Financial Assistance 

Welcome to the USF College of Nursing Financial Assistance page. This page is designed to provide an overview of the types of financial assistance available to nursing students. This list is not inclusive, but serves as a starting point for researching USF options.

Determining how to finance one's education is not a one-step process. It takes a commitment to learning about the different types of aid, determining which ones suit your budget, and then applying for those you are qualified.

The USF Health Office of Financial Aid helps students who are enrolled at USF Health navigate the financial aid process, secure adequate funding for their educational expenses, as well as provide debt management counseling and financial planning. For further information about financial aid or for assistance with service concerns, please contact the USF Health Financial Aid Team (email us).

In addition, the College of Nursing awards specific scholarships to current admitted students by way of grants and endowed funding. The most important thing to remember is that the college will email you directly when funds are available through your USF Health email account only. Do not miss out on important opportunities by maintaining your email account daily.

While there is no separate Financial Aid office within the College of Nursing, we have compiled a listing of information that may be helpful as you begin your search.

Types of Financial Assistance

No matter what type of funding you are applying for, start by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA. The FAFSA is used to determine eligibility for most of types of financial assistance.

  • Scholarships - Effective November 1, 2016, USF College of Nursing (CON) began accepting 2017-2018 scholarship applications in the Scholarship Tracking Application & Review System (STARS).  STARS allows students to apply for USF scholarships by completing a questionnaire that shows a list of scholarship(s) he/she may qualify for based on responses.  Please note: students must be officially accepted to the college to receive CON scholarships.  STARS is available through the USF Office ofUniversity Scholarships and Financial Aid Services.

    Scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students are based on both need and merit and do not have to be repaid. The college will email you directly when funds are available, through your USF HEALTH EMAIL ONLY. Each scholarship has specific rules on eligibility requirements. Information is available through private organizations and the USF Office of University Scholarships and Financial Aid Services. Many private organizations also provide scholarship opportunities, so conduct your own search or use some of these suggestions:

  • Graduate Assistantships - The College of Nursing offers graduate teaching and research assistantships to qualified students. More information can be found here.

  • USF Graduate School Scholarships and Fellowships - The USF Graduate School offers a range of scholarships and fellowships. To be considered for a specific award, it is critical to submit a complete application prior to the stated deadline. Applications received after the deadline will not be reviewed. For a listing of deadlines and requirements for USF Graduate School Scholarships and Fellowships, please see:

  • The Nurse Faculty Loan Program for Master's Students - The Nurse Faculty Loan program requires a commitment to teach for four years in the USA post-graduation with an 85% loan forgiveness possible. For more information contact Janice Walker, Unit Research Administrator/Research center, at

  • State of Florida Nurse Educator Master's Program - The State of Florida Nurse Educator program provides up to 5 semesters of stipend support for full-time enrollment and a student commitment to teach for three years in the State of Florida post graduation. For more information contact Anne Phillips at

  • Resources for Educational Distinction (R.E.D.) - R.E.D. serves as a clearinghouse for nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships. In general, these scholarships and fellowships are designed for highly driven, academically strong, visionary students. Some are for graduate/professional study in the U.S., while some involve study abroad. For more information see:

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