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Funding Your Ph.D.

Financial Aid Resources for Ph.D. in Nursing Students
The School of Nursing assists students with education expenses through University scholarships, graduate teaching and research assistantships, and participation in state and federal scholarship, loan, and grant programs. Eligibility requirements will depend on academic program, scholarly achievement, and demonstrated financial need.

General Graduate Program Scholarships 
School of Nursing Endowment scholarships are awarded twice a year, in both the fall and spring semesters. Applicants will have completed at least nine graduate credit hours and must be enrolled in at least five credit hours in the award semester. Scholarships may be awarded based on a variety of factors, including donor-directed criteria, merit or merit paired with financial need.

Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) 
The NFLP provides loans to students who are enrolled full-time or part-time in doctoral nursing programs and intend to seek faculty positions after graduation. The funds are used to cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, lab expenses and other reasonable education expenses. Recipients are required to complete four nursing education courses as part of their program of study. Students can have up to 85 percent of the loan forgiven if they serve as full-time nurse faculty for a consecutive 4-year period at a school of nursing following graduation.

Kansas Board of Regents Nurse Educator Service (NES)
The Kansas Nurse Educator Service loan program is for doctoral nursing students who intend to seek faculty positions in Kansas nursing education programs after graduation. The funds cover 70 percent of tuition, fees and books, with a percentage of the total loan amount forgiven for each year of nurse faculty employment. Applicants must be Kansas residents and may be enrolled full or part time.

Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholarship Program
The Jonas Scholars Program supports development of new nursing faculty by preparing nurses with research-focused doctoral degrees. Scholars are funded with support from the Jonas Center and matching support from the KU School of Nursing. Jonas Scholars receive $20,000, distributed over two years, for tuition and other academic costs. Applicants must be pursuing full time study and have approximately two years remaining in the Ph.D. program.

Zimmerman Ph.D. Nursing Student Scholarship
This 2-year scholarship is awarded to a Ph.D. nursing student pursuing full-time Ph.D. education. The award includes full-time tuition and fees remission, living expense stipend, and graduate teaching/research associate opportunities. The Zimmerman scholarship committee selects recipients based upon applicants' student-faculty research mentor match, personal statement, recommendation letters, and graduate GPA when applicable.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships
The School of Nursing hires a number of Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) for two types of positions: GTA - Clinical Learning Laboratory and GTA - Course Management. Students work 8-16 hours per week, and receive a percentage of tuition paid by KU and a stipend of $15 per hour. See the GTA Information section of the Nursing website for more information and the GTA online application.

Graduate Research Assistantships
Faculty researchers in the School of Nursing often require Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs) to help with projects. Duties can include literature review, library searches, data collection, data entry and other duties related to the research project. Faculty research projects are of varying length and may be grant funded. GRAs are paid an hourly stipend and may have tuition adjustments, depending on the project. Please contact the Office of Grants and Research at 913-588-1632 for information about available research assistant positions.

Other Financial Assistance
The KU Medical Center Student Financial Aid office is the central source of information for student loans and other types of federal financial assistance. Students should complete the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) each year in order to maximize eligibility for funding opportunities. Please see the Financial Aid Office website for a full overview of the graduate student financial aid process. 

Tuition rates - 2020-2021 Academic Year
Online: $665/credit hour = includes $421/hr base tuition + $144/hr nursing course fee + $100/hr E-Learning fee
On-campus, Kansas resident: $565/credit hour = includes $421/hr base tuition + $144/hr nursing course fee
On-campus, non-resident: $1,134/credit hour = includes $990/hr base tuition + $144/hr nursing course fee
Required student campus fees: $207 per semester (fall and spring)

Last modified: Apr 14, 2021