💡 The Frank Takeaways:
- There are thousands of nursing scholarships available each year.
- Some scholarships are specific to your unique situation while others are merit or need-based.
- Adult students returning to nursing school likely need scholarshisp more than most. Luckily, there are many available.
FAFSA® for Nurses: Nursing scholarships for adult students —
If you’re a returning adult learner who has decided to go to nursing school, you’re probably concerned about the effect it will have on your financial future. The good news is that there are plenty of scholarships for adult students that supplement your FAFSA® financial aid package.
When pursuing a new career or going back to school for the first time, there are plenty of reasons to be stressed out, and the ability to afford school shouldn’t be one of them. However, we all know that student debt is rising, and schools aren’t getting any cheaper.
That’s where nursing scholarships come in. For adult students, scholarships can often be one of your best bets. If you’ve filed FAFSA® and know there’s a gap between your financial aid and out-of-pocket costs, consider scholarships.
Apply for as many scholarshisp as possible
One of the great things about scholarships is that you can apply for as many as you wish. As long as you meet the requirements for each application and submit your information by the deadline, you’ll be in the running.
There’s even more good news about nursing scholarships
Going to nursing school is an excellent choice if you want to feel secure as you move through your career. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently said that job opportunities for Registered Nurses are expected to grow by 15% by 2026. That’s a significant number!
Knowing how important nurses are, many institutions and schools have made becoming a nurse more manageable by providing additional financial aid like scholarships. From scholarships to tuition repayment and forgiveness, there are more ways to save now than there ever have been if you want to become a nurse.
What scholarships are available for adult nursing students?
The answer to that question varies. There are tons of scholarships out there, and you have to find the ones that apply to your unique situation. Here’s a quick breakdown of the type of scholarships that might be available to you.
Scholarships for Nurses
- Scholarships for Adult Students
- Scholarships for First-Gen College students
- Scholarships for Single Parents
- Scholarships for Women
- Scholarships for Men in Nursing
- Scholarships for Veterans
- Scholarships for Minority Students
- Scholarships for Students with Disabilities
- Scholarships that for Immigrants
- Regional & State Scholarships
- Community Scholarships
- Graduate & Doctoral Scholarships
- Other Cultural & Lifestyle based scholarships
A list this long can be very overwhelming when it comes to your initial scholarship search. You might find that you fit into several categories, and that’s great! The more categories you fit into, the more scholarship opportunities there are for you. Nothing will help decrease your financial aid gap more than being awarded tons of scholarships.
So, apply for as many as possible!
Luckily, we’ve gathered some of the most popular scholarship opportunities for adult nurses, so you can take a look at the ones that fit your situation best.
Scholarships for Adult Nursing Students
Association of Nontraditional Students in Higher Education (ANTSHE)
For: Students 23 or older enrolled in a two or 4-year college
Requirements: Must be an active member of ANTSHE and meet their criteria
Amount: Several awards amounts are available yearly
B4 Brands Barbara Rhomberg Nursing Scholarship
For: Non-traditional, full-time students pursuing associate or bachelor’s in nursing
Requirements: Non-traditional adult students re-entering education (3-year gap between high school and college enrollment)
Unigo $10k Scholarship
For: Anyone 13 years or older
Requirements: Resident of the U.S. and currently enrolled in a post-secondary institution
General Nursing Scholarships
Association of periOperative Registered Nurses Foundation (AORN)
For: Enrolled Undergrad and Grad students pursuing perioperative nursing
Requirements: Interest in perioperative nursing with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
American Red Cross Jane Delano Student Nurse Scholarship
For: Undergrad and Grad nursing students who have volunteered for the American Red Cross
Requirements: Good academic standing in a U.S. nursing program. More here.
DAR Caroline E. Holt Nursing Scholarship
For: Accepted or enrolled students in an accredited nursing program with financial need
Requirements: Financial need and letter of acceptance
Coursey Enterprises Student Scholarship
For: First-year students enrolled in an RN or LPN program
Requirements: Must be U.S. citizens
Foundation of the National Student Nurses Association (FNSNA)
For: U.S. nursing students enrolled in state-approved Undergrad and Grad programs
Requirements: Typically around nursing specialization. More here.
Amount: $1000 – $7500
Hurst Review Services Nursing AACN Scholarship
For: Students enrolled in school & a member of AACN
Requirements: Pursuing a professional nursing degree
HRSA NURSE Corps Scholarship Program
For: All nursing students enrolled in an accredited program
Requirements: U.S. citizens willing to work at an eligible organization with a critical nurse shortage upon graduation
Cascade Healthcare Nurses Make A Difference
For: Undergrad nursing degree students at accredited college or university and high school students accepted to one
Requirements: U.S. resident or hold a student visa and a GPA of 3.0 and higher.
TravelNurseSource Future U.S. Nurse Scholarship
For: First-time undergrad students with one semester completed
Requirements: U.S. resident, 18 years of age, and GPA 2.5 or higher
Tylenol Future Care Scholarship
For: Undergrad and Grad students attending a 2 to a 4-year college, university, or vocational school
Requirements: Read them here.
Amount $10,000 or $5000
If you’re planning to apply for scholarships to help you pay for nursing school, you should apply to as many of them as possible. Even scholarships that have low award payouts are worth the time it takes to apply. In general, fewer people apply for scholarships that don’t offer as much payout, so you’ll have less competition.
Those small payouts can help you close the financial aid gap little by little, making it possible for your student loan debt to stay controllable. The less student loan debt you have, the faster you can focus on paying off your debt through tuition reimbursement or debt forgiveness.
Even before you file for FAFSA® and know how much financial aid you might be awarded, start your scholarship application process. Any free money towards your nursing education is good money.