All graduate nursing students committed to a career as nursing faculty or advanced practice preceptor post-graduation are eligible for Nurse Faculty Loan Program funding.

The program provides cancellation of up to 85% of the original student loans (plus interest thereon) for completion of up to four years of post-graduation full-time nurse faculty employment in the same position.

The types of qualifying employment considered to meet the criteria for loan cancellation follows:

  1. A full-time faculty member at an accredited school of nursing;
  2. A part-time faculty member at an accredited school of nursing in combination with another part-time faculty position or part-time clinical preceptor/educator position affiliated with an accredited school of nursing that together equates to full-time employment;
  3. *Designation of nurse faculty in a joint nurse faculty appointment, serving as full-time advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) preceptor (volunteer or paid position) for at least 30 hours monthly in an accredited school of nursing, within an academic-practice partnership framework.

The loan cancellation over the four-year period follows: 20% of the principal and interest may be canceled upon completion of each of the first, second and third years of full-time employment, totaling 60%, followed by the cancellation of 25% of the principal and interest upon completion of the fourth year of full-time nurse faculty employment.

Repayment on the remaining 15% of the loan balance is postponed during the cancellation period. NFLP loans accrue interest at a rate of 3% per annum, beginning 3 months after graduation (per PHS Act Section 846A (c)(6)(A)) for loan recipients who establish employment as nurse faculty.

*For joint nursing faculty appointment designation, recipients are encouraged to negotiate a contract/position with an accredited school of nursing prior to precepting students.

Application Requirements

To apply for the Nurse Faculty Loan Program, students must:
  • Be enrolled full-time or part-time in an advanced education nursing degree program
  • Agree to take three nurse educator courses in addition to an established program of study
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Meet citizenship requirements

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