Federal Nurse Faculty Loan Program
The Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) is a loan forgiveness program that prepares and trains qualified nurse educators to fill vacancies and serve as full-time nursing faculty for the prescribed period of time. The purpose of the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) is to increase the number of qualified nursing faculty to facilitate education of the nurses needed to address the current nursing workforce shortage. The NFLP is funded through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and is administered by California Baptist University.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much can I receive in NFLP funding?
The number and amount of NFLP loans is limited by the amount of funding provided to the institution by the Department of Health and Human Services. The maximum amount of the loan is $25,000 per year and cannot exceed 5 years of support; the actual amount awarded to a student will depend upon their enrollment and other funding sources.
I am also getting tuition reimbursement from my employer. Can I receive NFLP at the same time?
You may cover your education costs with a number of funding sources, however you cannot use NFLP to cover the same charges that are being covered by tuition remission/reimbursement or a tuition scholarship.
Can I use the NFLP loan funds to pay my rent while in school?
NFLP loans are awarded for tuition, required fees, and standard book expenses only. NFLP loans do not include stipend support (i.e., living expenses, student transportation, room/board, personal expenses). However, students may apply for support from other federal programs (Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan Program, Graduate PLUS Loan Program) when completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov.
I had NFLP at a previous institution. Will CBU automatically renew an NFLP loan for me?
An NFLP loan is not transferrable between schools. You must reapply for consideration at CBU.
I’m a DNP student. What coursework must I complete, in addition to my prescribed program, to meet the specified education coursework requirement?
You should discuss with the Nursing Department which courses or approved educational component you will need to take in addition to your DNP program requirements in order to fulfill the terms of the NFLP loan.
Am I required to borrow the full amount I have been awarded?
Students can borrow all, part, or none of the NFLP loan funds they have been awarded. You are, however, required to notify the Financial Aid Office of whether you accept or decline the loan funds being offered to you.
What if my enrollment plans change after I have been awarded an NFLP loan?
The amount you can receive in NFLP is directly dependent upon the number of credits for which you enroll. Students are initially awarded NFLP based upon anticipated fall and spring semester enrollment. Therefore, if you decrease the number of credits you take, your NFLP loan will also be decreased. If you increase the number of credits you take, your NFLP loan may be increased dependent upon available funding at that time.
What is the definition of “full time” nurse faculty employment under the NFLP terms?
“Full time” employment is defined by the lending institution as a 30 hour work week (.75 FTE equivalent). “Nurse Faculty” is defined as an academic educator (faculty) or a clinical educator/instructor role at an accredited school of nursing or an accredited health facility.
Students may combine part-time positions in the above areas to fulfill the full time employment stipulation.