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Financial Aid and Scholarships

Small scholarships are generously given by the College’s Alumni Association; students should check with their own professional organizations for funding opportunities. Depending on funding, federal loan forgiveness programs are sometimes available for full-time (9 credits in fall/spring, 7 credits in summer) students who teach in schools of nursing upon receipt of their degree. Small awards are available to support dissertation research through the College of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International chapters, and through the American Nurses Foundation Awards given through the regional research organizations (SNRS, ENRS, MNRS, WIN).

Scholarship Opportunities


To be considered for a College of Nursing scholarship, you must be a fully matriculated student (full-time or part-time) in the BSN, MSN, DNP, or PhD degree programs.

Students must complete:

  • a SOARS application annually
  • a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA must be updated annually with MUSC Office of Financial Aid.  

SOARS (Scholarship Opportunity Awards Resource System) is MUSC’s new centralized online award management system available to students from all six colleges. SOARS offers students a streamlined approach for applying for scholarships. It simplifies the application process by importing student data directly from the student record, which minimizes the amount of information asked to be provided on the application. Students can view available scholarships for which they are eligible, complete a general and college-specific application that automatically applies them to scholarships, and view and accept scholarship offers.

To apply:

The College of Nursing SOARS scholarship application for the 2022-23 award year will open on June 13th for Fall 2022 awards and November 1st for Spring 2023 awards. The deadline for Fall 2022 is July 8, 2022 at 11:59 pm. You will only need to apply once an academic year and your application will be used to award scholarships through the Summer 2023 semester. However, you may update your application at any time. Only new/incoming spring students will need to apply on November 1st 

To be eligible for need-based scholarships, you must have a 2022-23 FAFSA filed with the MUSC Office of Financial Aid. 


The SOARS portal can be accessed at . A NetID and password is required to access SOARS. To view scholarships offered by the College of Nursing, click on ‘Show Filters” and select College of Nursing. After you complete the general and college-specific applications, SOARS automatically applies you to scholarships for which you qualify. 


You will then be prompted to complete and submit a General and College of Nursing application. In some cases, you may be recommended to apply to scholarships that require additional information. Please click here for detailed instructions or for a video.   


After the application deadline, the College of Nursing scholarship committee will review all submitted applications and will communicate with students regarding the award notification process. 

To view a complete listing of available scholarships visit SOARS.

If you have technical issues with SOARS, please contact If you have questions about specific scholarships, please contact Sonya Smalls at


Net IDs for Incoming and Former MUSC Students with a new program

  • NetID and MUSC email assignments can take up to 60 days after you are moved to student status, however they average approximately 45 days to generate
  • A NetID/password is required to access SOARS
  • Incoming students that have an existing NetID and password from a previous MUSC program (i.e. graduated from the BSN program and enrolling in a graduate program) or as an MUSC employee will still have to wait until their NetID is activated as a MUSC CON Student
  • You may continue to apply for scholarships after the July 8th deadline and up until we start award selections in mid-July.
  • You will be notified once your NetID and password is generated


Scholarship Award Process

The College of Nursing is responsible for awarding any scholarships that are established through the MUSC Foundation. Any full or part time students enrolled in the College of Nursing are eligible for scholarships.

All newly admitted students who have paid their matriculation fees and continuing students in good standing will be considered for scholarships. Scholarship allocations are made fall, spring, and summer semesters and reported to the Office of Financial Aid and Office of Student Accounting.

Awards are made by the CON Scholarship Committee based on academic standing, financial need, and scholarship criteria. The mission and values of MUSC and the College of Nursing may also be considered.

Students receiving scholarship awards are expected to write a thank you note and provide a copy to the Office of Student Services. The Director of Development may request a donor/recipient meeting. (Click for a sample thank you note)