Financial Aid

The Financial Aid program is intended to assist students in paying for the costs of college. Financial aid consists of scholarships, loans, grants, scholarship-loans, research assistantships, health-related organizational financial support, and part-time employment, or a combination of the above. Students should begin the process of applying for financial aid at the Financial Aid Office, where the necessary financial aid forms may be obtained and completed.

There are two kinds of scholarships offered through UNCG: general scholarships available through the University as a whole, and departmental scholarships available through the School of Nursing. Both types of scholarships are outlined in The UNCG Financial Aid Directory, published by the Financial Aid Office. Contact the Financial Aid Office for additional information on University scholarships. School of Nursing scholarships are awarded through the department and require an application. Most of the School of Nursing scholarships are for students in the undergraduate program, but some money is available for MSN and doctoral students. Applications become available through the School of Nursing early in the spring semester; the deadline to return completed applications is March 1 each year. Most are awarded primarily on the basis of grade point average (GPA), but some are need based. Students with a GPA >3.0 should apply. Look for signs to be posted on the bulletin boards in the School of Nursing announcing the availability of School of Nursing scholarship applications.

This summary is not exhaustive. Students should work closely with the Financial Aid Office. Additional information on available funds may also be obtained through your local library.

Financial Aid Office UNCG
PO Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 26170

Scholarships & Financial Aid Resources


Other resources that may be available:

Hospital-based Scholarship Loans

Students are awarded a scholarship-loan, which may be repeated as long as the GPA meets minimum criteria, in return for promising to work at the hospital after graduation. The application process, deadline, amount of award, minimum GPA etc., are determined by each hospital. Contact Triad area hospitals or hospitals in your hometown. Many hospitals do not award students working on advanced nursing degrees, but prefer to focus on initial nursing preparation; however, there is nothing to lose by asking.

Jonas Scholars at the University of North Carolina Greensboro

The Jonas Scholars at the University of North Carolina Greensboro is made possible by a grant from the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare. To read more about the recipients please click here:

The North Carolina League for Nursing Academic Scholarship Program

Scholarships available for graduate study in nursing. Requires application, verification of enrollment, transcripts, etc. Contact: Nursing Academic Scholarship Fund Foundation for the Carolinas, 217 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202. Phone: 704-973-4500, Fax: 704-973-4599.

Nurses Educational Funds, Inc.

The Nurse’s Educational Funds, Inc. (NEF) purpose is to provide scholarship assistance to nurses seeking graduate (Masters or Doctoral) degrees. NEF is the largest, single, private, source of funds available for advanced study in nursing. To learn more about or apply to NEF, please visit: NEF

The Great 100 Scholarship Program

The Great 100 Scholarship Program was established by the Great 100, Inc. in 1989 for North Carolina residents to obtain or further their education in nursing. Scholarships are available for all levels of study. Contact: Great 100 Scholarship Program, NC Foundation for Nursing, PO Box 4875, Greensboro, NC 27404-4875.

Funding from Community Organizations

Many community organizations provide scholarships or loans with low interest to qualifying individuals, members, or children of members. You must contact these groups and ask individually. Examples include your church, civic groups, social and fraternal organizations, hospitals and medical auxiliaries, and some large corporations. Contact your local public library and Chamber of Commerce for suggestions and information.

Financial Aid for Minority Students

Minority students have long encountered hurdles to attending college. And while enrollment rates are on the rise, minority students still often face an uphill battle covering tuition and associated fees. That is why scholarships and other financial assistance are vitally important in helping minority students achieve their college and career dreams. This guide aims to make the process of finding and securing this aid a little easier, from its detailed scholarship list to invaluable advice from a financial aid expert.

Student Loans

Several kinds of student loans are available. Start with the Financial Aid Office. Also contact College Foundation Inc. at 1-866-866-CFNC.

Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities

College can be expensive for anyone, but it can be especially costly for those with disabilities. Some classroom accommodations are paid for out-of-pocket, medical bills tend to be much higher, and even transportation costs can be greater than what a typical student would have to pay to get to and from class. These are just a few of the reasons why it’s so important for students with disabilities to have ample funding options available to them. This guide focuses on those options, with the goal of helping students with disabilities find the resources they need to pay for and succeed in college. Please click link to view: Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities

Funding from Professional Nursing Associations

Professional nursing associations may have funds. Contact each organization individually to learn about requirements.

Scholarships for Hispanic Students

For the first time in our country’s history, the majority of U.S. high school students headed to college are Hispanic. Latinos now represent about 17 percent of all college students, up from 11 percent in 2006, and according to the Pew Hispanic Center, more females than males are earning degrees.
This shift in demographics presents a few unique challenges for students. Finding ways to make college affordable, such as finding scholarships and other educational resources is often a deciding factor in pursuing a degree. From tuition costs and room and board to lab fees and textbook costs, calculating the total cost of college is quite an undertaking for any student, regardless of ethnicity. Here, we address these concerns and guide students to solutions to finding the most affordable college options possible. Click here to review the resources:College Resources & Financial Aid for Hispanic Students

PhD Assistantships

PhD students may consider assistantships, which have concomitant teaching or research responsibilities.

