Find out if you qualify for federal student aid or a federal student loan. The first step is filling out an application at The programs below are merely a starting point on your search for tuition assistance and should not be considered the only source for financial aide information.

Nurse Education Assistance Loan Program (NEALP)

The Ohio Board of Regents, State Grant and Scholarships Department also offers a nursing education loan repayment opportunity. The Nurse Education Assistance Loan Program (NEALP) offers financial assistance to Ohio students enrolled in an approved Ohio nurse education programs. To learn more about this opportunity and program, contact the Ohio Board of Regents, State Grants and Scholarships Department at 614-466-3561 FAX: 614-752-5903 or visit their web site at:

Ohio Nurses Foundation Scholarships

The Ohio Nurses Foundation (ONF) offers the following nursing education scholarships and loan opportunities.


  • Hague Memorial Scholarship: For a graduate nursing student who is an aspiring nurse leader.
  • Minority Scholarship: For students who are pursuing their first nursing degree that leads to RN licensure; live in the state of Ohio and are of a minority race.
  • Hayward Memorial Scholarship: For RNs preparing to teach nursing.
  • Traditional Nursing Student Scholarship: For students who do not have breaks longer than 2 years in their formal education (from high school to college) and have not yet obtained a degree.
  • RNs Majoring in Nursing: For students that are already RNs who want to advance the profession of nursing in Ohio.
  • Students Returning to School for Nursing Scholarship: For students who have been out of school more than 2 years and are not an RN.
  • Summit and Portage District Scholarship: For sophomore, junior, or senior student or returning R.N. working toward an advanced nursing degree at Hiram College, Kent State University, or The University of Akron.
  • Ashtabula District Scholarship: For students at Kent State Ashtabula Campus. Two scholarships of $250 are available per year. To apply, contact Kent State directly by emailing or calling 440-964-4211.


  • Research Grants: For the support of sound research projects conducted by registered nurses in Ohio. Up to 3 $2,000 grants are awarded per year.

Click here for a downloadble version of the ONF summary. For an application and more information go the the Ohio Nurses Foundation website:

The NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program Application for 2014

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced that the NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program 2014 application cycle will open soon. Registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses may qualify for loan repayment assistance if they work in a public or private nonprofit critical shortage facility or as nurse faculty employed by an accredited school of nursing. A critical shortage facility is a health care facility designated as, located in, or serving a mental health or primary medical care health professional shortage area (HPSA).

Click Here to Download a PDF with the Complete Announcement

Nurse Reinvestment Act

In response to the national nursing shortage, the Nurse Reinvestment Act of 2002 was signed into law in August 2002. The Act amends Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act: Nursing Workforce Development (the primary authorization of existing Federal nursing programs) and authorizes new programs to increase the number of qualified nurses and the quality of nursing services in the U.S. Funding to implement the new programs was appropriated by Congress in February 2003. Grant application materials are now available for the NURSE FACULTY LOAN PROGRAM authorized under Title VIII, Section 846A as amended by the Nurse Reinvestment Act of 2002.

Applications download:
(or) by Mail:
Division of Nursing NFLP
Parklawn Building, Room 9-36 
5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville MD 20857

Nursing Loan Repayment Plan

Nurses who want to take advantage of a federal program to help pay off nursing education loans. The Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program (NELRP) is aimed at giving nurses an incentive to practice in “critical shortage areas” by repaying a percentage of their outstanding student loans for their nursing program.

To learn more about NELRP eligibility and requirements, visit: