Nursing  is a field in great demand. With growing needs, the health  services  and other agencies require highly qualified and trained  nurses  each year. But whether you are studying to be a nurse or qualifying yourself further, funding is a great challenge.

What you need to do is get your facts right and find out what your options are. The first option is to approach FAFSA at the institution where you want to study or are already studying. This is on a first-come first-served basis, so be sure to complete the formalities early.

Do your research well but keep your eyes open for scams. Look up the federal trade commission warnings about scholarship scams. Remember to contact your local  nursing  association, the state boards of  nursing , and the American  Nurses  Association at http://www.ana.org/. They have tons of guidance as well as information on  nursing  grants and scholarships. Another valuable online search is http://www.nursewebsearch.com/ nursing _scholarships.htm , where many opportunities are listed.

There are many  nursing  scholarships and grants available, from federal grants to private funding. There are scholarships offered by schools of  nursing , scholarships funded by agencies with specific criteria, by trusts, corporations, as well as individuals.

The criteria for eligibility vary from college to college but would generally be: applicants must be seeking admission to the first year or advanced studies in  nursing , have a minimum GPA of 3.0, be dedicated to  nursing , and have a professional attitude as well as immense amounts of positivity. Requirements would include college transcripts, letters of recommendation, an  essay  stating why the student chose  nursing  as a profession, and information of citizenship, ethnicity, and family financial status.

The US Department of Health and Human  Services  has instituted a “ nursing  scholarship program” where in exchange for two years of  service  the scholarship will give tuition, fees, other expenses like books, clinical supplies, laboratory expenses, as well as a monthly stipend.

To be eligible for a grant or scholarship, you must be clear what your goals are, what are the qualifications you plan to work for, and how much funding you need. Based on this you would need to make a list of eligible scholarships and then fill in the applications correctly, completely, and on time.