25 Helpful Grants for Nursing School

Qualified students in a nursing program, or conducting research at the graduate level, may be interested in financial aid in the form of a grant. Grants do not need to be repaid, but at the undergraduate level may be hard to obtain. Scholarships are much more common. What’s the difference? Grants are typically based on financial need while scholarships are often based on merit or some type of accomplishment, although financial need can also be a factor. To be eligible for most grants, students need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) so organizations have evidence of the type of financial need they have.

At the graduate level, grants may help cover the costs of tuition and fees, but most are related to research projects and proposals. These types of grants should not be discounted. In fact, they can be essential to helping students complete their graduate-level education. Often, the completion of a thesis, dissertation or project is a required component of a graduate degree program and grants enable students to undertake or complete their research. This may be especially true at the doctoral level in nursing.

In this blog, we take a look at 25 helpful grants for nursing school. They cover a variety of areas and are available from organizations as varied as nursing associations, state boards of education and even specific schools. We provide this listing of 25 helpful grants for nursing school as a way to get you thinking about the types of grants that could be available to you.

Florida Atlantic University

The school of nursing at Florida Atlantic University also makes research grants available to students. The school’s Office of Nursing Research and Scholarship seeks proposals, for up to $3,000 in budget funding, for its Research Initiative Awards, which are used to help fund pilot projects that have strong potential for extramural funding.

Rush University

Rush University, based in Chicago, has doctoral dissertation grants available in the maximum amount of $2,500 to help cover expenses related to proposed research. The grants are offered for 18 months and available to doctoral students at the school who already have an accepted doctoral dissertation research proposal.

University of Arizona in Tucson

The University of Arizona in Tucson awards Laurence B. Emmons Research Grants to assist nursing faculty members who have doctoral degrees in conducting pilot worked needed for a major research projects. In 2012, these awards totaled nearly $25,000. Faculty in the school of nursing are involved in education, research and practice to help people of all ages optimize health.

Ohio Nurses Foundation

The Ohio Nurses Foundation provides up to three $2,000 research grants annually to sound research projects being conducted by registered nurses in the state. Projects may be quantitative or qualitative and preference is given to applicants who are members of the Ohio Nurses Association.

Florida Nurses Association

Various research grants are available through the Florida Nurses Association, which focuses on supporting nursing education and research and helping nurses who are in need throughout the state. Grants are given to nurse researchers from specific areas of the state or from all over Florida and for those in graduate-level programming.

Allen College

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) provides a New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) grant through a national scholarship program with an aim of decreasing the national nursing shortage. Allen College, in Waterloo, Iowa, received this grant and has made five scholarships worth $10,000 each available to nursing students enrolled in the school’s accelerated BSN program starting with the 2014 summer cohort.

Caldwell College

Caldwell College, in Caldwell, N.J., makes nursing grants available to full-time freshmen who have minimum SAT scores of 1000 in math and verbal combined. Applicants must also show high academic achievement and can receive amounts ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 annually that are renewable for up to four years.

St. Anthony College of Nursing

Undergraduate students attending St. Anthony College of Nursing in Rockford, Ill., may be eligible for the Monetary Award Program (MAP) grant available through the state. This grant is based on financial need, covers tuition and fees and does not need to be repaid unless a student withdraws from a school.

New York State

New York State makes grants available to students through its Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). Applicants must be New York residents attending an in-state school. Award amounts are based on a student’s state taxable income or their family’s state taxable income.

National Association of Hispanic Nurses

The National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) provides financial awards to Hispanic nurses who demonstrate community service, education or leadership. Qualified recipients are eligible to receive these awards only once and must be a member of the association for at least five years. Recipients can be self-nominated or nominated through colleagues, co-workers or others.

Wisconsin Higher Education grant

The Wisconsin Higher Education grant is available to students in any undergraduate degree or certificate program who are attending school at least part-time. Grant amounts range from $250 to $3,000.

Chamberlain College of Nursing

The Chamberlain College of Nursing, in Downers Grove, Ill., provides a $125 grant per semester to students who are also awarded the Federal Supplementary Educational Opportunity Grant (FESOG), which is given to students who have not year earned a bachelor’s degree but demonstrate exceptional need.

