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Financing Your Education

There are several ways to finance your DNP degree.  This page provides information on many options including, federal financial aid, employer reimbursements and scholarships.  If you have any questions please contact an Admissions Counselor.

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Financial Aid

Graduate and Doctoral students may be eligible for Federal Stafford Loans. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually to be eligible for federal financial aid. Students must also be admitted as a matriculated student in a graduate or doctoral program in order to receive federal financial aid.

Complete a FAFSA. (Gonzaga University’s school code is 003778).

Loan Eligibility

Graduate and Doctoral students are eligible to receive up to $20,500 in unsubsidized Stafford Loans each academic year (fall semester – summer semester). The interest rate for this loan is fixed at 5.31% for the 2016-17 school year.

Learn more about graduate student loans.

Gonzaga University School of Nursing & Human Physiology Scholarship

The School of Nursing & Human Physiology offers scholarships for students in all nursing programs.

Graduate Scholarship Application

Applications for graduate scholarships should be submitted by:

  • April 15th for fall semester
  • November 1st for spring semester
  • March 15th for summer semester

Other Scholarship Opportunities

Note: This is a sample of available scholarships we found that our students might be interested in. The eligibility criteria may change without notice. No organization received monetary contribution to be on this list. It is here as a helpful resource for students. Please see specific webpages for details.

Senior Advice Caregiver and Volunteer Scholarships

For students who have volunteered for a senior non-profit or who have acted as caregiver to an adult relative:

Johnson & Johnson scholarship information here.

The HIMSS Scholarship awards 1 scholarship annually to a masters and PhD student enrolled in a program related to the healthcare information and management systems field. In addition to the $5000 scholarship award, the leadership nursing master’s online student winner will also receive an all-expense paid trip to the Awards Banquet at the Annual HIMSS Conference and Exhibition.

The AHIMA Foundation Merit Scholarships offer master’s students a $2,000 award for students pursuing a career in areas related to health information management or health informatics

The MGMA Western Section Scholarship is available for individuals residing in MGMA Western section states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming) who are current MGMA members and enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program relevant to medical practice management.

The Bachrach Family Scholarship for Excellence in Health Care Administration, sponsored by David Bachrach, FACMPE, and Family, is available to individuals enrolled in a graduate program in health care administration who maintain academic standing with a GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) or better and whose career interests may lead them to a position in medical practice administration. All eligible applicants should apply, but preference will be given to applicants from a disadvantaged background and/or the first person in their family to pursue a graduate degree.

The Leaders Scholarship is sponsored by Academic Practice Assembly, Anesthesia Administration Assembly, Integrated Physician Services Executives Assembly, and in recognition of Ernest S. Moscatello; Edgar J. Saux, FACMPE; Robert W. “Win” Baker; Charles Wallace, MD; and past presidents of ACMP. Individuals enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program relevant to medical practice management are eligible; including leadership nursing masters online students from Gonzaga.

The Richardson-Sargent Memorial Fund grants are available for individuals seeking Fellowship in ACMPE and who wish to pursue professional development and continuing education through attendance at conferences, workshops and seminars sponsored by nationally recognized professional associations or accredited colleges or universities, or by pursuing a course of relevant study at an accredited college or university while also actively engaged as an executive in a group practice of medicine.

The Richard L. Davis, FACMPE – Managers Scholarship is for individuals currently working in medical practice management who are enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program relevant to medical practice management.

The Richard L. Davis, FACMPE/Barbara B. Watson, FACMPE – National Scholarship is accessible by individuals who are enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program relevant to medical practice management.

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) awards $1,500 per academic year to students who complete baccalaureate or graduate degree programs in nursing

American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) announces the availability of graduate fellowships for American Indian and Alaska Native students from federally recognized U.S. tribes.

American Assembly for Men in Nursing Foundation and Johnson & Johnson’s Campaign for Nursing’s Future are offering a new $1,000 scholarship program for male students pursuing professional nursing education programs.

Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity (BAGNC) provides two-year scholarships ($50,000 per year) and fellowships ($60,000 per year) to registered nurses committed to advancing the field of geriatric nursing through doctoral studies and research.

Cherokee Uniforms, a leading provider of medical scrubs, is accepting nominations for its 11th annual Inspired Comfort Award .  This award recognizes vital role of those providing extraordinary patient care while serving as inspiration to others. Last year’s grand prize was an all-expense-paid Caribbean cruise for two. Additional winners in each category won all-expense-paid trips to a 2013 U.S. medical conference of each winner’s choice and an annual membership to their preferred clinical association.

