Out here in Cali, financial aid is based on need, not on the classes you take. I am assuming that since the FAFSA is federal, it is the same in every state. You fill out a FAFSA, and based on your income, if you are dependent or independent of your parents, age, you are awarded loans and/or grants. It has nothing to do with the classes you are taking.
Also, we have a BOG fee waiver here- if you are 24 or older and/or have financial need, the tuition fee is waived.
Maybe she was talking about grants or scholarships
specific to the nursing students?