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ARSBN - Loans & Scholarships

In 2009 Act 9 was passed which authorized additional funding for the nursing student loan program. Act 9 was designed to encourage nurses to teach in Arkansas nursing education programs. To be eligible for the loan, the applicant must be an Arkansas resident enrolled in accredited nursing program and be teaching or hired to teach in a nursing program located in Arkansas. 

Loans & Scholarships - FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about the Nursing Scholarship Program

Who qualifies for the scholarship? 

In order to be considered for this scholarship, each applicant must meet the following criteria:

How much total scholarship funds may a recipient receive?

Each scholarship recipient may be awarded up to $20,000. This amount is awarded over multiple semesters. Full-time students may receive up to $5,000 each semester (up to $10,000/year) and part-time students up to $2,500 each semester (up to $5,000/year)

How many credit hours are required for full-time and part-time status?

Full-time status is determined by the educational institution in which the applicant is enrolled. Part-time status is defined as a minimum of six (6) credit hours during the fall and spring terms and three (3) credit hours during the summer term

How do I apply?

The application can be downloaded from or The application and all other documents should be submitted to Arkansas Department of Higher Education. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. 

When should applications be submitted?

Applications are accepted twice each year. Applications for the spring semester should be submitted by November 1st (application available by September 1st) and by June 1st (application available by January 1st) for the fall semester

What documents must be submitted with the application?

Do I have to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) report?

Yes. The FAFSA report is available to the Arkansas Department of Higher Education and does not need to be submitted with the application.

How are qualified applicants selected to receive money?

The Board of Nursing has developed a funding formula which incorporates previous GPA, number of nursing credits completed toward degree, length of Arkansas residency, teaching experience and financial need

How is the scholarship money awarded to the recipient?

The scholarship is paid directly to the educational program at the beginning of each semester. Any funds left after expenses are paid will be dispersed to the student by the financial aid officer of the educational institution.

Can the scholarship be used for previous educational expenses?

No. The scholarship funds are awarded only for current expenses

Can I attend any nursing program?

No. The program must be a BSN or higher degree program which leads to qualifications as a nurse educator. In addition, the program must be nationally accredited, regionally accredited and/or approved by the Board of Nursing

I received scholarship funds for the semester in which I am currently enrolled. Can I receive scholarship funds for additional semesters?

Yes. Subject to the availability of funds, each scholarship shall be renewable annually until the degree is obtained or the maximum amount of the scholarship fund is awarded.

Do I have to repay the scholarship?

No, as long as you teach in a nursing education program in the State of Arkansas for one year for each year a scholarship was awarded.

What happens if I am required to repay the scholarship fund?

Scholarships will be repaid with interest at the maximum legal rate and become due and payable immediately if the recipient of the scholarship fund ceases to be enrolled in good standing in a recognized school of nursing before completing the education requirements or fails to teach for the specified time in an Arkansas nursing program. Failure to repay the scholarship as specified may be considered unprofessional conduct and disciplinary action against the nursing license may be taken.

I have more questions. Who may I contact?

Arkansas Department of Higher Education 
114 E. Capitol Ave. 
Little Rock, AR 72201

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