JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

Application Procedures for Nursing Education Scholarships

{ISAC Rules, Part 2749.110}

When available, applicants may access the application for Nursing Education Scholarships (NES) via the Program Applications & Status Checks area of the ISAC Student Portal. The online application has built-in edits to prevent errors, and ISAC sends immediate confirmation to the applicant’s e-mail address that the application has been received. In addition, students must submit the corresponding year’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) or, if applicable, Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid (Alternative Application) by the NES application deadline date.

The NES application period each year starts on March 1 and continues through April 30. The application must be completed and submitted each year by applicants wishing to be considered for an award, regardless of whether they may have received previous awards (renewals). To be considered for the 2023-24 academic year, the NES Application/Grant Agreement/Promissory Note and FAFSA or Alternative Application must have been submitted to ISAC on or before April 30, 2023.

What's Next

After an application is submitted, the process is as follows:

  • Applicants immediately receive an e-mail confirming that their application has been received at ISAC. Application processing time may be up to 4 weeks.
  • If the application is incomplete, the applicant receives a letter from ISAC explaining the reason(s) and advising how to resolve the issue.
  • If an applicant needs to change their response(s) to any item(s) and/or update any information after the application has been submitted, they need to provide the information to ISAC as outlined in the “Changes to Application Data” section of the Students & Parents NES page.

Awarding of 2023-24 Nursing Education Scholarships is anticipated to take place during the fall.

Colleges utilize the NESP system within the GAP Access portal to administer 2023-24 NES awards. The certification and payment processing functionalities are expected to be launched in phases later this year. Further details will be provided as they become available.