How To Pay For Nursing School

Nursing school, like any other degree, can be expensive. Most nursing school students end up graduating with at least some debt, sometimes even in the tens of thousands of dollars.

If you are considering a nursing school program – even if you’re already enrolled – their are a number of options to help you pay for your education, and to repay all or part of your nursing student loans after graduation. Below are some resources for grants, loans, and tuition reimbursement programs.

The Federal Government (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) offers nursing student scholarships. Click on the link for more details.

    • Grants and loans for nurse educators are available through different organizations, who are attempting to address the shortage of nursing school teachers, so that nursing school programs can accept more students and shorten their waiting lists. Check out the National League for Nursing’s education research grants programs.
    • The Emergency Nurse Association gives nursing scholarships to LVN/LPNs and RNs who are continuing their nursing education. It is geared towards nurses who are interested in pursuing a specialty in emergency medicine.
    • The Pell Grant can be used by students going into many majors, not just nursing students, and it does not have to be repaid. See if you qualify.
    • Grants and loans for single mothers are an option to explore. Raise The Nation is a national organization that offers various types of assistance to single mothers seeking a degree. Talk to the financial aid department in each school that you are interested to find out if there are any loans, grants, or tuition repayment options available for you as a single mother through the school or the state. For instance, at the Utah Valley State College, their Cleo Nuttal Ream nursing scholarship is geared towards single mothers with dependent children.
    • The military offers various scholarships through their ROTC programs. Check out your army ROTC program to see what nursing student scholarship opportunities they have for nursing student cadets. Also look into the Navy’s ROTC program for information on their Nursing ROTC scholarship Like to fly? Consider the Air Force’s ROTC nursing scholarship.
    • Johnson & Johnson Services Inc. has a website called, which has information on nursing student scholarships. Fill out the form and see if any of the scholarships are right for you.

    One Response to “How To Pay For Nursing School”

    1. Tina D Scott Says:

      To Whom It May Concern,

      Is nursing a dime a dozen as I have beent old?, I start this conversation off like this because I have thought long and hard what I wanted to do in life, even though I am a single mother of 3 and have focused on my children and before that my husbands income… I have enrolled in several schools to be told how hard it is to get into nursing an that I shouldnt do it… I am 38 yo.. am I to old… I want to get into the health care field.. but after hearing this… I am sceptical… It really bothers me that someone would really discourge people from becoming a nurse telling me that after my prerequisites that it would take 2-3 yrs before I would be called in to going into the nursing program portion of the degree… what do I do? Do you have any suggestions for a person in the Fort Worth Area that is very adamant in getting into this program?

      Thank you,

      Tina D Scott

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