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Undergraduate Level Financial Aid Resources

College of Nursing Contact Information

Offices are located in HSC Student Service Office, Rm. 130A, lower level of the Health Sciences Plaza just southeast of the Domenici Education Building
Mailing address: UNM College of Nursing, MSC09 5350, 1 University of New Mexico,
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001.
Monday Walk-In Hours: 8:30 am – 11:00 am and 1:30 pm – 4pm
Friday Walk-In Hours:     8:30 am – 11:00 am and 1:30 pm – 4pm
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – In person or telephone Appointments via on-line scheduling
http://nursing.unm.edu/conss.html, email one of the above staff or call one of the above numbers.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The FAFSA application is used to apply for grants and 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 www.fafsa.ed.gov. Loan eligibility requires undergraduate students to be enrolled part-time, 6 credits, for the fall, spring or summer term.
Important information to help students plan: The undergraduate program follows nursing terms instead of UNM semesters which effects federal financial aid in the summer term(s). Fall, spring and summer terms are equal 14 weeks. Pell Grant is not awarded in the summer term if a student has a full-time enrollment on Pell Grant for fall and spring term as it is exhausted for the academic year. State and institutional grants are also not awarded in summer term(s). Federal student loans are awarded in the summer term on a customized loan cycle, e.g., a student who has a student loan for fall and spring on the 2016/17 FAFSA will need to complete the 2017/18 FAFSA for a summer 2017/fall 2017 loan award and then another loan award for spring 2017/summer 2017 nursing terms. The process allows for a maximum loan award every two terms. Six credits of enrollment are required for loan eligibility for any term loan is requested, including summer. UNM has different summer financial aid policies than the College of Nursing. Please contact the College of Nursing financial aid office instead of contacting the main campus office for clarification as nursing students are held to nursing financial aid rules.

College of Nursing Scholarships

The College of Nursing has scholarship funding for which all nursing students are considered. There is not a scholarship application, however, it is recommended that you submit a Scholarship Statement (limit one page) by June 30th for Fall/Spring consideration and student admitted for spring term are to submit by November 15th for spring awards. Please note that one Scholarship Statement will cover all terms until student graduates or withdraws, so multiple submissions are not necessary. Students must be officially admitted into the College of Nursing program to qualify for any awards. Submit statements to the college’s financial aid office which is within the HSC Student Services Office, Rm. 130A. If you have any questions, please email, call one of the above listed staff or stop by the office.

Serving as a Nurse in an Underserved Area/Agency is Payback for these Loans:

The State of New Mexico http://hed.state.nm.us/ (click on the Students and Parents section then Student Financial Aid)

The Nursing Loan for Service Program is specific to undergraduate students and graduate level primary care students – funding provided while student is in the program. Deadline typically July 1.

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

OTHER RESOURCES 

External scholarship searchwww.nursingscholarship.us
Internet Search for health professions/nursing scholarships: www.nursingscholarship.us
P.E.O. Philanthropic Educational Opportunity - Women helping Women through Higher Education http://www.peointernational.org/peo-projects-and-philanthropies

HRSA Nurse Corps Scholarship Program The website has a scholarship program which provide tuition and fees, books, monthly living stipends, etc.
http://www.hrsa.gov/loanscholarships/scholarships/Nursing/;

REFERENCE FOR LOAN REPAYMENT AFTER COMPLETION OF NURSING PROGRAM 

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, GetHelp@hrsa.gov or call 1-800-221-9393.