Financial Aid & Scholarships
Financial aid is offered by UMSON; the University of Maryland (UM); and external agencies. There are a wide variety of financial resources to assist you in achieving your educational goals and expenses. You may be eligible for both merit and need-based financial aid. Information regarding specific funding sources is listed below.
- Financial Aid for Graduate Students
- UM Financial Aid Office
- Tuition and Fees
- Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarship
- Maryland Higher Education Commission WebSite
Employment opportunities for students are often available within UMSON. Contact the Office of Student and Academic Services for more information.
Clinical Scholars Program
The Clinical Scholars Program is offered in conjunction with area health care facilities. Qualified BSN and CNL students are given the opportunity to complete their emphasis practicum under the guidance of a clinical preceptor, receive tuition support for their final year and, upon graduation, work for one to three years in the supporting health care institution. Students who have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and who are enrolled in their final practicum course are notified of their eligibility just prior to the beginning of their final semester of study.
All students are considered for merit scholarships at the time of acceptance into a degree program. The Scholarship Committee uses the admission application and accompanying material to determine eligibility. There is no additional application to complete. These highly competitive merit scholarships are for full-time enrollment only and are renewable for three semesters after the initial award as long as the requisite academic progress is maintained.
Federal Scholarship Programs
Funds are available through the federal government in the form of grants, low-interest loans, and work-study. The UM Office of Financial Aid processes applications for federal financial aid. To apply for federal funds, complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The federal code for the UMSON is 002104. The Student Guide (Financial Aid from the U.S. Department of Education) is available online at http://studentaid.ed.gov. Information on nursing loan repayment is available toll-free at 866-813-3753 or at http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/grants/scholarshipsloans/index.html. Information on National Health Service Corps scholarships and loan repayments are available at http://nhsc.hrsa.gov.
State of Maryland Scholarship Programs
Scholarship and grant money is available through the state of Maryland. Funds are both merit and need-based. To apply, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and list the UMSON (federal code 002104). Out-of-state residents can apply for tuition assistance to reduce tuition from out-of-state rates to in-state rates for a significant saving. This program has a Maryland, post-graduate service requirement. If you are interested in this program or any of the other state of Maryland programs, visit the Maryland Higher Education Commission on the Web, or call 800-974-1024 or 410-260-4565.
International Student Scholarships
International students are eligible for UMSON merit scholarships (federal and state of Maryland financial resources are available to U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens only). The following websites provide information for international students studying in the U.S.: http://edupass.org or http://iie.org. Also visit the UM Office of Financial Aid for more information on financial aid for international students attending the UMSON.
Scholarship Search Programs
Scholarship information is available through scholarship databases, scholarship organizations and service organizations. Databases that can be accessed through the Web are: Fast Web, College Quest, Science Wise, Finaid.org, Petersons, Minority Nurse, Sallie Mae, NSNA, AACN, BPHC, Nursing World, College Funds, ; Nursing Society, CentralSB, Medi-Smart, and Discover Nursing. You should also check with service organizations, local community funding agencies, medical nursing, and hospital associations, and foundations.
Be cautious when searching for information on student financial assistance. Make sure information and offers are legitimate. The College Scholarship Fraud Prevention Act enhances protection against student financial and fraud. For more information, visit http://ftc.gov/scholarshipscams. The Federal Trade Commission cautions students to beware of entities that make the following claims:
- The scholarship is guaranteed or your money back
- You can't get this information anywhere else
- You must provide your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship
- The scholarship will cost some money
- You've been selected by a national foundation to receive a scholarship
- You're a finalist in a contest you never entered