Scholarships & Financial Aid
There are many financial resources available to assist both undergraduate and graduate students in fulfilling their educational goals. We encourage you to explore and take advantage of these opportunities as you pursue your degree.
- Nursing Scholarships
- Nurse Faculty Loan Program
- Schell Foundation Loan
- University of Cincinnati Options
- Army ROTC Scholarships
- Additional Resources
College of Nursing Scholarships
Scholarships available to students enrolled in the college are awarded on the basis of financial need and academic achievement. You may be required to file the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid first.
CoN Scholarship funds are awarded on an annual basis only. Students enrolled in or offered admission to BSN, MSN, DNP and PhD onsite programs must submit an application to be considered for this funding. Students enrolled in distance learning and post-masters programs are not eligible for CoN Scholarship funding. Applications are available each year early in the Spring semester.
If you have questions regarding the scholarship application process, please contact the College of Nursing Office of Student Affairs at (513) 558-3600. PLEASE NOTE: Students enrolled in a Distance Learning offering of our programs are not eligible to receive these scholarships.
Southwestern Ohio Nurses Association (SONA) Anna M. Drake Student Memorial Fund
A registered nurse student interested in completing the RN/BSN track offered by the college may request a loan from this fund. A SONA member must sponsor the student. Specific information may be obtained at www.interactforchange.org/scholarships.html.
The University of Cincinnati College of Nursing is proud to offer the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Bureau of Health Professionals (BHPr) in an effort to increase the number of qualified nursing faculty. These loans, with an annual limit of $35,000 for a maximum of five years, are made available to eligible students enrolled in a Masters or Doctoral Nursing program who intend to secure full-time employment as nurse educators upon graduation. The funds are intended to cover the cost of attendance including the cost of tuition, fees, books, and other reasonable education expenses. Following graduation from the nursing program, up to 85% of the loan principal and interest will be cancelled in exchange for the loan recipient’s service as a full-time nursing faculty at a school of nursing, with a certain percentage cancelled each year for up to four years. A commitment to complete four nurse educator courses in addition to the required courses for the intended degree program prior to graduation is required.
Students interested in securing full-time employment as nurse educators upon graduation are encouraged to complete the application packet, including the application, self-certification, and statement of understanding, and submit it to the College of Nursing Office of Student Affairs at the following address:
- Completed application packets can be dropped off in person in room 260 Procter Hall.
- Completed application packets can be mailed to:
University of Cincinnati
College of Nursing
PO Box 210038
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0038
Attn: Office of Student Affairs.
Students enrolled in Distance Learning programs must ensure that all signatures are notarized prior to submitting applications. Applications received 6 weeks prior to the term for which you are applying for funding will be reviewed and decisions will be made prior to the start of the term for which you are applying for funding. Applications received less than 6 weeks prior to the term for which you are requesting funding may be deferred to the following term.
Click here to review a list of frequently asked questions.
Schell Foundation Loan funds are used to provide educational assistance to UC College of Nursing students in securing a nursing education that probably would not otherwise be attainable. Loan funds are non-interest bearing funds intended to be repaid as soon as possible upon graduation to ensure that the funds are replenished for future students in need. Eligibility for funding requires that:
- students must be citizens of Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia or adjoining states;
- students must be age 18-25;
- and students must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA.
Students who are economically disadvantaged, underrepresented minority (including men), first generation college students, or are committed to working in a health professional shortage area are given priority in Schell Foundation Loan fund allocation.
The Schell Foundation Loan online application will become available each year prior to the beginning of the Autumn term. Funded students will be asked to sign a promissory note with the intention of repaying the non-interest bearing principle of the loan within five years of graduation and will be asked to write a letter to the Schell Foundation explaining how the loan helped them to meet their educational costs.
Student Financial Aid Office
The Student Financial Aid Office is committed to making education as affordable as possible. Every effort will be made to identify university, federal and state resources to assist both undergraduate and graduate students.
Certificate students are not eligible for federal financial aid.
Cincinnatus Scholarship Competition
Freshmen with exemplary high school academic records may be eligible to compete in the Cincinnatus Scholarship Competition. Information is available from the Office of Admissions.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
This form is required for many of the financial aid programs.
Work-Study is a federal program that pays undergraduate and graduate students to work in educational settings.
University Graduate Scholarships & Assistantships
University Graduate Scholarships pay tuition and some fees. Students must be enrolled full-time in the campus-based program in order to be eligible for this funding. Distance learning and certificate students are not eligible.
Graduate Assistantship stipends usually require teaching or research responsibilities.
Certificate students are not eligible for UGS/GA funds.
Nursing Student Loan Program
The loan is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is available to undergraduate students enrolled in the field of nursing. The interest rate is 5% and repayment begins 9 months after less than half-time enrollment. The loan is need based and the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid must also be submitted. Details are available through the UC Office of Student Financial Aid.
Alumni Award Scholarships
The UC Alumni Association awards scholarships to qualifying undergraduate students. Check out the scholarships, details and application forms at the Alumni Association website.
Whether you're a college-bound high school student applying for Pre-Nursing, or already a nursing student in the College, Army ROTC has scholarships available. Nursing scholarships are awarded based on a student's merit and grades, not financial need. Army ROTC Nursing scholarships consist of two-, three-, and four-year scholarship options based on the time remaining to complete your degree. You can opt to convert your scholarship to room and board in place of tuition, if you should qualify. Additional allowances for books and nursing fees also help to ease the financial burden of school.
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Be between the ages of 17 and 26
- Have a high school GPA of at least 2.50
- Have a high school diploma or equivalent
- Score a minimum of 920 on the SAT (math/verbal) or 19 on the ACT (excluding the required writing test scores)
- Meet physical and medical standards
- Agree to accept a commission and serve in the Army on Active Duty or in a Reserve Component (Army Reserve or Army National Guard)
Army ROTC scholarships also provide monthly living allowances for each school year. You can earn certain amounts depending on your level in the Army ROTC curriculum:
- Freshman year, $300 per month
- Sophomore year, $350 per month
- Junior year, $450 per month
- Senior year, $500 per month
This allowance is also available to all non-scholarship Nursing Cadets enrolled in the Army ROTC Advanced Course (3rd and 4th years). Both present high school students and College of Nursing students should contact Lieutenant Colonel John Bautch, or Captain Heather Aubrey, at 513-556-3660, or via the web at email@example.com for more information and enrollment assistance.