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Nurse Educator Loan Repayment Program

The number of awards made through this program, as well as the individual dollar amount awarded, are subject to sufficient annual appropriations by the Illinois General Assembly and the Governor.

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Program Description
How to Apply (and Obtaining the Application)
How Funds Are Awarded and Disbursed
Processing Updates
Approved Illinois Institutions

In an effort to address the shortage of nurses and the lack of instructors to staff courses teaching nursing in Illinois, the Nurse Educator Loan Repayment Program encourages longevity and career change opportunities. The program is intended to pay eligible loans to add an incentive to nurse educators in maintaining their teaching careers within the State of Illinois. The annual awards to qualified nurse educators may be up to $5,000 to repay their student loan debt, and may be received for up to a maximum of four years.


To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen
  • Be an Illinois resident
  • Have an outstanding balance due on an eligible educational loan (includes Stafford Loans, Graduate PLUS Loans, consolidation loans, nursing student loans, Supplemental Loans for Students, alternative loans, and other types  of government and institutional loans used for nursing education expenses)
  • Be a nurse educator who meets licensing requirements of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
  • Have worked as a nurse educator instructing practical or professional nurses in an approved Illinois institution for at least the past 12 consecutive months prior to the date of each application for this program
  • Not be in default on any federal guaranteed educational loan, nor owe a refund on any scholarship or grant program administered by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC).

How to Apply

Each year you wish to apply for this program, you must submit a Nurse Educator Loan Repayment Application to ISAC. You may download and print an application here. Applications are also available at all Illinois approved institutions that have practical or professional nursing programs, and at ISAC's Deerfield, Springfield and Chicago offices. You must submit your application to ISAC's Deerfield office as indicated on the application. Allow at least four weeks for the processing of the application.  Qualified applicants will be sent a Notice of Eligibility letter from ISAC.

If your application is incomplete, ISAC will notify you and you will have the opportunity to furnish missing information. Your application will be considered for processing as of the date it is complete and all required information has been received at ISAC's Deerfield office.

Renewal applicants must submit an application each year, and may also be required to submit a history of prior awards in order to demonstrate that program proceeds were used for eligible educational loans.

How Funds Are Awarded and Disbursed

Recipients are selected from among qualified new applicants, as well as those who file timely renewal applications. The total number of awards each year is contingent upon available funding. If funding in any given year is insufficient to pay all eligible applicants, awarding will be based on the date the complete application (with all required documentation) is received at ISAC's Deerfield office.

Award amounts are based on the applicant's remaining balance on eligible education loans, not to exceed $5,000 per year. Release of funds could take up to four weeks, depending on the volume of payment vouchers being processed by the State of Illinois Comptroller’s Office. Proceeds will be remitted directly to the holder/servicer/lender of the loan(s) to be repaid.

Processing Updates

Note that ISAC routinely updates this section as new information becomes available. Be sure to check back periodically for the current processing status.

For the 2017 Fiscal Year

(last updated on July 27, 2016):

Please note that the state budget that funds the Nurse Educator Loan Repayment Program has not yet been finalized by the Illinois General Assembly and governor. As a result, it is not known how much funding, if any, this program will receive.

ISAC is not accepting Nurse Educator Loan Repayment Program applications for the 2017 fiscal year (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017) at this time. Be sure to regularly visit this page for the latest updates regarding the status of the budget and program funding.

Approved Illinois Institutions

In order to qualify for this program, an applicant must have worked as a nurse educator instructing practical or professional nurses in an approved Illinois institution for at least the past 12 consecutive months prior to the date of each application.

Click here to view a listing of approved Illinois institutions for this program.