Because of the generosity of friends and alumni, the School of Nursing is excited to offer students the opportunity to receive financial support in the form of scholarships. The process to receive scholarship funds is dependent on the program in which you are enrolled.

Scholarship Application Process

Each degree program has a specific process for students to apply and potentially obtain School of Nursing scholarships. Regardless of which degree a student is pursuing, the School of Nursing requires students who wish to receive scholarships, to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). A successfully submitted FAFSA application must be completed and the University of Minnesota Office of Student Finance must receive the information in order for the student to be considered for School of Nursing scholarships.

International students or students with questions or concerns about FAFSA eligibility are encouraged to contact the Office of Student and Career Advancement Services at for more information.

Please note: MN and PhD students, as well as DNP students who have been awarded a Bentson scholarship will not this scholarship process. Their awards are provided at the time of admissions. Additionally, BSN students who were admitted directly into the degree program in fall 2020, and fall 2021 do not complete this process because their scholarship awards are provided at the time of admissions. 

External Scholarships & Funding

Students should pursue all avenues to obtain financial support to fund their nursing education. There are many opportunities in which money can be secured externally through professional organizations, non-profits, government agencies, or corporations.

External Scholarships & Funding


Application available: Mid-March. Students eligible to apply will receive an email with more information.

Application deadlines:

  • BSN - June 4, 2021
  • MN - N/A
  • DNP - May 17, 2021
  • PhD - N/A

Award Notification: July 2021
MN students - at the time of admission
PhD students receive full funding for first two years. No specific scholarship application is needed.

Contact us

If you are a student (prospective, new, or current) and have questions regarding the scholarship application or awarding process, please contact the Office of Student and Career Advancement Services:

More specific information regarding University of Minnesota scholarships is located on the One Stop Student Services website.