Whether you are a current nursing student or planning on enrolling in a nursing school program, there are many scholarship opportunities waiting for you. There are scholarships that are completely merit based, meaning that your grades and test scores are a major factor. Then there are scholarships that are available based on your financial need, so those with the highest financial hardship will move to top priority. Other scholarships are competitive in the sense that an essay on a specific topic, usually on why you want to become a nurse and your end goal, must be submitted.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, there is a large shortage in nurses. Due to this fact many organizations, both federal and state, are encouraging people to enter nursing programs and offering many scholarships and grants. In some cases there are certain perks that are offered to entice nursing students such as signing bonuses.
If you are interested in nursing school scholarships, the first thing that should be done is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). By doing this you can apply for any federal and state grants that you in which you meet the qualifications. Filling out this form lets you know if you are eligible for federal student aid and will allow you to accept grants and loans to help finance your education.
A great resource for nursing students to start with, after the FAFSA, is American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). There is much information that they can share including that of scholarships, grants and other financing needs. Checking this site often would be beneficial since there are many scholarships that become available at different times during the year.
The same holds true with other sites. Look for sites that give you scholarship information and sign up for email alerts. Return to them regularly, you will find new scholarships pop-up from time to time that you most likely will qualify for. Many sites actually cater specifically to nursing school students.
Visit Your School’s Financial Aid Department
Many schools also offer scholarships for attending students. Various organizations and private parties donate money for this specific purpose. It is a good idea to know what is available at the school that you are attending or plan to attend. Make sure you apply to all scholarships or grants that you qualify for. The more you apply to, the better your chances on receiving one or more.
Do not limit yourself. Do your research and find as many financial outs as you can. Every little bit helps.