That was a requirement for last year (the banking info) and they did not update the website. Nor did they update the date of notification on the nsp website, but it is correct on the HRSA page. I called before sending in my app and all 4 diff people I spoke to said "do not send banking info" it also said not to send it in the application packet.
I called today to check on the credit report requirements- nervous about stuff from 20 years ago but she said it was fine. Again asked her about the date of notification and she said end of July. She said they are not given a count of how many have applied, they are just there to answer questions about the scholarship and they can't see where we stand in the processing of applications nor how many people have applied. So I would ignore the "thousands" it is highly doubtful, especially seeing that we had to jump through hoops this year and in previous years it was a very simple process.