ABSN Scholarships and Loans

We know that committing yourself to a fast track, full-time program like this will provide you with little time to work while completing your studies.  That’s why Duke has placed special emphasis upon creating scholarships and identifying loan programs to meet your needs…the needs of a future nurse!

To learn more about any of the programs below, simply click below. For newly admitted ABSN students, please review our FAQs as well.

Duke University School of Nursing Scholarships

ABSN Need Based Scholarship provides ABSN students who demonstrate greatest financial need with a scholarship of up to $9,000 per year.

Robert Wood Johnson Scholarship provides $10,000 to students from underrepresented groups in nursing or disadvantaged backgrounds.

Duke University Scholars Program

Duke University Scholars Program provides 100% tuition funding and is awarded to one student per year selected through a competitive process.

Loan Programs

Federal Perkins Loan is a low-interest loan funded by the federal government and administered by Duke of up to $5,500 per year for ABSN students who demonstrate significant financial need.

Federal Stafford Loan Program is the most common student loan program for funding the education of ABSN students, and is a low-interest loan similar to the Federal Perkins Loan, funded directly by the federal government.

Alternative/ Private Loan Programs are designed to assist students who need additional funding to meet the gap between the cost of attendance and any other financial aid they receive.

North Carolina State Education Assistance Programs

NC Legislative Tuition Grant – provides grant awards to North Carolina students attending private colleges and universities.

NC State Contractual Scholarship – provides financial assistance to needy NC resident students attending eligible nonprofit private colleges and institutions located in NC.

Nurse Scholars Program, Undergraduate provides up to $5,000 in return for working for the State of NC as a nurse.

Forgivable Education Loans for Service provides loan funds with forgiveness options in exchange for working in North Carolina after graduation.

Federal Sponsored Scholarship and Loan Programs

Federal HRSA Nursing Scholarship Program provides significant tuition fees and monthly living allowance to selected applicants in return for service at a health care facility experiencing a critical nursing shortage.

Federal HRSA Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program repays up to 85% of the student loan balance of selected applicants in exchange for 2-3 years of service in a non profit health care facility (many are non profit).

U.S. Public Health Service’s SRCOSTEP Program provides pay and benefits to selected applicants in the final year of full-time academic study in exchange for work for the sponsoring agency as a Commissioned Corps Officer after graduation. The service obligation is equal to twice the time sponsored; that is, for 9 months of financial support, a SRCOSTEP participant commits to 18 months of employment with the division or organization that provided the support. For eligibility requirements and sponsoring agency sites, please click here.