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Frequently Asked Questions

What you will need to complete your application

The 2021 National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program Application will close at May 11, 2021 at 7:30 PM EDT.

It is a good idea to have a copy of the 2021 NHSC SP 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. 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 or U.S National
  • Authorization to Release Information
  • Verification of Acceptance/Good Standing Report
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • It is your responsibility to ensure your Academic and Personal Recommendation Letters have been submitted before the deadline.
  • A copy of the 2021-2022 Tuition and Fees schedule (or most recent available) for your school
  • Existing Service/Uniformed Service Member (If applicable)
  • Verification of Disadvantaged Background (If applicable)
  • Verification of Exceptional Financial Need Status (If applicable)

Technical and Login Assistance

1. Where can I get Online Application assistance?

For any assistance please contact the Customer Care Center at 1-800-221-9393 (TTY for hearing impaired: 1-877-897-9910), Monday through Friday (except Federal holidays), 9:00 am to 5:30 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 NHSC SP Application and Program Guidance or contact the Customer Care Center at 1-800-221-9393 (TTY for hearing impaired: 1-877-897-9910), Monday through Friday (except Federal holidays), 9:00 am to 5:30 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 National Health Service 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 NHSC SP 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 that each applicant only fills out 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.

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

If you do not see your school, please select the “Other” value in the school drop down menu. The application will then provide you the ability to enter your school in a text field. Fill out the remaining fields completely and continue with the application. A member from the NHSC SP will contact you regarding the accreditation status of your school. While you will be able to proceed with the application, you will NOT be able to submit your application until your accreditation has been verified.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. I need to change information on my submitted application

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

10. 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.

11. Am I able to apply to both the National Health Service Corps and Nurse 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.

12. 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.

13. 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.