Who Should Apply
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) administers the Nursing Education Scholarship Program (NESP) to provide scholarship assistance to those 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. The scholarship pays for coursework within the nursing curriculum, but does not pay for pre-requisite coursework. The number of years for which you may receive funding from this program is based on the certificate, diploma, or degree being pursued.
|Certificate, Diploma, or Degree Pursued:||Maximum Years of Scholarship Assistance:|
|Certificate in Practical Nursing||One Academic Year|
|Associate Degree in Nursing||Two Academic Years|
|Hospital-Based Diploma in Nursing||Three Academic Years|
|Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing||Four Academic Years|
|Graduate Degree in Nursing||Five Academic Years|
|Graduate Degree in Nursing to become a Nurse Educator||Three Academic Years|
Full-time students may receive a stipend (part-time students are not eligible for a stipend).
To receive this scholarship, you must agree to 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 you terminate studies or fail to become employed, the scholarship converts to a loan, and you must repay the entire amount, plus interest.
Read all the information provided with the online application to learn about this program’s application process, including the deadline date and eligibility requirements.