Financial Aid and Scholarships for Nursing Students

Like all college programs, nursing school costs money. Tuition, books, supplies and housing can add up quickly. It may seem like an uphill climb, and a steep one at that, but numerous sources of aid exist to help nursing students reduce costs on the front end and avoid mounds of debt after graduation: scholarships, grants, loan forgiveness and even the Yellow Ribbon Program. The following guide breaks down each of these school financing options, offers more than 100 scholarship listings for nursing students, and includes key advice from two experts in nursing school aid and admissions. Please click link to view: Financial Aid and Scholarships for Nursing Students

The Gwendolyn J. Andrews Nursing Scholarship Program

The Gwendolyn J. Andrews Nursing Scholarship Program provides scholarships to employees of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center who are pursuing a career in nursing. Scholarships are available for both undergraduate and graduate study. Contact Education and Support Services, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Medical Center Blvd., Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1180; 336-716-3434. Deadline: March 1.

Financial Aid for Graduate School

Prospective graduate students often feel overwhelmed by the process of applying to graduate school, and finding ways to lessen the financial burden can be stressful, leaving many opting to fund their program with tens of thousands of dollars in student loans . This comprehensive resource center highlights a multitude of financial aid opportunities available to graduate students. Explore multiple guides to learn about various funding opportunities including ideas for crowdfunding and frugal living, expert insight on crafting a strong essay, hundreds of scholarships, and tips for completing a degree on a budget. Click here to review the resources:Financial Aid for Graduate School

The Eunice M. Smith Scholarships

The Eunice M. Smith Scholarships are awarded by the North Carolina Foundation for Nursing, 103 Enterprise St., Raleigh, NC 27607-7325; (800) 729- 1975. Applicants must be part-time graduate nursing students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Financial Aid for Online Students

Not long ago, Congress required a school to conduct more than 50 percent of its teaching in a classroom setting in order to qualify as federal financial aid distributors. This tactic prevented so-called “diploma mills” from qualifying for federal aid, yet negatively impacted many students who were pursuing a degree through legitimate online programs. Many of these students were working adults, rural residents or military personnel who benefited from the flexibility of distance learning, but needed help paying for a college education. In February 2006, the requirement was lifted, making federal aid available to eligible students who wanted to attend an online college. Also, many institutions started offering financial aid packages to students, some in the form of loans and others via a combination of loans, scholarships and other higher educational funds.Please click link to view Financial Aid for Online Colleges

Financial Aid for Women

Between the 2011-2012 and 2016-2017 academic years, the cost of college rose significantly. Among public universities, tuition and fees rose by 9 percent and 11 percent for two-year and four-year institutions, respectively. Private colleges and universities increased their costs by 13 percent. College is expensive, and most students need help to avoid significant student debt. Prospective and current women students wanting to understand their options when it comes to scholarships, grants, fellowships and loans will find much to assist them in this guide, while our expert interview with a financial aid professional provides insight into funding sources designed specifically for women. Please click link to view: Financial Aid for Women

The Winston-Salem Foundation

The Winston-Salem Foundation administers two health education loan funds for NC residents: The Virginia Elizabeth and Alma Vane Taylor Fund, and the Oliver Joel and Ellen Pelf Denny Fund. Loans are awarded to undergraduates with financial need; some money may be available for graduate students. Contact the Winston-Salem Foundation, 310 West Fourth St., Suite 229, Winston-Salem, NC 27101-2889; 336-725-2382 or toll free at 866-227-1209. Click the link to view: The Winston Salem Foundation

The Eight and Forty Lung and Respiratory Disease Nursing Scholarship Fund

The Eight and Forty Lung and Respiratory Disease Nursing Scholarship Fund, administered by the American Legion, provides scholarships up to $2500 for one year. The scholarship was established to assist RNs to secure advanced preparation for positions in supervision, administration or teaching; their after-school employment must have a direct relationship to lung and respiratory disease. Contact: American Legion Education Program, PO Box 1055, Indianapolis, IN 46206. Deadline: May 15 and awards announced July 1.

Community Funding for Nurse Anesthetists

Nurse anesthetists may wish to contact hospitals or anesthesiology groups in communities where they would be willing to work following completion of the doctoral program. There may be funds available if the nurse anesthetist is willing to make a commitment to work in the community after graduation.

AACN (American Association of Colleges of Nursing)

Established in April 2003, this scholarship program supports students who are seeking a baccalaureate, master’s or doctoral degree in nursing. Application can be downloaded from website; applications must be submitted by email.

Scholarships for Nursing Students

There are many nursing scholarships available, some of which are tailored to students’ personal experiences and interests. Religious organizations, small businesses, large corporations, and public and private organizations all offer aid that can assist with tuition, books, residency or other education-related needs. The following scholarships are applicable to nursing students and those going into caregiving.Please click link to view Scholarships for Nursing Students

Scholarships for Veterans

In 2014, more than 800,000 veterans used their Post 9/11 GI Bill to further their post-secondary educations, which is a 67 percent increase from 2009. The rapid rise in enrollment is evidence in the value service members place on education. For many, it’s the single best way to increase the post-military quality of life. Sometimes, however, GI Benefits aren’t enough to fully cover the cost a degree. Depending on the amount of shortfall, it can strain a family’s budget to pay the difference. This guide delves deeply into the financial aid programs available to veterans, spouses and dependents. We’ve included information on the GI Bill, scholarships and grants, along with some important programs you may not know about. You’ll also find links to financial aid sources for veterans, dependents and students in general..Please click link to view Scholarships for Veterans