Financial Aid & Scholarships

The Dean’s Excellence in Nursing Leadership Graduate Scholarships

This scholarship is designed to support current and future nurses committed to improving healthcare outcomes, as well as improving their leadership and management skills through the pursuit of the MSN-COM degree.

Award Amount: up to $8,500

Eligibility: All graduate program applicants seeking the MSN-Care & Outcomes Management focus area either as BSN to MSN or Entry-Level MSN may apply for these scholarships.

Terms of the Award: The scholarships are awarded for one year. Recipients must meet the following conditions to be considered for the second year.

  1. Maintain full-time student status by taking 8 or more semester credits during the summer, fall and spring terms
  2. Maintain good standing in the program including a 3.0 or better in all courses, and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better
  3. RNs and second-year ELMSNs must maintain an unencumbered active registered nurse license and the ability to practice without restriction in the State of Washington.

Application Priority Deadline Dates:

  • Priority Deadline #1: November 15
  • Priority Deadline #2: January 15

Application Procedure:
Scholarship applications will only be considered for those who have submitted a complete application for the MSN program. To apply for the scholarship, please:

  1. Submit admission application for the MSN program via NursingCAS by the priority deadline dates.
  2. Submit the online scholarship application by the scholarship deadlines.
  3. Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) no later than January 15.
    (When complete the FAFSA, be sure to indicate that you want the results of your analysis sent to PLU, school code 003785. Be sure to print out your confirmation page and include your email address so the FAFSA generated Student Aid Report can be emailed to you.)

Scholarship application must be received no later than 11:59pm on priority deadline dates.


PLU Alumni Discount*

The PLU Grant provides a 10% discount on tuition for PLU graduates who enroll in a PLU master’s degree. Restrictions apply to those students who are also PLU employees. The discount begins immediately upon admission. *Please note that the discount does not apply to DNP students.

Graduate Fellowships

The graduate fellowship program offers graduate students an opportunity to participate in academic and administrative activities that will enhance their graduate education experience, as well as provide financial assistance.

Award amount: Varies depending on responsibilities of the appointment. Fellowships may be considered taxable income. (Note: Total amount of fellowship and scholarship may not exceed a student’s total tuition cost for the period awarded.)

Number of awards: The number of awards vary depending on the qualifications of the candidates.

Eligibility
:

  • Admitted to the PLU MSN program
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 graduate grade point average
  • Be enrolled during the semester/term of the fellowship

Terms of the Award: You will receive a small stipend in exchange for the the assistance you provide the faculty or administrative member. In general, fellowship awards are for interactions and opportunities involving time commitments between 2 and 10 hours per week.  Terms of service will depend on the position.

Criteria for Awarding Fellowships may include any combination of the following:

  • Skills and abilities
  • Academic merit
  • Potential for success
  • Contribution to the mission of the graduate program and university

Priority Application Date: May 1 is the priority application date for fellowship consideration for the Fall and Spring.  Applications received after the priority date will be reviewed as funds are available.

How to apply:
The graduate fellowship is only awarded to students admitted to the MSN program. To apply for the graduate fellowship, please:

  • Complete the Graduate Fellowship application
  • Submit a current resume
  • Scan and email the application along with your resume to Tracy Pitt at tpitt@plu.edu
    Or submit via mail: School of Nursing, Pacific Lutheran University
    12180 Park Ave. South, Tacoma, WA, 98447

Federal Nursing Loans

These loans are available at a lower rate than the typical unsubsidized Stafford Loans offered to graduate students. Our Office of Financial aid has detailed information about the conditions and how to apply: https://www.plu.edu/financial-aid/types-aid/loans/nursing-loan

Unsubsidized Stafford Loans (Direct Loans)

Although payments are deferred while you are enrolled at least half-time, unsubsidized loans accumulate interest while you are in school. If you can, it is recommended that you try to pay the interest on these loans while you are in school.

Loan amount: LOAN of $20,500 per year

Deadline: Applicants are considered for this loan when their FAFSA application is being processed. The loan is processed by PLU and disbursed to pay your tuition.

Number of awards: n/a

Criteria: You do not need to demonstrate need to qualify for these loans. Detailed information is available at the Federal student aid website.

Terms of the loan: This loan accumulates interest while you are in school, and when you are in your forbearance “grace period.” It is a loan, so it must be paid back with interest. When you fill out the FAFSA, there is a tool that estimates what your student loan repayment amounts will look like. Detailed information, including current interest rates,  is available at the Federal student aid website.

