Tuition & Financial Assistance Overview


University Cost to Attend

The USF tuition rates are assessed per credit hour by course level (undergraduate or graduate), and costs will vary based on your residency status and course type (online, clinical, etc.). The current tuition rates can be found on the University Controller's Office website.

Note: The tuition for the Nurse Anesthesia program is higher, see the program's FAQs for details.

College Expenses

If you are admitted to the USF College of Nursing there will be additional expenses to cover CPR training, criminal background check, drug screening, textbooks, course software, clinical uniforms, equipment (for pre-licensure students) and other expenses depending on your program.

Note: An estimated list of expenses will be provided to you as an admitted student. ($1,000-$2,500 per year)

Financial Aid

University Scholarships & Financial Aid

The services offered by the University Scholarships & Financial Aid Services office are an excellent place to start understanding and managing your college finances.  With their helpful "Get Started" you can choose from Step by Step Guides, search for scholarships and learn more about the types of financial aid.

Note: Contact the USF Health, Office of Financial Aid once you become an admitted student for assistance in navigating the financial aid process.  Their office also provides assistance to secure adequate funding, debt management counseling and financial planning.

College Financial Assistance

The USF College of Nursing awards admitted students through grants and endowed funding. Types of financial assistance include graduate assistantships, scholarships, fellowships and others depending on your program. See the complete details provided below under Types of Financial Assistance.

Note: The college does not have a separate Financial Aid office, students should contact the USF Health, Office of Financial Aid for assistance navigating the financial aid process.  This office works in conjunction with the college and the University Scholarship & Financial Aid Services office.

Veteran Education Benefit

See the Office of Veteran Success for details to on how to apply for VA Education Benefits at USF.  Their office provides step-by-step instructions on how to navigate the admissions and VA benefit process.  Contact H. Jason Miller, Associate Director Veteran Services for additional assistance.

Types of Financial Assistance

This list is not inclusive, but serves as a starting point for researching USF options for nursing students. 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, which ones suit your budget and then applying for those you qualify for.

The College of Nursing awards specific scholarships (grants & endowed funding) to currently admitted students. An email will be sent to students through their USF Health email when funds are available. We recommend checking your email account daily.

Note: 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.

  • College of Nursing Scholarships - Effective November 1, 2016, USF College of Nursing began accepting 2017-2018 scholarship applications in the Scholarship Tracking Application & Review System (STARS) available through the USF Office of University Scholarships and Financial Aid Services.  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 of Nursing to receive scholarships.

  • Other Scholarships - 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 account. 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 Janice Walker 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: