In addition to the Nurse Education Loan Repayment Program, Dont forget to keep an eye on the Nurse Reinvestment Act law & apply as soon as soon as it is implemented:
<Nurse Reinvestment Act (NRA) - signed into law August 1, 2002 - If you are a practicing RN at an eligible health care facility, you may be able to be reimbursed up to 85% for any unpaid student loans under the Nurse Education Loan Repayment Program.
For student nurses, the NRA has broadened the loan repayment program and added scholarships for students already accepted into nursing schools. In order to qualify for these funds, nursing students must commit to working for at least two years in health care facilities deemed to have a critical shortage of nurses.>
for more info on the Nurse Reinvestment Act, see The American Journal of Nursing article in the Dec 2002 issue:
"What Could the Nurse Reinvestment Act Mean to You"
Also, check with your state nurses association. Thanks to the hard work & political activity of a lot of pro-active RNs, many states now have legislation to compliment these federal laws.
Legislation passed in 2001 to help fund nursing students:
Illinois legislation amends the Nursing Education Scholarship Law. Rhode Island legislation allows interest on student loans to be forgiven. Texas law makes grants to nursing programs
to increase enrollment, so check with the school on that. Oregon legislation repays student loans for nurses practicing in nursing shortage areas. Two bills were passed in Nebraska - The first provides eligible students with a loan forgiveness program after
practicing nursing for an agreed upon period. The second bill provides loan repayment to nurses who agree
to practice in a shortage area (so a student takes out loans while in school & the state later forgives the loan or pays them back for her). Legislation passed in Virginia provides scholarships and loan repayment programs for nurses. In 2002, CA, CT, ME, MN, NV, NJ, NM, NY, and PA were also working on state laws to help nursing students go to school.
And dont forget the online scholarship search engines like www.FASTweb.com
Nursing scholarships come up under nursing, medical, science, and health-related fields. Some scholarships are open to students in any health-related major so dont limit yourself by searching only for nursing scholarships. There are even some for adults returning to college. Just use the search buttons and profiles for what youre looking for.