Nurse Faculty Loan Program
Features of the NFLP for students enrolled in the Nurse Educator Track
The program increases the number of qualified nursing faculty by providing funding to accredited schools of nursing.
The NFLP is a loan forgiveness program funded by the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) that prepares and trains qualified nurse educators to fill faculty vacancies and increases the number of trained nurses entering the workforce.
Schools/institutions are required to:
- recruit, train and retain students in select nursing degree programs of study that uniquely qualify them to become nurse faculty;
- create, implement, and maintain effective strategies that assist graduates in obtaining full-time faculty employment; and
- create and manage a loan forgiveness program with a revolving loan fund component.
Improved placement of graduates in full-time faculty positions will reduce nurse faculty vacancy rates, which positively impacts nursing workforce supply.
- NFLP borrowers must be enrolled full-time or part-time in an eligible advanced education nursing degree program (Master's or Doctoral) that offers an education component(s) to prepare them as qualified nurse faculty.
- NFLP borrowers must maintain enrollment for a minimum of two consecutive terms/semesters (either full-time or part-time) during an academic year that NFLP loan support is awarded.
Nurse Faculty Employment
NFLP borrowers may be employed as nurse faculty (i.e., teaching capacity) at a post-secondary college or university of higher education to teach nursing programs at any program level. This includes licensed practical or vocational nursing programs, associate degree nursing programs, master's degree nursing programs and doctoral degree nursing programs.
- Following graduation from the nursing education program, NFLP borrowers may receive partial loan cancellation upon establishing employment as full-time nurse faculty at an accredited school of nursing and providing documentation attesting to such employment.
- "Nurse Faculty" is defined as an academic educator or academic/clinical educator role.
- Under NFLP, "full-time" nurse faculty employment is defined by the employer of the borrower and may include being employed as a full-time faculty member position in an accredited school of nursing or being employed as a part-time faculty member at an accredited school of nursing in combination with another part-time faculty position or part-time clinical preceptor position affiliated with an accredited school of nursing that together equates to full-time employment.
For additional information, please contact:
Charlene Bermele, DNP, RN, CNE
Director, Online Nursing Programs