Financing Your Education

The School of Nursing and Health Professions (SONHP) is proud to offer a variety of ways to assist in funding your education.

We offer scholarships through the School and an assortment of resources for funding opportunities outside of the School. In addition to scholarship funding, students seeking Federal Financial Aid can find more information on the University's Financial Aid webpage. A graduate education is a significant investment in your future. There are financial aid opportunities available for students. 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 Load of $20,500 for each year of graduate studies. In Addition, the Federal Grad PLUS Loan loan program covers remaining tuition and living expenses.
  • Apply for U.S. federal student loans (Stafford and Grad Plus) at 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 MERIT SCHOLARSHIP FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS: 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 ares 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 Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) students are eligible.

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

  • PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AWARD: This scholarship provides up to $300 in funds to use toward 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 FACULTY LOAN PROGRAM: The Nurse Faculty Loan Program award provides a loan that is 85% forgivable to doctoral students in primary care nursing who make a full-time teaching commitment for four years post-graduation.

    Program Goals: Promotes recruitment of nursing students to become nurse faculty; provides financial support for students enrolled in an advanced education nursing program to prepare qualified nurse faculty' and retains loan recipients as nurse faculty by providing loan cancellation over a consecutive four-year period.

    Eligible Students: Applicants must ensure that the students identified for NFLP loan support meet eligibility requirements: the student is enrolled full-time (6 credits) in an eligible nursing degree program(s); the student is in good academic standing; the student meets citizenship requirement' and the student must not be in default on other federal loans.

    Application Process: Admitted students who are interested in NFL should email their program assistant to inquire about availability of funds.

    For more information, visit:

  • 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 (AONE) 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 (AONE) (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.

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.

Estimated Costs

Please note that tuition rates and fees are subject to change and more information can be found about tuition and graduate student fees on the university tuition and fees schedule. The current estimated tuition costs based on the 2018-19 academic year rate is $1,385 per unit. You can expect to pay about $2,000 more in books and fees over the course of the program. In addition to tuition there are fees for graduate students including mandatory health insurance, Associate Graduate Students of USF (AGSUSF) of $50 per semester (Spring/Fall semesters only), and an applicable fieldwork fee of $100 per fieldwork course.

Contact Info

School of Nursing & Health Professions

Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 422-2806