Council of Graduate Schools maintains a list of graduate fellowship opportunities for those entering graduate programs. Read eligibility requirements carefully to see how best to market your nursing graduate study.

Disadvantaged Faculty Loan Repayment Program (FLRP) provides for repayment of education loans for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who agree to serve for at least two years as faculty members at eligible health professions and nursing schools. awards a $500 Anna May Rolando scholarship to a qualified student with a disability. Preference is given to graduate students.

Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities offers scholarships for graduate and undergraduate students attending a HACU Member or Partner college or university.

Indian Health Service (IHS) administers a program to help repay undergraduate and graduate loans of health professionals in return for full-time clinical service in Indian health programs.

March of Dimes awards scholarships to registered nurses enrolled in graduate programs of maternal-child nursing.

Maryland State Nursing Scholarship is available to Maryland residents seeking an undergraduate or graduate degree in nursing.

Minute Clinic awards up to 30 Nurse Practitioner Scholarships at $2,500 each and up to 5 Doctor of Nursing Practice Scholarships at $5,000 each. The application deadline is May 1, 2013.

National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) offers scholarships for members pursuing a BSN or graduate degree in neonatal nursing or nursing administration.

National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) offers a Student Nurse of the Year award to an NBNA member in pursuit of a baccalaureate or other advanced nursing degree.

National Health Service Corps, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has information about scholarships and loan repayment programs for health care professionals who practice in a medically underserved area.

NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program, formerly the Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program (NELRP), this program helps alleviate the shortage of nurses across the country by offering loan repayment assistance to registered nurses and advance practice nurses, such as nurse practitioners, working at Critical Shortage facilities and nurse faculty employed at accredited schools of nursing. Program participants receive up to 60 percent of their qualifying student loans in exchange for a 2-year service commitment – and an additional 25 percent of their original loan balance for an optional third year.

NURSE Corps Scholarship Program (NCSP), formerly the Nursing Scholarship Program, this program helps students complete their nursing education by paying tuition, fees, other education costs, while providing a monthly living stipend. The program is open to full-time nursing students accepted or enrolled in diploma, associate, baccalaureate or graduate nursing programs at accredited schools located in the U.S. Upon graduation, scholarship program members fulfill a 2 year service commitment at a Critical Shortage Facility.

Nurse Practitioner Health Association offers a variety of scholarships ($1,000 to $5,000 awards) to students in Nurse Practitioner programs for outstanding research, leadership and academic achievements.

Nurses’ Educational Funds, Inc. offers a scholarship for nurses enrolled in an accredited master’s or doctoral level nursing program.

Nursing Economic$ Foundation awards up to four $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to registered nurses in a Masters or Doctoral nursing program with an emphasis on administration or management for the upcoming school year.

Online Nursing Programs awards $500 to a student currently enrolled in a nursing or related health care administration degree program.

Promise of Nursing Regional Faculty Fellowship awards $1,000 to $7,500 to students committed to the nurse educator role. This scholarship is offered through The Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association.

Sigma Theta Tau International/The Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science awards one $5,000 research grant to encourage qualified nurses to improve the health of the world’s people through research. Eligible candidates must be a member in good standing of both STTI and CANS and hold at minimum a Master’s degree or equivalent.

Tillman Military Scholars program supports our nation’s active and veteran service members and their spouses by removing financial barriers to completing a degree program of choice. The scholarships cover not only direct study-related expenses such as tuition and fees, but also other needs, including housing and child care.

The Oncology Nursing Society Foundation awards academic scholarships specifically for students pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree or a post-master’s certificate.

The Senior Care Scholarship is available to students enrolled in a bachelor’s degree or graduate level program in any field related to gerontology, medicine, nursing, social work, or sociology at an accredited four-year university. A scholarship in the amount of $1000 each will be awarded based on their letter of introduction and a 500-word essay on why they have chosen to go into a field that will serve our aging population.

Employer Tuition Reimbursements

Many organizations offer tuition reimbursement programs. Please check with your benefits department for details.

Payment Plans

You can work with the Student Accounts office to set up a payment plan for your tuition.   Download the payment plan application here.

Questions?  Contact Student Accounts at 509-313-6812 or

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