For DNP Applicants

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Graduate Student Scholarship/Financial Aid Process:

STEP 1: Read the general information below page about Scholarships and Financial Aid for DNP students.
STEP 2: Contact the University Office of Scholarship and Student Aid at (919) 962-8396 or visit the web site for more information.
STEP 3: Visit the Department of Education’s Student Guide web page and complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA).
STEP 4: Visit the Graduate Funding Information Center
STEP 5: Visit the Graduate School Funding Database – COS Pivot
STEP 6: Visit the Graduate School Funding Page
STEP 7: Visit the School of Nursing Scholarships and Funding Resources Page.
STEP 8: Pursue funding sources outside the University, including professional associations. Many sources can be found on the Internet. Several are listed on our financial aid links page.

Need-based Aid

Full-time students in the School of Nursing’s DNP Program may be eligible for both merit-based and need-based financial aid. The University’s Office of Scholarships and Student Aid administer need-based aid. Nursing students are eligible for scholarships and loans on the same basis as all other graduate students at the University.

Students also are encouraged to seek financial aid through their local communities and through scholarships available from sources outside the University, for example, employers, fraternal, civic and professional organizations, and military services, such as:


The National Health Service Corps Scholarship Programmay pay tuition for current students or repay student loans for graduates in exchange for commitments to work in an urban or rural under-served area. The program is designed to encourage nurse practitioners to go to areas where their expertise is needed. For further information, contact the National Health Service Corps at (800) 638-0824.

North Carolina residents may find additional sources of financial aid by referring to the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority web site

Merit-based Scholarships

The following scholarships are awarded by the School of Nursing to outstanding students. A call for applications is posted each spring for financial awards made the following fall; both new and continuing students are eligible for consideration.

  • UNC-CH Graduate School Merit Assistantship
  • James M. Johnston Scholarships
  • Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Fellowship/Traineeship
  • Jimmie Butts Family Nurse Practitioner Scholarship

Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship awards are funded by a federal grant to the School of Nursing and pay tuition and fees plus a monthly stipend; the amount of the stipend varies from year-to-year based on the amount of funding awarded to the school.

Student Research Support

Student research support is available from both the School and the University to help defray the expenses of thesis preparation. In the School of Nursing, the Linda Waring Matthews Award supports graduate student research in oncology. The Kay Burwell Award and the MSN Research Fund, administered by the Office of Academic Affairs, provide support for graduate student research in all areas.

Employment opportunities

Employment opportunities are available to graduate students in the School of Nursing as teaching or research assistants. Both types of assistantships provide valuable learning experiences. Once admitted, students are notified of employment opportunities as they become available.

More information and policies on student employment is available in the current student handbook.