JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

Nursing Education Scholarship Program Application Procedures

Applicants may access the Nursing Education Scholarship Program (NESP) application 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.

The NESP application period each year starts on March 1 and continues through April 30. To be considered for the 2023-24 academic year, the NESP Application/Grant Agreement/Promissory Note 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:

  • The applicant will immediately receive an e-mail confirming that their application was received at ISAC. Application processing time may be up to 4 weeks.
  • If the application is incomplete, the applicant will receive 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 will need to provide the information to ISAC as outlined in the “Changes to Application Data” section of the Students & Parents NESP page.

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