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Southern States That May Help Pay for your BSN or MSN

Higher Education Articles November 22, 2013

Some southern states pay BSN or MSN. These states may offer financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, loans or loan forgiveness. These programs enable you to further your education, progress in your career and increase your income, without increasing your debt load.

One Way to Start Your Search

The best way to begin a search for scholarships, grants and loans to help fund your education, is to apply for federal programs. You can do this quickly and easily by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. This process takes about 30-60 minutes, and you will need your most recent tax returns to complete the application. You will have a free Student Aid Report within a few days, telling you what financial aid you qualify for.

Multiple States – Florida, Mississippi and Texas

•Sponsor: Promise of Nursing Faculty Fellowship Program

•Award: Scholarship and/or Loan Forgiveness

•This program offers assistance to RNs who are enrolled in a Master’s Level program, working toward a degree and career as a nurse educator. Awards are between $1,000 and $7,500 and can be used to pay for tuition, books and academic fees. Application deadline: March 13


•Sponsor: Arkansas Association of Nurse Anesthetists, Johnnie Rosell Nurse Anesthesia Education Grant

•Award: Grant

•This program offers support to an Arkansas resident who is completing his/her final year of education in the nurse anesthesia field, and plans to practice their trade in the State of Arkansas after graduation. Awards are $500 and can be used to pay for tuition, books and academic fees. Application deadline: March 1.

•Sponsor: Arkansas Association of Nurse Anesthetists Scholarship Program

•Award: Scholarship

•This program offers assistance to Arkansas residents, in the form of over 30 scholarships. Awards range between $1,000 and $2,500 and can be used to pay for tuition, books and academic fees. Application deadline: April 15.


•Sponsor: Florida Department of Education Nursing Student Loan Forgiveness Program

•Award: Loan Repayment

•This program offers student loan repayments for licensed LPNs, RNs and ARNPs in the State of Florida who have incurred nursing education loans and work at designated sites in the State of Florida. Repayment amounts are up to $4,000 per year for a maximum of four years. Application deadlines: March 1, June 1, September 1, December 1.


•Sponsor: Kentucky Board of Nursing, Nursing Incentive Scholarship Fund

•Award: Scholarship

•This program offers scholarships for residents of Kentucky, who have been admitted to a nursing program and are completing core nursing classes. Each recipient must complete at least 15 credit hours per academic year, and may receive up to $3,000 per academic year in scholarships from the program. Application deadline: June 1


•Sponsor: Mississippi Rise Up! Nursing Education Loan/Scholarship for BSN (NELB)

•Award: Loan

•This program provides loans to students attending an eligible accredited school of nursing in the State of Mississippi. Students must be pursuing a BSN and must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA. Loan amounts are up to $4,000 per academic year, for up to two academic years. Loans may be repaid in cash, or by spending one full year teaching at an eligible accredited school of nursing in the State of Mississippi upon graduation. Application deadline: March 31


•Sponsor: Virginia State Loan Repayment Program

•Award: Loan Repayment

•This program offers financial assistance for the repayment of qualified medical education loans for eligible primary care disciplines and specialties. Recipients must be employed for a minimum of two years in a federally designated Health Professional Shortage Area in Virginia, and are eligible for up to two years of loan repayment. Application deadline: None.


•Sponsor: Missouri Nurses Foundation Scholarship Program

•Award: Scholarship

•This program offers scholarships for Missouri residents enrolled in a state approved and nationally accredited school of nursing, in a program that will lead to a bachelor’s degree in a nursing discipline. Each year, five applicants are awarded $500 each toward books, tuition and other expenses. Application deadline: March 18.

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In 2018, workers with a bachelor's degree or higher had almost twice as much
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*Bureau of Labor Statistics

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