As you make financial plans to attend college, there are several factors to consider. The USF tuition rates are assessed per credit hour by course level, and costs will vary based on your residency status and course type (online, clinical, etc.). The current graduate tuition rates can be found on the University Controller's Office website.
Note: The tuition for the Nurse Anesthesia DNP program is higher, see the program's FAQs for details.
If you are admitted to the USF College of Nursing there will be additional fees 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 (usually $1,000-$2,500 per year) will be provided to you as an admitted student.
The services offered by the University Scholarships & Financial Aid Services office are an excellent place to start understanding and managing your college finances. With that office's helpful "Get Started" section, 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. That office also provides assistance with securing adequate funding, debt management counseling and financial planning.
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 of Nursing does not have a separate Financial Aid office, so 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.
See the Office of Veteran Success for details to on how to apply for VA Education Benefits at USF. That office provides step-by-step instructions on how to navigate the admissions and VA benefit process. Contact H. Jason Miller, associate director of Veteran Services for additional assistance.
Determining how to finance your education is not a one-step process. It takes a commitment to learning about the different types of aid, exploring which ones suit your budget and then applying for those you qualify for.
The College of Nursing awards specific scholarships (grants and 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.
The College of Nursing offers graduate teaching assistantships and research assistantships to qualified students. These positions offer a salary and may cover a portion of tuition costs.
Teaching assistants are appointed for a minimum of 10 hours per week and a maximum of 30 hours per week. TAs will be assigned to a clinical team or specific course(s) with an identified supervisor. A specific work schedule is developed in collaboration with the appropriate faculty supervisor. Training will be provided for each position. These positions may require travel to different sites. To view a full description of the graduate teaching assistantship, click here.
Graduate research assistants are appointed for a minimum of 10 hours per week and a maximum of 30 hours per week. A specific work schedule is developed with the appropriate faculty supervisor. Research assistantships may include work with the Research Center staff or with an individual faculty member or research residency in a healthcare setting. To view a full description of the graduate research assistantship, click here.
1. What types of graduate assistantships exist for doctoral students?
Doctoral students can be appointed as graduate teaching assistants or as research assistants dependent on college needs and/or student preparation and experience.
2. What is the amount ($) of funding available to me as a graduate assistant?
Funding can range from $8,352 to $20,880 annually dependent upon the number of hours worked per week.
3. How many hours would I work if awarded an assistantship?
Graduate assistants normally work a minimum of 10 hours per week and a maximum of 30 hours per week.
4. Will I be funded through all years of my program?
Funding for graduate assistantships typically is available until a student’s coursework is completed. Students will be expected to be funded by a grant during the dissertation stage. Graduate assistantships will be continued pending favorable performance evaluations and overall college funding availability.
5. What does the assistantship cover?
Students on graduate assistantship are paid a salary and are considered salaried employees. Graduate assistants may also receive a portion of tuition paid by the college.
6. How many hours do I have to be enrolled in per semester to receive an assistantship?
Full time (at least 9 credits) and at least 18 completed graduate credit hours.
7. Do I have to apply for the stipend each year or is it automatically renewed?
Graduate assistantships will be continued pending favorable performance evaluations and overall college funding availability. Funding for graduate assistantships typically is available until a student’s coursework is completed. Students will be expected to be funded by a grant during the dissertation stage.