Scholarships & Financial Aid

Financial Assistance

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

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

Nurse Faculty Loan Program

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.

University of Cincinnati Options

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.

Phone: 513-556-1000
Fax: 513-556-9171

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.

Army ROTC Scholarships

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)

Living Expenses

Army ROTC scholarships also provide monthly living allowances for each school year. You will also earn a generous monthly stipend for each year in the enrolled in the Army ROTC Program:

  • Freshman year, $450 per month
  • Sophomore year, $450 per month
  • Junior year, $450 per month
  • Senior year, $450 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 Mr. Mike Prows at 513-556-3664, or via the web at for more information and enrollment assistance.

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