Scholarship & Loan Repayment Opportunities

Pre-Nursing Specific Opportunities

Pre-Nursing students can apply for one of the many academic scholarships that South Dakota State University administers. Awards are based on academic achievement, activities participation and leadership. There are options for students who plan to transfer to SDSU from another post-secondary institution, as well as first time freshman. Apply or learn more about your options.

The Jackrabbit Guarantee program awards a minimum of $1,000 per year for up to four years to any eligible first-time student who earns an ACT score of 24 or higher on the ACT. Students must also attend the main campus in Brookings and meet minimum continuing eligibility requirements. Each year students who qualify for the Jackrabbit Guarantee must submit a new scholarship application on MyState.

College of Nursing Scholarships

Thanks in a large part to our generous donors, the College of Nursing has a number of internal scholarships available for students admitted to the nursing major. Nursing students can check out the specific awards offered by the College of Nursing on MyState.

Graduate Student Specific Opportunities

SDSU College of Nursing Opportunities

Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP)

The SDSU College of Nursing has received NFLP funding for more than a decade. This loan opportunity is made possible through grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Health Resources and Services Administration. With the NFLP opportunity, tuition and fees are funded for graduate nursing students who intend to teach in an accredited school of nursing (at a two-year or four-year institution) for four years following graduation. When the teaching requirement is fulfilled, up to 85% of the loan is forgiven. To be eligible for this program, students must take one of the four approved education courses during their graduate program. Information about NFLP funding is sent to Ph.D., M.S.-Nurse Educator and DNP students enrolled at SDSU before the start of each academic semester.

External Funding Options

This is not an all-inclusive list.
  1. Federal Financial Aid
  2. HSRA Nurse Corps Scholarship Program (Annual Spring application cycle)
  3. Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program (Annual early Spring application cycle)
  4. National Health Service Corps (Annual Spring application cycle)
  5. Loan Repayment Program (State Loan Repayment) (Annual early Spring application cycle)
  6. American Association of Colleges of Nursing
  7. South Dakota Board of Nursing - Nursing Education Assistance Loan Program
  8. South Dakota Nurses Foundation Scholarship
  9. Rita H. Walsh Scholarship (SD Nurses Foundation)
  10. Minority Fellowship Program
  11. Nurse Practitioner Scholarship (recognizes an outstanding nursing student enrolled in an accredited Nurse Practitioner (NP) program)

Students enrolled in the postgraduate certificate programs are not eligible for federal student financial aid. The non-federal alternative loan programs may be used for students meeting the lender criteria as found at (search alternative loans). For further information, please contact the SDSU financial aid office at 605-688-4695 or