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Scholarships & Financial Aid for Nursing Students

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 June 30, 2022 at 11:59 pm. Only new/incoming spring students will need to apply on November 1st and/or those who did not complete or need to update their Fall 2022 if there are any substantial changes.

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)