electronically at https://my.americorps.gov. To ensure your information is forwarded to the JHU School of Nursing, please select the following institution when completing your request:
Johns Hopkins University
3400 North Charles Street
Garland Hall 146
Baltimore, MD 21218
We will process your request and the School of Nursing should receive your AmeriCorps funds within 30 days.
AfterCollege/AACN Nursing Scholarship Fund
This program supports students who are seeking a baccalaureate, master's or doctoral degree in nursing.
CampusRN - Maryland Nursing Scholarship
Visit CampusRN to apply for the $1000 scholarship.
Foundation of the National Student Nurses' Association
This non-profit foundation awards scholarships for undergraduate nursing study.
Global Health Scholarship
This merit-based scholarship is awarded to a student to pay for the costs of their online or campus based education (up to $3,000 USD annually). It may be awarded to anyone who is currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate level, global health related program in nursing, medicine, or public health. International students are welcome to apply if they are currently be enrolled in a qualified program. All military are welcome. Students who are participating in any type of Global Health program may qualify for this scholarship including nurses, public health workers and physicians. Please refer to the website for the application deadline.
Nurses' Educational Funds, Inc
This non-profit foundation awards scholarships for graduate nursing study.
Funding Your Nursing School Education
Scholarships, financial aid, and other ways to pay for Nursing school.
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