As the expenses associated with becoming a nurse can be daunting, there are hospitals that will pay either part or a whole student’s tuition. The key is taking the time and thoroughly researching all hospitals within your area and understanding the differences of each program to compare them effectively.
It also helps to assess your own financial situation. You might not realize that you actually qualify for some of the programs that exist.
Hospitals may offer financial help in the form of low-interest loans, scholarships, hospital grants, and study/work programs. Having said this, one of the keys to being able to take advantage of these programs is to become an employee of the hospital. If you find a hospital that offers an incentive you desire, then try to apply for a job at the hospital in any capacity. Hospitals give preference to employees and after a certain length of time employed, the incentives become available to employees. It is acceptable to be employed as a custodian or cafeteria worker and take advantage of an incentive for a nursing program.
Low-interest loans are simply loans with a lower interest rate than normal. These are generally offered to high qualifying applicants to a program but may certainly help to ease the cost.
There are work-study programs that are available to students in hospitals. A current nursing student in any semester may apply for a job in the hospital as part of a work-study program. The nursing student might be eligible for a clerical position, an aide position, or a cleaning position. A portion of the income goes towards the student’s tuition. These particular programs can benefit a student in many ways. The student gains valuable knowledge about the hospital setting while working during hours the student is not taking part in the clinical portion of the nursing program. Exposure to a greater variety of personnel can be beneficial when the student is ready to apply for a full-time nursing position. A good work ethic and performance may give the student an advantage in learning about jobs opening up in the future. These positions may not have yet been advertised to the general population.
Scholarship programs are generally reserved for full-time students of an accredited nursing program in their final year of education. Based on a student’s performance, a scholarship may be awarded in return for a commitment by the student to begin working at the hospital for a required amount of time, as soon as they are licensed. A high-grade point average (GPA), excellent clinical skills, and a letter of recommendation are required. Hospitals may ask for a time commitment of 1 year to 3 years. There are penalties if the nurse does not fulfill his or her end of the commitment.
Hospitals also offer nursing grants to those who qualify. Minorities, disabled, low-income individuals may have the ability to apply to a hospital nursing program where all of the training is completed on-site, not at a traditional college. The hospital receives funding to promote the aid in bettering the futures of these groups of individuals, and you may be able to receive your nursing degree through a grant program. Grants do not have to be repaid.
Search your local hospital websites, then call and request an appointment to speak with a supervisor in the nursing department. They are more than willing to help and direct an enthusiastic student in the right direction to finding Hospitals with funding programs for nursing students.
List of Hospitals That Pay for Nursing School Arranged by State:
700 W. Market St.
Athens, AL 35611
Scholarship: awarded for 2-year RN program (unspecified amount)
Selection criteria: academic merit, year of application, and curriculum of the proposed program. Obligation: 4-year contract with hospital.
P.O. Box 978
Talladega, AL 35160
Scholarship: $2500 per year for 2-year RN program
Selection criteria: 3 recommendation letters, approved program of study, 2.5 minimum GPA.
Obligation: 2-year contract with the hospital.
2010 Brookwood Med. Ctr. Dr.
Birmingham, AL 35209
Scholarship: unspecified amount for LVN, $2000 for RN-A.D.N., $5000 for RN-B.S.N., $7500 for RN-graduate degree
Obligation: unspecified contract with hospital
2000 Pepperell Parkway
Opelika, AL 36801
Scholarship: scholarship amount based on program of study; includes textbooks
Selection criteria: must maintain specified GPA, must be approved program, must conduct student nursing duties at EAMC,
Obligation: contract with hospital commensurate with the amount of funding allocated
P.O. Box 490
Red Bay, AL 35582
Scholarship: $2000 per year for 3 selected recipients, awarded through hospital foundation.
Selection criteria: financial need, specified GPA, review by committee
1915 E. Rezanoe Drive
Kodiak, AK 99615
Scholarship: unspecified amount to cover tuition of approved program
Selection criteria: 3 letters of recommendation, high school or college transcript
3269 Stockton Hill Road
Kingman, AZ 86409
Scholarship: Up to $6000 for current nursing students or graduates within the previous 3 months.
Obligation: 2-year contract with hospital.
1600 20th Avenue
Safford, AZ 85546
Scholarship: reimbursement of up to $3,000 or $1,500 per year to full-time and part-time employees, respectively.
Obligation: 2-year contract with the hospital.
350 West Thomas Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85013
Scholarship: awarded to student in approved BSN program who has completed all but nursing core courses.
Selection criteria: must have completed at least 90 hours and all but core nursing courses must finish the degree within 20 months
Obligation: contract with hospital for unspecified amount of time.
1003 Willow Creek Rd
Prescott, AZ 86301
Scholarship: Offers as “loan forgiveness”; commensurate with the degree, $2500-$10000 forgiven for each year of employment.
Obligation: ongoing employment until loan forgiveness attained.
2400 S. Avenue A
Yuma, AZ 85364
Scholarship: $30,000 per year awarded to local students entering health fields, including nursing, amount per recipient is unspecified.
Selection criteria: financial need, 2 letters of recommendation, transcript, essay on commitment to health care.
3050 Twin Rivers Drive
Arkadelphia, AR 71923-4299
Scholarship: unspecified amount awarded through the foundation for nurses pursuing RN diplomas.
Obligation: contract with hospital for an unspecified amount of time.
311 North Morrow Street
Mena, AR 71953
Scholarship: unspecified amount awarded to local student who commits to returning to area to practice health care (including nursing)
Scholarship criteria: must be approved program, students must commit to practicing health care in the local area upon completion of education.
4301 W. Markham St. #526
Little Rock, AR 72205
Scholarship: unspecified amount awarded per student
Selection criteria: must be approved program, GPA of 2.8 or above, faculty letter of support, no disciplinary actions
Obligation: six months per semester in which assistance was given, with a one-year minimum.
1710 Harrison Street
Bakersville, AR 72501
Scholarship: several programs of unspecified amounts offered through hospital foundation to local nursing students.
Selection criteria: evidence of leadership, character, personal essay, transcripts
#2 St. Vincent Circle
Little Rock, AR 72205
Scholarship: unspecified amount for students in associates or bachelor nursing programs at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock.
Obligation: 9 months for each semester in which assistance was given or repayment of the remainder with additional 5% assessed.
1800 Spring Ridge Dr.
Susanville, CA 96130
Scholarship: $1,200 per semester for up to 4 semesters of study.
Obligation: contract with hospital for an unspecified amount of time
1420 South Central Ave
Glendale, CA 91204
Scholarship: employed nurses receive $3000 in tuition reimbursement and 24 hours of paid leave for educational purposes per year.
Obligation: continuous employment.
12401 Washington Blvd.
Whittier, CA 90602
Scholarship: $1000 total for an employee without RN who is pursuing A.D.N. or B.S.N, $5000 for RN pursuing B.S.N. or M.S.N.,
Selection criteria: essay, letters of recommendation, good employment standing
Scholarship: tuition reimbursement of $2000 per year for full-time employees and $1000 per year for part-time employees
Obligation: continued employment for unspecified time.
2730 Stockton Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95817
Scholarship: $3,500 per year or a total of $7,000 over a 5-year period, with a total maximum of $15,000.
Fee Reduction: 2/3 fee reduction for courses taken at UC Davis for up to 12 units per quarter.
Obligation: continued employment for an unspecified time.