Costs & Financial Aid

Financial Aid & Support


The School of Nursing awards more than $400,000 in scholarships each year to admitted undergraduate nursing students. Awards are based on both academic merit and financial need. Students are invited to apply to nursing specific scholarships, as well as campus-wide or non-nursing scholarships, through the Scholarships@UW–Madison system. There are several scholarships designated specifically for BSN@Home students.


Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for need-based scholarships, grants, or loans. The Office of Student Financial Aid assists students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and whose personal and family resources are insufficient to cover the costs of college. Awards through this office include loans (including Nursing Student Loans) that will need to be paid back, grants that do not need to be paid back, and work-study assistance that will make you more appealing to campus employers. The office also provides small short-term loans for emergency situations and financial counseling to help students manage their money. Students who are parents may apply for the Child Care Tuition Assistance Program (CCTAP).


Numerous organizations outside the School of Nursing offer scholarships to nursing students. Nursing associations, hospitals, ROTC (military recruiting), and the U.S. Department of Public Health are examples. Public libraries and high school guidance departments are likely sources of information about these options. The School of Nursing lists additional scholarship opportunities on the website for students. In addition, the National League for Nursing (NLN) has a scholarship resource page.

Employer-Based Tuition Reimbursement

Many Registered Nurses are eligible for employer-based tuition reimbursement while completing courses that apply toward the BSN degree. Check with your human resources coordinator to determine if you are eligible.

Scholarships and Research Awards

The School of Nursing awards many scholarships each year. Amounts vary according to the source of the award and student enrollment status (full-time or part-time). In spring, continuing and new students receive an invitation to apply for scholarships when the application is available online.


Most fellowships cover tuition and fees and provide a monthly stipend.

  • UW–Madison Advanced Opportunity Fellowships are awarded for qualified minority or economically disadvantaged non-minority students. To be considered, indicate your interest on your Graduate School application.
  • The Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship is given to a current School of Nursing PhD student who shows excellence and advanced progress in their area of research.
  • PhD students may compete for federal National Research Service Awards (NRSA) individual predoctoral fellowships.


Graduate students can apply to work as graduate assistants; assistantships include project (PA), teaching (TA), and research (RA) positions. Graduate assistants work on research projects or assist faculty in teaching selected undergraduate courses and receive a stipend. Assistants who have an appointment at 33.33% or greater for a Fall or Spring term have their tuition waived and can participate in the State of Wisconsin health insurance plans.

Read more about UW–Madison’s investment in graduate assistantships.

Nurse Faculty Loan Program for aspiring educators

Students pursuing careers in nursing education can borrow funds to cover tuition and other educational expenses from the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) through the Bureau of Health Workforce. After students graduate and are working as full time faculty, up to 85 percent of the NFLP loan is forgiven over the next four year period.

Other Resources

Scholarships and loans may also be found through the Graduate School and Office of Student Financial Aid. For additional information on financial aid, contact, the aid and funding service account.