Nursing Education Scholarship Program
of the Nursing Education Scholarship Program is to increase the number of
nurses available for employment in
offering scholarships to overcome financial barriers to education.
The program provides financial assistance to qualified individuals
pursuing an associate
degree in nursing, an associate degree in applied sciences in nursing, a
hospital based diploma in nursing, a baccalaureate degree in nursing, a
graduate degree in nursing or a certificate
in practical nursing.
General Program Information
Applications must be postmarked by
May 31 of the current
Applicants are notified whether
the application is complete. Only one notice/request for additional information
will be provided.
Only complete applications will be
considered for a scholarship.
The scholarship pays only for coursework within the
nursing curriculum for which the recipient is funded; it does not pay for
pre-requisite coursework. The expense for coursework applied to another
degree will not be paid nor will it be considered when determining
eligibility for a living expense stipend.
who are in default on other educational loans and/or scholarships received from
state or federal funds or who have other outstanding debt to the state of
are not eligible to receive these scholarship funds.
Applicants are not required to disclose their Social
Security Number on the application form; however, if selected, the Social
Security Number will be required.
is the applicant’s responsibility to notify program staff if any information on
their application changes.
does not guarantee a scholarship.
An applicant must be:
A resident of
for at least one year prior
to application, and be a citizen or lawful permanent resident alien of
Enrolled in or accepted for admission to a nursing
that is approved by
the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation,
Division of Professional Regulation
In need of financial assistance based on
applicant’s Student Aid Report.
To be considered in the selection process, an applicant
Submit a completed, signed and dated application
form prior to the deadline
If licensed, include a copy of his/her
registered professional nurse license or
Include a current copy of an official transcript
or other current official school form that indicates a cumulative
grade point average
Include a copy of a current Student Aid Report
(SAR) that indicates an estimated financial contribution. A current SAR
is required, even if you are not eligible for or have not applied for
other financial assistance.
Scholarship awards will be distributed as follows:
At least 40 percent for students pursuing a
baccalaureate degree in nursing
At least 30 percent for students pursuing an
associate degree or a hospital-based diploma in
At least 20 percent for students pursuing
a graduate degree in nursing
At least 10 percent for students pursuing a
certificate in practical nursing.
Recipients will be selected based on the following
Renewal recipients will receive preference.
If the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of
scholarships to be awarded, priority in awarding scholarships will be
given to students who:
Have the greatest financial need per the Student Aid
Are full-time or closest to full-time students
Have the fewest number of credit hours remaining to complete
their nursing degree
Already have an associate degree or hospital-based diploma
in nursing or a certificate in practical nursing and are pursuing
a higher degree
Have the highest cumulative grade point average as documented
on an official transcript or other official school form.
When all criteria are
equal, a lottery may be used to determine
Number of Years of Scholarship
The number of years full-time students are eligible to receive
funding is based on the degree or certificate they are pursuing. The
maximum years are:
one academic year – certificate in practical nursing
two academic years – associate degree in nursing
three academic years – hospital-based diploma in
four academic years – baccalaureate degree in
five academic years – graduate degree in
Full-time students may receive the following:
|At a public college or university:
Students pursuing an
associate degree, a baccalaureate degree or a
graduate degree in nursing:
$4,942 for tuition and
$5,943 for living expense stipend
|At a community college:
||Students pursuing an associate degree or a
hospital-based diploma in nursing: |
tuition and fees (estimate)
$5,943 for living expense stipend
||Students receive 75 percent of the average tuition and fees
charged at all practical nursing programs and $5,943 (estimate) for
living expense stipend.|
||Students attending private institutions receive the same amount
as students attending public institutions.|
||Awards for part-time students are determined by applying the ratio
of part-time enrollment to full-time enrollment to the average per
term scholarship amount for a student in the same nursing degree
Prior to receiving scholarship funding for any academic
year, the recipient must sign a contract with the state of
Illinois agreeing to work in
direct patient care as a registered professional nurse or licensed
practical nurse or as a nurse educator in the case of a graduate degree
Repayment of Scholarship Obligation
Repayment of the scholarship obligation to the state of
may be achieved in two ways:
By working in
as a registered
professional nurse or a licensed practical nurse, providing direct patient care;
or as a nurse educator in the case of a graduate degree
By monetarily repaying the obligation.
Following graduation and licensing, a recipient is required to be employed on
a full-time or a part-time basis.
Full-time employment means providing direct patient
care or working as a nurse educator for 35 hours or more per week for
weekday shifts or at least 24 hours per weekend shift.
Part-time employment means providing direct patient
care or working as a nurse educator for a minimum of 17.5 hours and up to
34 hours per week.
Fulfillment of the nursing
employment obligation must be within a time period that does not exceed
twice the number of months covered by the scholarship, as illustrated in
the following table:
Year (semester/trimester basis)
term, full-time student
term, part-time student
Year (quarter basis)
Per term, full-time
Per term, part-time
Per term, full-time
Per term, part-time
|NOTE: The total
nursing employment obligation for any one academic year will not
exceed 12 months of full-time employment.
License pending status – Employment while in “license
pending” status does not meet the employment obligation of this
For recipients holding a current Illinois nurse license
prior to graduation, the scholarship obligation is met by employment
subsequent to receipt of the degree for which the scholarship was
Monetary repayment - A
recipient who fails to meet any term or terms of the contract is in
default and will be required to monetarily repay the scholarship to the
Illinois Department of Public Health as follows:
For each year not met by the nursing employment
obligation, recipient will repay the Department the total amount of
scholarship funds received plus 7 percent interest per year on the
unpaid balance. Cash repayment must begin within six months following
the date of the default and must be completed within six years.
Deferment of Scholarship
The nursing employment obligation may be deferred by review
of a written statement from the recipient to the Department when failure
to fulfill the nursing employment obligation results from:
Involuntarily leaving the profession due to a
decrease in the number of nurses employed in the state
Total and permanent disability
Military service. A recipient must notify the
Department within 30 days if he/she spends up to four years in military
service, before or after graduation, and before completion of the
nursing employment obligation. Up to four years of the time spent in
military service will be excluded from the computation of the number of
months of the nursing employment obligation. Within 30 days following
completion of active duty, the recipient will begin meeting his/her
Any request for deferment must be made to the
Department in writing and must be re-evaluated every six months.
Upon graduation, a recipient must provide a copy of
his/her diploma or certificate to the Illinois Department of Public
Recipient must pass the National Council Licensure
Examination (NCLEX) and provide a copy of his/her
license to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Recipient must meet the required nursing employment
obligation or monetarily repay the funds.
Recipient should consult a tax preparer regarding
the tax obligations resulting from this award.
Questions may be
directed to :
Illinois Department of Public
Center for Rural Health
Nursing Education Scholarship
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