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Frequently Asked Questions

What you will need to complete your application

The 2021 Nurse Corps Scholarship Program Application will close at May 26, 2021 at 7:30 PM EDT.

It is a good idea to have a copy of the 2021 Nurse Corps Scholarship Program Application and Program Guidance (APG) available and all required documentation and forms prepared before you start your application so you are not trying to track down information at the last minute. It is recommended that you allow yourself at least three weeks to collect documents and complete the online application. Waiting to start your application on the day of the deadline may delay the processing of your application. You will need to have electronic copies of your essays and the following required supporting documents, all of which must be uploaded online.

  • Proof of Citizenship, U.S National, or Lawful Permanent
  • Authorization to Release Information
  • Verification of Acceptance/Enrollment Form
  • A copy of your Complete Official Student Aid Report
  • An official or unofficial transcript from your most recently completed undergraduate or graduate academic institution/program attended. If you are not currently or have not previously been enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate academic institution/program, you must include a transcript reflecting at least one full time academic term of undergraduate or graduate level coursework. Otherwise a complete high school transcript should be submitted.
  • CV/Resume
  • It is your responsibility to ensure your Academic and Personal Recommendation Letters have been submitted before the deadline.
  • A copy of the 2016-2017 Tuition and Fees schedule (or most recent available) for your school
  • Existing Service/Uniformed Service Member (If applicable)

If you are accepted into the Nurse Corps Scholarship Program, you will be required to work in a Critical Shortage Facility (CSF) as your service commitment. We strongly recommend you research the types of CSFs available and their locations, before applying to the program. You may go to the HPSA Find Tool to search for CSFs in Health Professional Areas (HPSAs). Please refer to the APG for a listing of eligible types of CSFs and for a description of Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). All participants will be expected to fulfill their service obligation in the discipline and funding preference for which they were awarded.

Technical and Login Assistance

1. Where can I get Nurse Corps Scholarship Program Online Application assistance?

For any assistance please contact the BHW Customer Care Center at 1-800-221-9393 (TTY for hearing impaired: 1-877-897-9910), Monday through Friday (except Federal holidays), 8:00 am to 8:00 pm ET or Contact Us.

Questions about the online application

1. Questions about the Assurances and Eligibility Section

For all questions pertaining to application eligibility, please refer to the 2021 Nurse Corps Scholarship Program Application and Program Guidance or contact the BHW Customer Care Center at 1-800-221-9393 (TTY for hearing impaired: 1-877-897-9910), Monday through Friday (except Federal holidays), 8:00 am to 8:00 pm ET or Contact Us.

2. Why am I not able to proceed with the application after completing the Assurances or Eligibility Section?

The questions in the Assurances and Eligibility Section determine eligibility to participate in the Nurse Corps Scholarship Program. If an individual does not pass the initial screening portion of the online application they will not be eligible to apply. Please refer to the 2021 Nurse Corps Scholarship Program Application and Program Guidance for eligibility constraints.

3. How can I update my contact information?

You can update your contact information on the General Information Section until the online application has been submitted. After submitting the online application, you will be able to make changes to your address, email and/or phone number on the Account Settings page.

4. Why is my Social Security Number (SSN) needed?

Your SSN is used to verify your identity and ensure that each applicant only completes one application. When your SSN is saved, it will be used to check if it is on record for a current or defaulted participant of any scholarship or loan repayment program within BHW. If your SSN is found to have an existing service obligation or have defaulted on a service obligation at BHW, you will not be able to proceed. The Nursing Corps Scholarship Program takes your privacy very seriously. Please include your social security number ONLY on the documents/forms specifically requesting this information. Please note your APPLICANT ID NUMBER which is given to you when you register for the online application. This number should be noted on all supporting documentation submitted.

5. What types of nursing degree programs are eligible to select on the online application?

Nurse Corps SP participants may be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited associate, collegiate (baccalaureate or graduate level), diploma school of nursing, or a bridge program leading to a RN to BSN, RN to NP, and Bachelor's (non-nursing) to NP. Nurse Practitioner Scholars may be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited Master's, Post Master's Certificate, Doctor of Nursing (DNP), or Ph.D. First preference for funding is given to students who are enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited undergraduate nursing program or nurse practitioner program as full-time students. See Section 801 of the Public Health Service Act for a full and complete definition of these terms.

The educational programs in the school of nursing must be accredited by a national nursing accrediting agency or state approval agency recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. Students enrolled in LPN programs, dual-degree programs, bridge programs that are not RN to BSN, RN to NP, and Bachelor's (non-nursing) to NP programs, and self-paced study programs are not eligible to apply. In addition, programs leading from RN, BSN, and NP to a non-nursing degree are not eligible.

For a complete list of accredited program please refer to the Department of Education Web site.

6. I do not see the school that I am enrolled in or have been accepted for enrollment.

Applicants must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment at an accredited nursing school. If you are unable to locate your school, you will be prompted to request a new school. Upon submission of your request, Nurse Corps will review and verify your school's accreditation. You will be notified by email with a decision about the accreditation eligibility of your school when the review is complete. The process to add a school may take up to 48 hours, (two business days) and you may continue to complete other sections of your application while your school information is being verified. You WILL NOT be able to submit your application until your accreditation has been verified.

7. What is the purpose of the Self Certification Section?

You are required to certify to the accuracy, truthfulness and completeness of your application and information you entered in the online application.

8. How can I upload my supporting documents?

All supporting documents must be uploaded via the online application. If you do not have an electronic form of this document you can scan it, save it, and upload it. Please note that the documents should be saved and uploaded individually into the specific field they address, and only one document is allowed per required section.

9. How do I know the status of my online application?

Log into the Online Application portal to track the status of your application on the Home page. Please be advised, that email notifications will be sent to you regarding any changes in your application status after submission. It is your responsibility to keep your contact information current and correct.

10. How will I be notified about application updates and awards?

Once an application is complete, any notifications regarding status and awarded applicants will be sent via email to your preferred email address. It is your responsibility to maintain current and accurate contact information. Information can be edited by logging into the Online Application portal and viewing Account Settings.

11. I need to change information on my submitted application

You can edit and resubmit your application up until the deadline.

12. Where can I print a copy of my submitted online application?

Log into the Online Application portal and navigate to the application home page. There will be a link that displays a read-only version of the online application that you submitted.

13. I am a Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. Am I able to apply to both the Nurse Corps and National Health Service Corps Scholarship Programs?

Yes you may, however, if you are accepted to both, you will need to decide to which program you will commit. Once the commitment is made, you will automatically be made ineligible for the other program. Before making a decision, you should review the benefits of each program.

14. Where do I upload my Letters of Recommendation?

You do not upload your Letters of Recommendation. When you arrive at this section of the application you are to enter in your recommenders name and e-mail address. You will not be able to proceed with your application until you provide this information. The recommender will be sent a link to access the Recommender Portal. Upon navigating to page through the link, they may upload a signed letter of recommendation with the student's Applicant ID #, into the portal. The application will not be complete until the letter of recommendation has been uploaded by the official. You WILL NOT be notified if the recommender does not complete the letter only if the recommender does.

15. May I select a different Recommender?

If the original recommender cannot provide a recommendation letter, you must cancel the original recommender's request and submit the name of the alternate official selected to complete the letter of recommendation. Once the letter has been uploaded into the portal, the application can be submitted for processing. The academic official's recommendation letter must contain the student's Applicant ID # generated when the applicant creates their account. SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS SHOULD NOT BE USED in any supporting documents including recommendations.