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GCU nursing scholarships for BSN students

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Do any current GCU students have insight on the scholarships provided for nursing students? I have a few questions. First, is it different from the scholarships provided to regular undergrad students? I noticed online that the regular scholarships for transfers had the highest scholarship being for those with over a 3.5 GPA and was around $6,500 per year. However, the scholarship information provided in the nursing packet I received said $3,500 per SEMESTER for GPAs over 3.7. But I could not find anything about it on their website. I also noticed that this year the regular transfer students have a significantly lower scholarship by $1,000 dollars than last year. But I could not find any info on a nursing school scholarship decrease. Lastly, if I apply for the summer, will I receive scholarship money for the summer term? Thanks everyone so much in advance!

Don't know how it works now, you should call an advisor for specifics. I graduated in April, and I received 3500 per semester all the way through including during the summer. That was a 5 semester curriculum. It's now 4. I carried a 3.8.

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I just finished block 1 at GCU. I have a current scholarship of 3500.00 off per semester (7000.00 a year) for having come into the program with a GPA over 3.7. My understanding is that the scholarship will be the same for the second year if I maintain a GPA over 3.5 during the program. As far as how summer semester works, I am still not totally sure as I won't be experiencing that until this next summer.

I just finished block 1 at GCU. I have a current scholarship of 3500.00 off per semester (7000.00 a year) for having come into the program with a GPA over 3.7. My understanding is that the scholarship will be the same for the second year if I maintain a GPA over 3.5 during the program. As far as how summer semester works, I am still not totally sure as I won't be experiencing that until this next summer.

@desertlady, its great to hear from someone currently in the program! So what is the ballpark cost of your total tuition for the program? I heard that when I start the program in May, the scholarship will drop by $2,000 for the highest scholarship that you currently have making it $5,000, which is really disappointing.

That's too bad that it will drop. :( My total tuition for the program will be around 28,000.00 after the scholarship is taken into account. Without the scholarship, a good ballpark guess is around 40,000.00.

That's too bad that it will drop. :( My total tuition for the program will be around 28,000.00 after the scholarship is taken into account. Without the scholarship, a good ballpark guess is around 40,000.00.

Is this a scholarship from the school after you apply through FAFSA?

@desertlady, its great to hear from someone currently in the program! So what is the ballpark cost of your total tuition for the program? I heard that when I start the program in May, the scholarship will drop by $2,000 for the highest scholarship that you currently have making it $5,000, which is really disappointing.

Is this a scholarship from the school after you apply through FAFSA? Or something you applied for elsewhere? I am needing to save some money!

Do any current GCU students have insight on the scholarships provided for nursing students? I have a few questions. First, is it different from the scholarships provided to regular undergrad students? I noticed online that the regular scholarships for transfers had the highest scholarship being for those with over a 3.5 GPA and was around $6,500 per year. However, the scholarship information provided in the nursing packet I received said $3,500 per SEMESTER for GPAs over 3.7. But I could not find anything about it on their website. I also noticed that this year the regular transfer students have a significantly lower scholarship by $1,000 dollars than last year. But I could not find any info on a nursing school scholarship decrease. Lastly, if I apply for the summer, will I receive scholarship money for the summer term? Thanks everyone so much in advance!

Is this a scholarship from the school after you apply through FAFSA? Or something you applied for elsewhere? I am needing to save some money!

Is this a scholarship from the school after you apply through FAFSA? Or something you applied for elsewhere? I am needing to save some money!

It is automatically issued through the school based on GPA. If you visit the GCU website, it will explain it very thoroughly.

It is automatically issued through the school based on GPA. If you visit the GCU website, it will explain it very thoroughly.

I am assuming you attend on-campus then. Thanks for the info.

It is an institutional award for those in the fast-track or regular track BSN programs (those at GCU main campus, Banner Boswell, St. Joe's, AT Still, Scottsdale Healthcare, Tuscon, or Albuquerque). So you would get the scholarship automatically depending on your GPA. If you are considering a different program (RN-BSN, MSN, DNP, etc.), I am not sure about the scholarships available. You should contact the school to get information in that case.

My daughter planning to go GCU for BSN. I'm so scared of loan that we will get after 4 years of school. Her GPA is not that high so not much of scholarship and based on our income we do not qualify for any financial aid. Don't know what do to? She will also live on campus so it's even more

@sacstate, GCU is currently going through a lot of changes. They actually completely cancelled the summer program and let us know only a month before, leaving a lot of us without a plan B because we had already chosen GCU. I know they are trying to make it more competitive as they have plans of potentially closing all their satellite campuses come next spring. They will only have spots on the main campus. I am really not sure how this will affect the future of the school and the nursing program. They don't even know what changes they are implementing yet. But if your daughter is planning on going all 4 years, she will get priority over transfers who may have higher GPAs and test scores. I think that is the direction GCU is going. But really there are so many unanswered questions with GCU right now that it is impossible to tell anything at this point. In terms of basic tuition, it goes up every year with inflation. But the way that the current scholarships at GCU work, you can get in-house scholarships due to your GPA at GCU. So if your daughter goes in, even with a low GPA, and earns a high GPA her first semeste, she will be eligible for scholarships. But she also has to maintain a certain GPA to maintain them. If she works really hard, I think she could do this.

Thank you very much for your reply. She visited the school and liked it a lot. Now it's up to us to decide. I know she would have a priority over transfer students which makes it appealing more:)

I don't really like that school is going throught lots of changes but I think it's due to be fairly new and really fast expanding school. That's great that having a high GPA would help with scholarships. I've never visited the school but seeing their add on TV every night scares me a little. Good school doesn't need advertisement. What do you think about that?

Hi again,

So GCU has raised the requirements for their current students to be able to get into the nursing school. Your daughter will need a 3.25 pre-req GPA and 80s in all the sections of the HESI. GCU had a 3.0 requirement before and no HESI requirement. A 3.25 may seem low, but when taking very difficult science courses, many find maintaining high GPAs very difficult. Make sure your daughter is ready to work very hard and understands how much work and money goes into becoming a nurse! I know of a lot of girls who have closer to a 3.0 GPA and will not be able to get in for the Spring. They will have to retake classes, which means paying extra money!

As far as the commercials are concerned, GCU is a for profit school so they really want to get students into their programs so that they can make money obviously. However, they make the most money from their less marketable majors, like Spots management, communications, business admin, etc. and their solely online majors. Nursing is really where GCU strives, and they know that. They put a lot of money into it and it helps their image. with that being said, I would go to GCU for nursing in a heartbeat, but if I was looking for a business administration degree, there are far better schools for that! So if your daughter wants to become a nurse, go for it! GCU is an excellent and highly sought after nursing school.

Thank you for your recommendation. So far, I only found good things about GCU nursing!