Nursing Student Loan Forgiveness Program (Florida)

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To Be Eligible …

The Florida Legislature established the Nursing Student Loan Forgiveness Program (NSLFP) in 1989 to encourage qualified personnel to seek employment in areas of the state where critical nursing shortages exist. The program provides funds to assist in the repayment of nursing education loans.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant must: 

  • Be licensed as an LPN, RN, or ARNP in the state of Florida
  • Have loans incurred toward a nursing education
  • Work full-time at one of the designated employment sites established in Section 1009.66, Florida Statutes (listed below)
Designated Employment Sites and Facilities
  • State of Florida operated medical and healthcare facilities
  • Public schools
  • Department of Health county health departments
  • Federally sponsored community health centers
  • Teaching hospitals*
  • Family practice teaching hospitals*
  • Specialty hospitals for children*
  • Match facilities – Other Florida licensed hospitals, birth centers and nursing homes must be matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis by contributions from the employing institutions.

    * As defined by statute

Loan Payment
  • From funds available, the program may make nursing education loan repayments of up to $4000 per year, per nurse enrolled in the program, for a maximum of four years.
  • Payment is made at the end of each 12 month enrollment period and made directly to the participant’s lender.
  • Enrollment and payment of awards is based on available funds.
Loans That Qualify
  • Stafford loans
  • Grad PLUS loans
  • Consolidation loans
  • Perkins loans
  • Private student loans

Only loans obtained to cover nursing educational expenses or living expenses while studying nursing are eligible.

Next Steps

You can find the application for this program here.

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