Scholarships & Financial Assistance

The M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing offers several scholarship opportunities for interested PhD candidates and current students. Additonally, the Nurse Faculty Loan program and outside financial assitance programs also exist to help support your academic goals.

Nurse Faculty Loan Program

Nurse Faculty Loan Program Details

The federal Nurse Faculty Loan Program requires completion of a simple application. Don’t miss this opportunity!

  • Provides support for students in the MSN Nursing Education track and the PhD program.
  • Citizens of the United States are eligible.
  • Full-time and part-time students pursuing coursework in nursing education leading to a master’s or doctoral degree in nursing can borrow money to cover tuition, fees, books and supplies.
  • Borrow up to $35,000 per year for a maximum of five years. 
  • If upon graduation the student works full-time as a nursing faculty member in an accredited school of nursing (RN or higher) in the US or its territories, beginning within 12 months of completion of the degree, for up to four years, up to 85% of the total NFLP loan balance is forgiven, and the remainder can be paid within 10 years of graduation at an interest rate of 3%.  For each of the first three years, 20% is forgiven, and for the fourth year, 25% is forgiven. 
  • Repayment is deferred as long as the student is employed as a full-time faculty member for the first four years after degree completion.
  • If the student ceases studies or does not become employed as a nursing school faculty member within 12 months of degree completion, then the balance of the loan is paid over 10 years at the market interest rate.
  • Information will be provided to students upon acceptance.

Dr. Mary Ann Cantrell
mary.ann.cantrell@villanova.edu
610.519.6829           

 


Scholarships

The Dr. Abigail Adams Silvers Endowed Nursing Scholarship

The Dr. Abigail Adams Silvers Endowed Nursing Scholarship provides financial support to a student with demonstrated financial need enrolled in a doctoral level program in the Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, with preference given to a student who indicates intent to focus his/her project in the field of oncology. The award will not replace any other grant or scholarship for which the recipient is eligible, but may be used to reduce or eliminate any loans. The scholarship amount will be determined by the number of qualified candidates. A completed and processed FAFSA by the Villanova University Office for Financial Assistance is required.

Independence Blue Cross Foundation Nurses for Tomorrow Doctoral Scholarship Program

The student applicant must be enrolled full time or part time in credit bearing courses, in good academic standing (3.2 or above) at the time of the scholarship application and be a permanent resident in one of the following 11 counties: Delaware: New Castle, New Jersey: Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Mercer and Salem Counties; Pennsylvania: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties. The scholarship amount varies.

Eileen A. Dowrick and Joseph Cassidy Doctoral Nursing Scholarship

This $10,000 scholarship is available to PhD students who are in their final 22 credits of coursework who have demonstrated need. A completed and processed FAFSA by the Financial Aid Office of Villanova University is required.

Donna DiPalma Cassidy Doctoral Nursing Scholarship

This $10,000 scholarship is available to PhD students who are in their final 22 credits of coursework who have demonstrated need. A completed and processed FAFSA by the Financial Aid Office of Villanova University is required.

Thiemann Doctoral Nursing Scholarship

This $10,000 scholarship is available to PhD students who are in their final 22 credits of coursework who have demonstrated need. A completed and processed FAFSA by the Financial Aid Office of Villanova University is required.

Dr. Susan C. Slaninka Restricted PhD Nursing Scholarships

Dr. Susan Slaninka has provided two scholarships to PhD students: one $4,000.00 scholarship to a PhD student who is not receiving NFLP support and another $1,000.00 scholarship for support of a student’s dissertation expenses. A completed and processed FAFSA by the Financial Aid Office of Villanova University is required for both scholarships.

 

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance Options

Click here for information regarding various financial assistance options available through the Office of Financial Assistance.

Graduate Assistantships for Doctoral Students

Based on availability, graduate assistantships are available for Doctoral Students in full-time course work on campus (first or second year student).  Full tuition and a stipend for two sequential 15-week semesters are offered. These students are expected to complete the program in three or four years of full-time study, depending on the funding source. Deadline is April 15. Read more in this PDF document.

Additional Information

Click here for a short video overview of the financial aid process for Graduate students at the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing.

We suggest that prospective and enrolled students explore educational funding possibilities with their places of employment; their state nurses associations; their specialty organizations at the national and local level; and their Sigma Theta Tau International chapters.