JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

2024-25 NES Applications Due April 30


The application for 2024-25 Nursing Education Scholarships (NES) is now available.

Program Highlights

  • This program was designed to assist individuals who are pursuing a certificate in practical nursing, an associates degree in nursing, a hospital-based diploma in nursing or a bachelor’s or graduate degree in nursing and who demonstrate the greatest financial need among qualified students.
  • To be considered for funds during the 2024-25 academic year, the complete NES Application/Work Agreement/Promissory Note – along with either the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) or the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid (Alternative Application) – must be submitted on or before Tuesday, April 30, 2024.
    • The application process must be completed each year an applicant wishes to receive funding, regardless of whether the applicant has received a previous award (renewal).
    • For complete NES applications submitted on or before April 30: if a signature is not provided at the time the application is submitted, applicants will have until the end of May to print, sign and submit the NES Application/Work Agreement/Promissory Note to ISAC.
  • An NES award will pay a portion of tuition and fee charges, plus – for full-time students only – a living allowance (previously referred to as a stipend).
  • The scholarship pays for coursework within the nursing curriculum, but does not pay for pre-requisite coursework.
  • The number of years for which NES funding may be received is based on the certificate, diploma, or degree being pursued.
  • Scholarship recipients must begin full- or part-time employment as a licensed practical or registered nurse in Illinois within six months of graduating, and remain employed for a period equivalent to the educational time supported by the scholarship.
    • If this commitment is not fulfilled, the scholarship converts to a loan, which must be repaid with interest.

Learn More

The following NES resources are available at the ISAC website (isac.org).

What's Next?

Colleges utilize the NESP system to administer NES awards, and will be notified when the certification and payment processing functionalities are available for the 2024-25 awarding cycle (anticipated for later this spring). Further details will be provided as they become available via ISAC's standard methods of communication, including: the NES Program News page; the FAA Message Board; and, this e-Messaging service.

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