The Nursing School Grant Program
The purpose of the Nursing School Grant Program is to increase the number of
registered nurses graduating from Illinois institutions of higher learning. The
Nursing School Grant Program will award grants in 2 categories: Expansion Grants
and Improvement Grants. Eligible nursing programs include Associate Degrees in
Nursing (ADN), Registered Nursing to Baccalaureate Degree Completion Programs
(RN-BSN), and Baccalaureate Degrees in Nursing (BSN). Programs must meet
accreditation requirements and other eligibility criteria. Expansion grants and
Improvement grants shall be determined in a competitive process and will be
awarded on the basis of NCLEX-RN pass rates and other performance criteria.
Expansion Grant funds may be used to hire faculty, develop new programs and
increase classroom space to expand capacity. Improvement grant awards will be
much smaller award amounts and may be used to purchase classroom materials,
increase academic support services, or make curriculum modifications to increase
retention and licensing exam pass rates.
Please note that only nursing schools are eligible for this grant. For information about financial aid for students interested in nursing, go to Illinois Student Assistance Commission (www.isac.org) and the Illinois Center for Nursing (nursing.illinois.gov/financial.asp).