Independence Blue Cross Supplemental Nursing Education Grant Program and the Pennsylvania Higher Education Nursing Education Grant Program

The Independence Blue Cross Supplemental Nursing Education Grant Program and the Pennsylvania Higher Education Nursing Education Grant Program are available to students with financial need who are enrolled in a bachelor’s of science in nursing (BSN) program and maintaining a 3.0 GPA. Students must fill out a FAFSA form and Common Scholarship Application form to be considered for eligibility.

Massachusetts Department of Education

The Massachusetts Department of Education makes grant money available through participating state’s higher education institutions and schools of nursing. Applicants must demonstrate financial need, be enrolled in school full-time and not be in default on any federal or state education loans. Amounts of $200 to $2,500 are awarded.

North Carolina Foundation for Nursing

The North Carolina Foundation for Nursing makes grant and scholarship money available through its Eunice M. Smith Scholarship. Money is available to students pursing a nursing education either at the undergraduate or graduate level and for grants related to study in the nursing field.

Emergency Nurses Association

The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) makes grant money available for research in emergency nursing. The money is offered through the ENA’s Foundation and used to promote emergency nursing through research and education, enhance professional development, provide a way to educate health care professionals in emergency care and treatment and educate the public on emergency-related topics.

American Association of Nurse Practitioners

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) makes up to $2,500 available in grant money to members of the ANNP who are nurse practitioners or who are scheduled to complete an NP program. Projects can focus on patient/provider education, patient/quality improvement or research and proposals should be related to the NP field.

Mississippi Nurses Foundation

The Mississippi Nurses Foundation provides a $2,000 grant to a registered nurse licensed in Mississippi who is working on a master’s or doctoral level program or are already working as educators, administrators or nurse clinicians. Applicants must be members of the Mississippi Nurses Association.

Dr. Mary Anne Rizzolo

The Dr. Mary Anne Rizzolo award is presented through the National l League for Nursing (NLN) to help advance the science of nursing education through high-quality research. The award amount is $2,500 and given to students working on a dissertation project.

American Nurses Credentialing Center

The American Nurses Foundation annually offers nursing research grants to beginning and experienced nurse researchers in conjunction with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Research must be data driven and focused on improving healthcare delivery. In 2014, two $5,000 grants were to be allotted to beginning nurse researchers while two $10,000 grants were to go to more experienced researchers.

Higher Education Commission of Maryland

The Higher Education Commission of Maryland has a Workforce Shortage Student Grant program in which nursing students work full or part-time for a certain number of years at an eligible organization within the state for the number of years that they received the award. Students must be Maryland residents and be enrolled in an eligible program, such as nursing.

Illinois Student Assistance Commission

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission awards grant amounts of up to $5,000 annually for a period of up to four years to help nurse educator students repay their school loans. Applicants must be Illinois residents, not be in default on any federal loan and meet the licensing requirements to be a nurse educator in the state of Illinois.

Midwest Nursing Research Society

The Midwest Nursing Research Society  (MNRS), along with the National League for Nursing (NLN), offers a $2,500 grant to students who are working on their dissertation or a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) project. Applicants must submit an electronic proposal and be a current member of the MNRS and be doing studies related to one or more of the NLN Priorities for Research in Nursing Education.

Sigma Theta Tau International

Sigma Theta Tau International, along with the National League for Nursing (NLN), offers an STTI grant of up to $5,000 for one year to help advance nursing education science through the use of technology to disseminate knowledge. Applicants must be registered nurses and have a master’s or doctoral degree or be enrolled in a doctoral program. Preference is given to members of either STTI or NLN.


The items compiled for this list of 25 helpful grants for nursing school represent just a minute portion of the grants and other type of funding that are available to students who may be looking to attend nursing school. The term ‘grant’ encompasses a variety of programmatic funding and can vary from coverage of tuition and fees at a school to assistance in conducting graduate-level research. In other instances, it may represent funding given to a school or an organization to help improve health education and nurse practices or expand outreach programs. Most of the grants on this list are available to individual students, although schools or organizations may also have authority to distribute grant funding.

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Barry Franklin

Barry Franklin


Barry is the Editor in Chief of NPS, operated by educational web publisher Sechel Ventures, which he co-owns. When not managing content, Barry sits on the board of a K-8 school, and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, children, and dogs.

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