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Funding Sources

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 Hal and Jo Cohen Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarship and Living Expenses Grant provides financial assistance for graduate nursing students to become qualified as nursing faculty at Maryland higher education institutions. An applicant must be a Maryland resident and attend an institution in Maryland that awards graduate degrees in nursing. Please note that the School of Nursing will not sponsor students in the Masters Entry into Nursing program for this award. Prior to applying for the award from MHEC, please contact Student Financial Services to verify your eligibility. For more details about the scholarship, visit the Maryland Higher Education Commission website

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 informatin 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.  

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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

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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.

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Other State Funding

Non-Maryland residents should contact the designated state agency for information on funding opportunities available through their state of residency.

State Higher Education Agencies


National Health Service Corp

Provides full tuition and stipend scholarships with a service pay-back commitment through employment with the National Health Service Corp. 

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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. 

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U.S. Public Health Commission Corps

Provides assistance through the Junior and Senior Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Programs. 

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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.

NIH Loan Repayment Program

Up to $35,000 of educatonal loan debt repaid annually to doctorally prepared researchers in health care. 

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The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing 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. Information about veterans’ benefits and enrollment procedures may be found at 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 Chapter 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits as well as the Yellow Ribbon and Vocational Rehabilitation.

More information on Veterans Administration Benefits can be found by contacting the VA Certifying Official in the Registrar’s Office at 410-614-3096 or by e-mail at  


Many organizations offer scholarships to help cover education costs for veterans.  The potential list of external scholarships can be found here.

General Nursing

AmeriCorps Program

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 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. 

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CampusRN - Maryland Nursing Scholarship

Visit CampusRN to apply for the $1000 scholarship. 

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Foundation of the National Student Nurses' Association

This non-profit foundation awards scholarships for undergraduate nursing study. 

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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.

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Nurses' Educational Funds, Inc

This non-profit foundation awards scholarships for graduate nursing study. 

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Funding Your Nursing School Education

Scholarships, financial aid, and other ways to pay for Nursing school.

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Scholarship Databases

The following websites are provided solely as a resource in your scholarship search.