If you are seeking a college education in Nursing, there is not better time than now! There is money available for tuition, books, housing, etc., through Federal & State Financial Aid, Private Funding, or Educational Institution Funding.
Federal & State Financial Aid
The U.S. Department of Education Financial Aid offers several opportunities to help fund your education. Begin your search for Federal Student Aid by visiting http://studentaid.ed.gov
Pell Grants unlike loans, do not have to be repaid. Generally, Pell Grants are awarded only to undergraduate students who have not already earned a bachelor's or professional degree:
Stafford Loans are subsidized loans awarded on the basis of financial need. You will not be charged any interest before you begin repayment or during authorized periods of deferment). The federal government "subsidizes" the interest during these periods. An unsubsidized loan is not awarded on the basis of need. You'll be charged interest from the time the loan is disbursed until it is paid in full.
Tennessee Graduate Nursing Loan Forgiveness Program supports the attainment of Masters and Doctoral degrees in nursing.
Tennessee Rural Health Loan Forgiveness Program support the attainment of Doctoral degrees in Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, Dentistry, or students looking to attahin accredidation as a Physicians Assistant, or Nurse Practitioner in Rural Areas.
Tennessee Hope Scholarship is the state lottery scholarship that awards entering freshmen that meet specific criteria to attend either a 4-year institution or a 2-year institutuion.
Other Tennessee Scholarship and Grant information can be found at the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation
Local and state civic organizations as well as businesses often have scholarship monies available for nursing students. Contact your area Lion's Club, Civitan Club, Rotary Club, and DAR (to name a few) for local and state scholarship opportunities. Businesses such as Target, WalMart, Wendy's and McDonald's (among others) may also have limited scholarship resources for education.
Many healthcare organizations also offer scholarship/grant opportunities to individuals who are pursuing nursing education. Be sure and check with local healthcare facilities to determine what opportunities may exist in your community.
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AAMN) offers a student scholarship to individuals in accredeited CRNA programs.
The American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN) provides a variety of educational scholarships.
The Johnson and Johnson Discover Nursing website has a Nursing Scholarship search tool that provides information about many competitive nursing scholarships.
Educational Institution Funding
Each college or university has a variety of funding resources available to students. Be sure and explore the financial aid links for any school that you may be considering to determine what specific scholarships, grants, and/or loans are available and how to apply for financial assistance!