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Nursing Faculty Loan Program (NFLP)

The purpose of the UNG Nurse Faculty Loan Program (UNG-NFLP) is to increase the number of advanced degreed nursing faculty in Georgia by facilitating the master’s and/or doctoral education of qualified nurses interested in a career in nursing education. The funding will be used to provide service cancelable loans to students enrolled in the University of North Georgia’s (UNG) Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Nursing Education and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) with a concentration in Nursing Education programs who are committed to becoming academic and/or clinical nursing faculty.  

Full-time or part-time graduate students who plan careers as nurse faculty are eligible to apply and may qualify for up to 5 years of financial support (contingent upon ongoing federal funding and, therefore, subject to change).

Up to 85% of the total loan amount will be forgiven if the graduate works full-time for 4 years in a nurse faculty position immediately following graduation. The full-time requirement may also be met with part-time employment equal to full-time. Faculty positions may be associated with any accredited nursing program (ADN, BSN, MSN, DNP, or PhD). 

Eligibility

Who can apply?
UNG full-time or part-time MSN or DNP students that are committed to assuming nurse educator role upon graduation

Which programs are eligible?
MSN – Nursing Education and DNP with Nursing Education Concentration 

Application Process

  • Students must first complete the required Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 
    • The University’s FAFSA number is 001585. 
    • Once processed, financial aid (FA) officer calculates the total among eligible for borrowing from all sources. The FA officer notifies the student of the eligible amount. The eligible amount can include tuition, fees, books, living expenses, etc. 
      • NFLP only covers the tuition, books and fees part of eligible expenses.    
  • Complete Exhibits A (Promissory Note), B (Rights and Responsibilities), and C (NFLP Application 
  • Submit a brief essay demonstrating commitment to Nursing Education  

Application Due Date

  • Spring — Nov. 1 
  • Fall — July 1
NFLP FAQ
What Expenses does the NFLP Cover?

NFLP covers the cost of tuition, books, fees, lab expenses and other reasonable educational expenses. Awards may be renewable for a maximum of five years, but this is contingent upon ongoing federal funding and therefore subject to change. The NFLP loan may not exceed $35,500 per student for any academic period. The NFLP student borrower must complete the specified education component(s) for the advanced nursing degree program prior to graduating from the program. 

Funding cannot be approved for the following:

  • General living expenses (room, board, personal expenses) 
  • Family health insurance 
  • Student transportation costs 
  • Expenses specifically covered by another source of funding
    • For example, if you are a RA/TA and get a University tuition award, then you cannot claim University tuition as cost under NFLP. If in doubt, please submit the request for funding and we will help sort out whether it is an eligible request. 
  • Other restrictions may apply
Who is Eligible to Apply to the NFLP?

UNG Department of Nursing students are eligible to apply if they are committed to assuming a full-time faculty role upon graduation. The full-time commitment may also be fulfilled by a combination of part-time positions.  

All applicants will complete a brief essay demonstrating their commitment to the nurse faculty role. NLFP loans should be made on a first-come-first-serve basis for an academic year until funds are expended. Priority will be given to full-time students and students who already have received NFLP support and those who do not have funding from other sources. NFLP funds are limited; students will be funded as the amount currently in our account permits. 

Eligibility requirements for new and continuing applicants (MSN concentration in Nursing Education, Post-graduate concentration in Nursing Education, DNP with a concentration in Nursing Education): 

  • Be a U.S. citizen or national of the U.S, or a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. and its territories 
  • Be enrolled as a student in good standing in an advanced nurse academic program at the School (MSN, DNP) 
  • Be and remain in “good academic standing “while enrolled in the advanced nurse academic program. 
  • Have no judgment liens entered against him/her based on the default on a Federal debt, 28 U.S.C. 3201(e). 
What are the Responsibilities of NFLP Recipients?
If you are approved to receive monies from the NFLP, you must: 
  • Sign a promissory note and a Statement of Rights and Responsibilities online. 
  • Complete the required nursing education (NE) coursework. NFLP recipients are obligated to take the required educational component for their degree program.
    • MSN-NE students are required to take 36 credits, including an education residency of 120 precepted hours.
    • DNP-NE students are required to take 44 designated credits, including a minimum of 1000 pos-baccalaureate practice hours and 12 Nursing Education concentration hours. 
    • NFLP students are encouraged to participate in UNG CTLL faculty development offerings focused on teaching; participate in programming focused on the faculty role or teaching methods/strategies sponsored by the University Center for Faculty Excellence; or serve as a Teaching Fellow or Teaching Assistant.
    • Recipients are responsible for registering for coursework or fulfilling other teaching activities that may be required. The UNG DON is not responsible if students neglect to complete required courses or maintain participation in teaching activities. 
*The University must stop disbursement if the borrower fails to meet the above requirements; withdraws from the institution; fails to meet the academic standards of the institution; or requests to terminate participation in the NFLP program.
When Will Applicants Be Notified if They Received Funding?
Spring applicants will be notified by Nov. 15.
Who Reviews Applications?
DON Graduate Committee

Contact Information

  • For questions about the program, eligibility, and application process
  • For questions after an award has been made 

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