The Catholic University of America

  Financial Aid Information for the School of Nursing

Undergraduate Financial Aid

Accepted students are automatically considered for scholarship opportunities. Information on scholarship and financial aid are available online from the Admissions Office.

Graduate Financial Aid

School of Nursing Scholarships. In addition to University based aid, the School of Nursing has limited funds via traineeships, school-based scholarships and special federal funding.  The availability varies from year to year.  

Applicants for any funding must complete a FAFSA and must reapply for funding annually.  The graduate application for School of Nursing scholarships and grants can be completed and sent online or printed, completed and sent to:

Graduate Scholarship Application
School of Nursing
Gowan Hall
The Catholic University of America
Washington, DC 20064

Only graduate students who have been accepted to the School of Nursing should use this form. Applications are due by February 15th, however since graduate admissions are accepted on a rolling basis, you may submit an application after this deadline subject to available funding.

Information on scholarship and financial aid are available online from the Admissions Office.

Nursing Faculty Loan Program (NFLP)

The SON receives funding from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) to fund graduate students who plan to become nursing faculty members upon graduation.  The NFLP is a federally funded loan program administered by the Bureau of Health Professions, HRSA. The purpose is to increase the number of qualified nursing faculty. The primary goals of the program are:
  • Recruitment of graduate nursing students to become nurse faculty
  • Financial support to students enrolled in nursing degree programs that include educator coursework, and
  • Retaining loan recipients as nurse faculty at accredited schools of nursing
The NFLP offers significant loan forgiveness to graduate students in nursing programs who:
  • undergo specified educational coursework relevant to the nurse faculty role, and
  • commit to work full-time as faculty in nursing programs upon graduation.


The NFLP guidelines specify that in making funding decisions, priority is granted to those who had received NFLP support in the previous academic year. The eligibility criteria for new applicants and continuing applicants are:
  1. A U.S. citizen or have permanent resident status. (A student who is in the United States on a student or visitor’s visa is not eligible for a NFLP loan)
  2. Maintain a minimum cumulative G.P.A of 3.00 in all attempted courses.
  3. Intend to maintain continuous enrollment for two consecutive terms during the academic year. (i.e. fall/spring, spring/summer)
  4. Enrollment at least half-time in MSN, DNP or PhD (Nursing) program
  5. Agreement to complete two 3-credit prescribed non-program specific educational courses while enrolled in the program.
  6. Have a completed appropriate year Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the Office of Student Financial Assistance.
  7. Recipients must not have any judgment liens entered against him/her based on the default of a Federal debt. By applying for this loan, you are giving Catholic University of America permission to check your records on Federal Student Aid's National Student Loan Data System and the General Service Administration's Excluded Party List websites.
  8. Have a commitment to assuming a full-time faculty position in a nursing program.
  1. You may only borrow up to the amount of tuition and mandatory fees for the year. The actual amount recipients may be authorized to receive will depend upon their other sources of funding. NFLP loans do not include stipend support (i.e., living expenses, student transportation cost, room/board, personal expenses).
  2. For PhD students, you must have prior participation in the NFLP to receive support during the dissertation phase
  3. You cannot use the NFLP to cover the same charges that are being covered by other federal grants (NRSA, Federal Nurse Traineeship, etc.).
  4. Loan recipients have a 9-month ‘grace’ period after graduation before loan payment begins.
  5. If you become a full-time faculty member, up to 85% of the NFLP loan may be cancelled (a cancellation of 20% per year for Years 1-3, and 25% for Year 4; 15% is postponed while you are employed and receive loan cancellation). You would pay an interest rate of 3% for the loan, and would have 10 years to repay.
  6. Repayment begins following a 9-month grace period

When the borrower ceases to be employed

When the borrower graduates and fails to establish employment as full-time nursing faculty

When the borrower ceases to be employed as full-time nurse faculty over the 4-year period

When the borrower fulfills the 4-year period as full-time nurse faculty

7.  If you do not become a full-time faculty member, you would repay the loan to the University over 10 years at the general market rate.

8.  The NFLP is not need-based.

9.  Service requirements/obligations incurred under another federal program for educational support must remain separate and distinct and cannot be combined.

Link to For application process and more information. For any additional information regarding the NFLP, please contact Dr. Petra Goodman at

DNP Students

The U. S. Air Force is looking to sponsor students that have been accepted into the DNP program. The Air Force will pay for all three years of tuition, books, even a laptop if necessary. In addition, they will cover other costs, e.g., related to implementation and analysis of your evidence-based practice project. 
Here's the best part! They will provide a stipend of $2,200.73/mo.! This will be deposited right into the student's checking or savings account on the 1st and the 15th. This a great opportunity for students to leave college debt-free and make a little bit of money each month to help off-set their costs while focusing on school. In addition to this, the students will be considered active duty for 45-days per year until they finish school and during that time will be making approx. $6,500. When completed with school, the student would come on to active duty as a Nurse Practitioner in the grade of O-3 (Captain) and have a guaranteed job for 4 years (minimum years for contract), working with the most cutting edge medical technology, all while serving in the world's greatest Air Force.

There is an age requirement - students need to be completed with their DNP program by age 39.

Please contact TSgt Steven A. Miranda, Air Force Health Professions Recruiter, 2011 Crystal Drive, STE 905, Arlington, VA, 22202 at C:240-499-5009 or O:740-271-1601X207 for further information.


D.C. Health Manpower Loan Repayment Program

The DC Health Professional Load Replayment Program (HPLRP) provides load repayment to eligible District providers practicing in the HPLRP-certified Service Obligation Sites for contract perious of two to four years.

Prospective Teaching Assistants

If you are a graduate nursing student enrolled in The Catholic University of America - School of Nursing (with a current DC RN license) and you are interested in applying for a Teaching Assistant position, please submit the following to the Graduate Office in the School of Nursing by emailing the required documents to  Teaching assistant positions will eligible for either a partial or full financial and / or a tuition assistance, if the candidate is awarded the position.

Each individual application for the upcoming semester must be submitted by the last day of classes in the current semester.

Required Documents:

*       Letter of Intent
*       Letter from CUA academic advisor (if current student at CUA)
*       Letter of recommendation from a professional colleague 
*       Resume
*       Unofficial Transcript(s) 

National Health Service Corps

Information on the National Health Service Corps is available online. See a presentation on NHSC Scholarship and Loan Repayment Program Presentation given at the 2nd Annual DC AHEC Scholars Summit, Washington DC on April 2, 2011