There were approximately 1.89 million nurses working in the United States in 2000. We needed two million, which means the United States was short 110,000 nurses. According to a Department of Health and Human Services report, Projected Supply, Demand and Shortages of Registered Nurses: 2000-2020, it is projected nursing shortages will continue to increase.
The unstable economy causes people to lose their jobs, it is important to have a career, like nursing, in which there are many job openings. With an average annual salary of $64,690, there is no doubt it is a lucrative career as well.
What if you cannot afford the education to prepare you for a career in nursing? You can turn to nursing grants for help!
Many nursing grants exist. You can find ones that will simply provide you money you can use towards your tuition with no strings attached. You can also find grants from health organizations that will provide you nursing tuition assistance as long as you agree to work with them for a minimum of two years.
If you really want to be a nurse, but can’t pay for the education, you can certainly make it work with nursing grants.
To apply for nursing grants you have to find them first. Some of the most popular ones are through the government.
The United States Department of Health and Human Services has a nursing scholarship program for students with financial need. This program requires graduated nursing students to serve a health care facility in primary care or mental health in an area considered as a Health Professional Shortage Area, or Critical Shortage Facility (CSF).
With your agreement to serve a facility for two years, you will receive money for tuition, fees, books, supplies, uniforms, and a monthly stipend.
You may be eligible if you are a U.S. citizen, enrolled in a nursing degree program, have no Federal debts, begin classes before September 30 and have a substantial financial need.
The Nursing Scholarship Fund from the Indiana General Assembly is another popular nursing grant. The State Student Assistance Commission of Indiana or SSACI administers this program.
The maximum amount of the scholarship is $5,000. The institution you are enrolled in will be responsible for determining how much you will receive and it’s based primarily on financial need.
Other eligibility requirement include being an Indiana resident, agreeing to work in an approved health care setting for two years after graduation, have a minimum GPA of 2.0, not have a defaulted loan and file for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
You can renew this scholarship each year up to six years.
While this particular one helps Indiana residents, many states have similar funds so check with your state for more information.
To find other grants to help you pay for your nursing school tuition, contact your school financial aid advisor. She will have a list of scholarships and grants you may be eligible to receive.
You can also contact nursing organizations such as the American Academy of Nurses. They have scholarships throughout the year to help prospective nurses.
In addition, do not forget about the grants and scholarships that students studying other subjects. You can apply for the Pell Grant and other government grants if you can prove you have financial need.
You can also check with your local government and businesses, especially health care facilities to find out if they are offering any help to nursing students if you agree to work for them after graduation.
Always remember, you can’t apply for grants and scholarships if you don’t know about them and you can’t get money if you don’t apply for them. Get out there and let people, organizations, businesses and everyone know you need a grant, apply for the ones you find and you’re bound to receive the assistance you need to become a successful nurse.