A new $2.9 million grant from the federal Health Resources and Service Administration for the 2015-16 academic year will support efforts at Case Western Reserve University’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing to build a corps of professional nurse educators.
Combined with support from the nursing school, $3.26 million will be available for loans through the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) for 111 continuing students and 56 new graduate students pursing advance-nursing degrees.
The funds are available for both full- and part-time Master of Nursing (MSN), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing students. The loans will cover up to $35,500 in annual tuition, plus fees, a textbook and allowance for doctoral students for up to five years.
After graduation, NFLP recipients who become nurse faculty at any accredited university in the United States will have up to 85 percent of their loans forgiven.
The nursing school has offered NFLP loans since 2004. Loans are available for eligible students who are permanent residents in the United States or its territories, enrolled in good standing in an advance education program, in good academic standing according to the school’s and with no judgments or liens for default on a federal debt.
This year’s award amount is among the highest the school has received, reflecting the quality of education students receive, said Jaclene Zauszniewski, the school’s director of the PhD in nursing program and lead faculty member on the NFLP grant.