Healthcare’s rapid growth means ample opportunities for qualified nurses. Continued high demand for nurses makes nursing school a great educational choice that can really pay off. By enrolling in an RN to BSN degree program, you’ll enjoy expanded career options and the potential to access to higher-paying jobs.
While nursing school is a great investment in your future, the cost of tuition, books and materials can be considerable. You can make it easier to pay for nursing school by researching grants you may be eligible for. For example, Florida residents have access to the Florida Resident Access Grant (FRAG), which is awarded by the State of Florida to undergraduates enrolled in an eligible private, non-profit Florida institution. FRAG is non-need based, which means a student’s financial needs are not considered when a grant is awarded. For the 2010-11 academic year, the maximum award amount is $2,425. If you are considering nursing school or thinking about entering an online RN to BSN degree program, read on to learn all about FRAG.
FRAG Eligibility Requirements
FRAG funds are awarded twice a year, in fall and spring. The FRAG program provides tuition assistance under the following eligibility requirements:
- Students (or a parent if student is a dependent) must be a Florida resident for a minimum of 12 consecutive months prior to the beginning of the academic term for which funds are requested. So, if you’re planning on starting college classes in September of 2012, you must be a Florida resident on or before September 1, 2011 through August 31, 2012.
- Students must be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens.
- Students must be enrolled for at least 12 credits per term at an eligible Florida college or university.
- Students must not owe a repayment or be in default under any state or federal grant, loan or scholarship program. If satisfactory repayment arrangements have been made, the student may apply for FRAG.
- The student cannot have a bachelor’s degree. FRAG is for students working on their first bachelor’s degree.
- To continue receiving FRAG funds in subsequent school years, students must maintain a minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA and complete 12 credits for each term he or she received the FRAG.
- FRAG can be awarded for a maximum of nine semesters or 14 quarters.
Apply for FRAG in Two Easy Steps
It’s easy to apply for a FRAG grant. Just obtain and fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and a FRAG application, which you can find at the eligible education institution of your choice. Return both forms prior to the due date to the school’s financial aid office. That’s it!
FRAG Questions? Ask Your Enrollment Advisors
Enrolling in an RN to BSN degree program can lead to countless opportunities for an exciting and rewarding career as a nurse. It makes sense to apply for the funds provided by FRAG to help pay your nursing school tuition. In the 2009-10 academic year, 38,674 students received FRAG awards with an average award amount of $2,175. If you have additional questions about eligibility requirements or applying for the FRAG, just contact an enrollment advisor at your nursing school.