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Graduate Level Financial Aid Resources

College of Nursing Contact Information

Offices are located in the Health Sciences Center Student Services Office, Rm. 130A located on the lower plaza level of the Health Sciences Center, southeast of the Domenici Education Building.

Monday Walk-In Hours: 8:30 am – 11:00 am
Friday Walk-In Hours: 8:30 am – 11:00 am and 1:30 pm – 4 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – In person or telephone Appointments via on-line scheduling http://nursing.unm.edu/conss.html

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The FAFSA application is used to apply for student loans. It is very important to complete this as soon as possible. The priority deadline is January 6th of each year however applications are accepted throughout the year. Application may be made via the Internet at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/. Loan eligibility requires graduate nursing students to be enrolled part- time, 5 credits, for the fall, spring or summer term.

College of Nursing Scholarships

The College of Nursing has scholarship funding for which students from all concentrations/programs are considered. There is not an application form, however it is recommended that students submit a Scholarship Statement by June 30th for Fall/Spring consideration and students who are admitted for a spring term should submit the statement by November 15th. The Scholarship Statement is only required once during the program – no need to resubmit each year. Students must be officially admitted to the graduate program to qualify for any awards. Please submit the statement to the college’s financial aid office via email to one of the officers listed above or submit to their office which is within the HSC Student Services Office, Rm. 130A. If you have any questions, please email one of the college’s financial aid officers, call or stop by the office.

Teaching Assistantships

Depending on the needs of the College, there may be positions for teaching assistants for each term to assist instructors with large undergraduate classes. The graduate student must be enrolled in at least 6 credits hours to qualify. Currently, the contract awards up to 6 credit hours of resident tuition and fees and pays approximately $840.00 per month and offers paid student health insurance. Non-Resident students gain the benefit of being charged resident rate tuition for the term of the contract. To apply, please contact one of the financial aid officers for the college and request an application. Deadlines: April 15th for summer hiring, June 30th for fall hiring and November 15th for spring hiring.

UNM New Mexico Scholars Award, Graduate Fellowships, Research and Travel Grant Information

The Office of Graduate Studies offers funds in the form of scholarships for full-time New Mexico Resident graduate students. Any information regarding funds for students is typically emailed to graduate students throughout the year. For more information on graduate fellowships, research and travel grants, please visit the Office of Graduate Studies funding website at http://grad.unm.edu/funding/index.html.

Serving as a Nurse in an Underserved Area/Agency is Payback for these Loans: The State of New Mexico http://hed.state.nm.us/

  • The Nurse Educator Loan for Service Program is specific to nursing students who are also working as nurse educators regardless of concentration – funding provided while in the program
  • The Nursing Loan for Service Program is specific to primary care students – funding provided while student is in the program. Deadline typically July 1.
  • The Loan Repayment Program is specific to primary care students – funding is provided after graduation. The deadline is typically in May.

For more information, please visit the New Mexico Higher Education Department website at http://hed.state.nm.us/ and click on Students and Parents Overview Tab at the top of the screen and search for loan for service programs under Student Financial Aid on the side menu.
Application deadlines and details can be found on the website.

NIH Loan Repayment Programs

In exchange for a two-year research commitment, the NIH LRPs will repay up to $70,000 in eligible student loan debt to researchers and health professionals conducting qualifying research funded by domestic non-profit or government organizations.

The 2016 Loan Repayment Programs applications deadline is November 16, 2015 at 8:00 PM. Please visit our webpage at http://www.lrp.nih.gov/ to learn more about eligibly and to apply.
If you are not eligible for the LRPs, kindly pass along this announcement to a colleague that may be interested.
If you have any questions about the application process, please contact our Information Center, Monday-Friday, from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, EST. We can be reached by phone at 866-849-4047 and by email at lrp@nih.gov. Our Information Center will be available to answer your questions on November 11 (Veteran’s Day) and on Saturday, November 14 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, EST

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
http://www.hrsa.gov/loanscholarships/repayment/nursing

U.S.Department of Health and Human Services Nursing Education Loan Repayments Program, NURSECORPS, offers registered nurses substantial assistance to repay educational loans in exchange for service in eligible facilities located in areas experiencing a shortage of nurses. Authorized by Section 846 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended, the purpose of NELRP is to assist in the recruitment and retention of professional nurses dedicated to providing health care to underserved populations. For help please refer to website listed above, email GetHelp@hrsa.gov or call 1-800-221-9393.

Specific to Primary Care Students

National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship Fund and the Indian Public Health Services http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/

These organizations have a competitive application process and require an agreement to pay back in service for time spent in your education programs. These placements can be anywhere in the US and are not necessarily limited to New Mexico. Please be sure you completely understand your service obligations if you accept funding.

Specific to Primary Care Students (FNP, Midwifery, PNP) - The New Mexico Health Service Corps

This program will pay a taxable stipend to the student while in school whereas service payback would occur upon graduation in a designated underserved area of New Mexico. The New Mexico State Department of Health administers these funds. The contact in the office of Rural Health is Alexandria King at (505) 841-6454, email Alexandria.King@state.nm.us.