How to apply:

  • Fill out the Free Application For Student Aid – Please note, the FAFSA must be filled out each year that you are enrolled.
  • Once you receive your PLU award notification, you must log onto PLU’s Secure Area of Banner Web, Financial Aid Services, to Accept or Decline the loan.  Step-by-step instructions can be found on the Student Services documents page under Graduate Student Checklist.
  • If you choose to accept the loan, you must also “Sign In” to studentloans.gov to complete the required Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note.

PLUS Loan (Direct Loans)

Although payments are deferred while you are enrolled at least half-time, unsubsidized loans accumulate interest while you are in school. If you can, it is recommended that you try to pay the interest on these loans while you are in school. These loans differ from Unsubsidized Stafford Loans in that they have a higher interest rate and require a credit check.

Loan amount: LOAN to meet any unmet need up to the total estimated cost of attendance for the program.

Deadline: Applicants are considered for this loan when their FAFSA application is being processed. The loan is processed by PLU and disbursed to pay your tuition.

Number of awards: n/a

Criteria: You do not need to demonstrate need to qualify for these loans. Unlike the Stafford loan, borrowers must pass a credit check. Detailed information is available at the Federal student aid website.

Terms of the loan: This loan accumulates interest while you are in school, and when you are in your forbearance “grace period.” It is a loan, so it must be paid back with interest. When you fill out the FAFSA, there is a tool that estimates what your student loan repayment amounts will look like. Detailed information, including current interest rates,  is available at the Federal student aid website.

How to apply:

  • Fill out the Free Application For Student Aid – Please note, the FAFSA must be filled out each year that you are enrolled.
  • Once you receive your PLU award notification, you must log onto PLU’s Secure Area of Banner Web, Financial Aid Services, to Accept or Decline the loan. Step-by-step instructions can be found on the Student Services documents page under Graduate Student Checklist.
  • If you choose to accept the loan, you must also “Sign In” to studentloans.gov to complete the required Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

Visit the AACN website for information about graduate scholarships and loan forgiveness programs for nursing students.


National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship Program

Minimum of two years of full-time service at an NHSC-approved site in a Health Professional Shortage Area of greatest need.

Deadline: April 27, 2017,  7:30 p.m. eastern time
2017 Application and Program Guidance


NURSE Corps Scholarship Program

Nursing students are eligible to receive funding for their training in exchange for working at least two-years at an eligible NURSE Corps facility upon graduation.

Deadline: May 11th, 2017,  7:30 p.m. eastern time.
Scholarship fact sheet
Scholarship application


What are the similarities—and differences—between the NHSC and NURSE Corps scholarship programs?
Download the scholarships guide (PDF)

National Health Services Corp loan repayment

The program is open to licensed primary care medical, dental, and mental and behavioral health providers. Awardees receive up to $50,000 in exchange for two-years of service if they practice in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) of 14 and above (Tier I). There are many NHSC loan repayment sites in the Puget Sound area.

More details are available on the National Health Services Corp website.


Nurse Corps loan repayment

NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program sets registered nurses (including advanced practice registered nurses and nursing faculty) on a rewarding career path while paying off 60 percent of their unpaid nursing student loans in just 2 years – and an additional 25 percent of the original balance for an optional third year.

In return, NURSE Corps members fulfilling a service obligation at one of the thousands of eligible nonprofit hospitals, clinics, nursing schools and other facilities located in designated mental health or primary medical care Health Professional Shortage Areas across the U.S.

More details are available on the Nurse Corps website.


Washington State Health Professional Loan Repayment Program

The Health Professional Loan Repayment Program encourages licensed primary care health professionals to serve in critical shortage areas in Washington State. The program provides financial assistance through either conditional scholarships or loan repayment. The loan repayment portion of the program provides educational repayment assistance to licensed primary care health professionals. Applicants agree to provide primary care health care in rural or underserved urban areas with designated shortages.

More details are available on the Washington Student Achievement Council.

Yellow Ribbon ProgramPLU Graduate Programs are yellow ribbon

Pacific Lutheran University is proud to partner with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to offer an unlimited number of full-tuition Yellow Ribbon Scholarships to qualified veterans or their dependents.

For detailed information about this benefit and eligibility, see the Department of Veterans Affairs Yellow Ribbon Program FAQ.

For more information about using your post 9/11 GI benefits at PLU, please contact PLU’s Veterans Benefits Coordinator Neshell Henkel Chabot at 800-678-3243, 253-535-7161, or henkelnd@plu.edu.


Vocational Rehab & Other Benefits

At PLU, we are committed to assisting you with getting the most from your benefits. If you qualify for Vocational Rehab, or any other benefits, our dedicated Student Services Coordinator will work with you to help you fill out the paperwork you need for the VA. Please contact Neshell Henkel Chabot at 800-678-3243, 253-535-7161, or henkelnd@plu.edu.