Financing Your Education

A graduate education is a significant investment in your future. The School of Nursing and Health Professions (SONHP) is proud to offer a variety of ways to assist in funding your education. The first step in applying for financial aid at USF is to submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please refer to the Financial Aid website for graduate students for details.

We offer scholarships through the School and an assortment of resources for funding opportunities outside of the School. Most scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need which will be determined by a newly admitted student's completion of a Scholarship Application at the time of application to the School of Nursing and Health Professions and by a continuing student's completion during the Fall of each academic year. A limited number of scholarships will also be awarded on the basis of merit. The following information describes funding resources that may be useful to your graduate studies.

Federal Student Loans For U.S. Citizens and Eligible Non-Citizens

  • U.S. Citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents are eligible for a Federal Stafford Loan of $20,500 for each year of graduate studies. In addition, the Federal Grad PLUS Loan program covers remaining tuition and living expenses.
  • Apply for U.S. federal student loans (Stafford and Grad Plus) at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Start your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible. The loan process takes up to 8 weeks. You can accept all, part, or none of the federal loan offered to you. There is no FAFSA deadline for graduate students. The FAFSA code for the University of San Francisco (USF) is 001325. FAFSA - APPLY NOW

Financial aid for undocumented students

Undocumented students, please click here for financial aid resources.

All School Of Nursing & Health Professions Scholarships


  • DEAN'S GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR FINANCIAL NEED AND MERIT: This scholarship provides multi-semester awards for students in SONHP graduate programs who demonstrate outstanding experience or potential in the following areas: academics, commitment to social justice and community service, and leadership
  • 1-3 AGENCY / COHORT SCHOLARSHIP: The 1 to 3 Agency Scholarship support students starting the MSN program (Please note: MSN for Registered Nurses, RN-MSN, only) with their friends and/or colleagues, coming from the same agency/hospital/employer. Three (3) students must start the program in the same semester and must be associated with one another, personally or professionally. Each student will receive a $3,000 scholarship, disbursed over six (6) semesters, contingent upon maintaining a 3.0 or higher GPA.
  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS EDUCATION FOUNDATION (HPEF) SCHOLARSHIP: Established in 1987, the Health Professions Education Foundation (HPEF) is the state's only nonprofit foundation statutorily created to encourage students from underrepresented communities to become health professionals and increase access to health providers in medically underserved areas. Supported by grants, donations, licensing fees, and special funds, the foundation offers scholarship and loan repayment programs to students and graduates who agree to practice in California's medically underserved communities. Thanks to its track record of delivering health providers to areas of need, HPEF has garnered approximately 5,400 award, totaling more than $47 million for allied health, nursing, mental health, and medical students and recent graduates practicing 56 of California's 58 counties. Graduate Nursing and PsyD in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) students are eligible.

    For more information visit: Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development

  • ELISSONDO RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIP This fund provides up to $300 per student upon request in support of a professional development opportunity.
  • YELLOW RIBBON PROGRAM: The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 (Chapter 33) that allows veterans to attend private schools and graduate programs costing more than the state tuition cap. The Yellow Ribbon program will cover all SONHP graduate programs. Awards will be made on a first come, first-served basis.

    For more information, visit: VETERAN AFFAIRS

  • HELENE FULD TRUST SCHOLARSHIPS: Scholarship available for students in the MSN program (Please note: Only applicable to the Master's Entry MSN option) for students interested in nursing leadership roles.
  • NURSE PRACTITIONERS AND COMMUNITIES TOGETHER (NPCT) Scholarships: These federally-funded scholarships support DNP students interested in immersive NP primary care and accessible behavioral health care. The underlying grant is designed to increase the numbers of DNPs in rural and medically under-served areas and strengthen their knowledge and skills in providing culturally competent, evidence-based integrated behavioral health in primary care using innovative methods (including telehealth). The scholarship funds focus on students from the Central Valley and northeastern counties of California and students who are committed to working in those areas after graduation.
  • SONG-BROWN SCHOLARSHIP: This scholarship provides assistance to students in the DNP programs who travel to rural areas of California to provide clinical care.
  • STAUDENRAUS SCHOLARSHIP: Students in the Master of Science in Nursing (Please note: This is for the Master's Entry MSN option only) are eligible to receive funding through this scholarship. First priority goes to students completing clinical rotations at La Clínica.
  • ASSOCIATION OF CALIFORNIA NURSE LEADERS (ACNL) AND ASSOCIATION OF NURSE EXECUTIVE (AONL) MEMBERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP: This scholarship provides tuition credit of $500 per semester for three (3) semesters for members in good standing of the Association of California Nurse Leaders (ACNL) and Association of Nurse Executives (AONL) (Executive Leadership degree program only).
    Students must email a copy of their membership card to their program assistant once accepted into the School of Nursing & Health Professions.
  • International Student Aid - International students are eligible for the Health Professions International Student Scholarship.
  • Restricted Scholarship Funds - Graduate students are eligible for a number of private and public scholarships from generous funders. These include the Mary E. Marron Giovannetti Endowed Nursing Scholarship; Frances Monet Carter Award for Clinical Excellence in Psychiatric Nursing;  and the Roy and Mable Staudenraus Nursing Scholarship.

Other Scholarships To Consider:

  1. Christie Foundation
  2. Institute for Diversity in Health Management
  3. Paul Ambrose Scholars Program
  4. Public Health Grants and Scholarships
  5. School Nutrition Foundation Scholarships
  6. SOPHE Student Member Fellowships and Awards
  7. Lynn Adamson Memorial Scholarship (Graduate Level)
  8. National Health Services Corp
  9. California Association of Colleges of Nursing (CACN)
  10. Nursing Map License: An extensive list of over 350 nursing scholarships, grants, and loan repayment programs. The largest nursing scholarship database listing scholarships that span statewide and nationwide.
  11. Gates Millennium Scholarship Program
  12. P.E.O International Peace Scholarship (ISP)