In the fall of 2013, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing (MMDSON) was awarded federal funding for graduate nursing students through the Nurse Faculty Loan Program. Funding is available for students enrolled in the MSN Program.
The federally-funded Nursing Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) can make graduate school more affordable for those students planning to become full-time teaching nursing faculty. Graduates with NFLP loans who accept and maintain a full-time faculty position at any U.S. accredited school of nursing could have up to 85% of their loan forgiven.
The NFLP is designed to increase the number of qualified nursing faculty needed to address the current U.S. nursing workforce shortage. The program provides funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to schools of nursing, including the Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing (MMDSON), to support the establishment and operation of a NFLP loan fund.
Qualified students may be enrolled full-time or part-time in advanced degree nursing programs. The NFLP offers partial loan forgiveness for borrowers that graduate and serve as full-time nursing faculty at an accredited school of nursing within 9 months of graduation.
Loan recipients may cancel up to 20 percent of the NFLP loan and interest per year for a maximum of 85 percent of the total NFLP loan in return for serving as full-time teaching nursing faculty in any U.S. accredited school of nursing. For example:
Percentage of loan canceled for each continuous year of being a full-time teaching faculty member at any U.S. accredited school of nursing
Recipients can receive financial awards for the academic year to offset a portion of the cost of tuition, books, fees, room and board, transportation, and other reasonable educational expenses as determined by the MMDSON.
Awards may be renewable for a maximum of five years and may not exceed $35,500 per student, per year. This program is contingent upon ongoing federal funding and therefore subject to change.
- A U.S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident. A student who is in the United States on a student or visitor's visa is not eligible for a NFLP loan.
- Committed to assuming a full-time faculty position in any U.S. accredited school of nursing.
- Good academic standing with a 3.0 cumulative GPA for the current degree program.
- Maintain continuous enrollment for two consecutive terms during the academic year. (i.e., fall/winter, spring/summer)
- Enrolled at least half-time (4-6 credits/semester) in a qualifying MMDSON program that offers an education component(s) to prepare qualified nurse faculty.
- Complete the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education.
In addition, a student must:
- Have a completed, appropriate year, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with CDU Office of Financial Aid.
- Have no judgment liens entered against him/her based on the default of a Federal debt, 28 U.S.C. 3201 (e).
- Agree that by applying for the loan, he/she gives CDU permission to check his/her records on Federal Student Aid's National Student Loan Data System and the General Service Administration's Excluded Party List web sites.
Student resources to determine loan need
- CDU tuition and fee information
- Private Education Loan Applicant Self-Certification form (PDF)
- CDU Solicitation Disclosure with Loan Interest Rate and Fees, Examples, Other Loan Alternatives form (PDF)
- CDU Net Price Calculator
- CDU Office of Budget, Planning, and Analysis
A student who wishes to be considered for a NFLP loan must:
- Obtain an application from MMDSON, complete and submit the appropriate MMDSON Financial Aid Request form for his/her program.
- Submit a completed FAFSA. NFLP loans are not need-based; however, a completed FAFSA is part of the federal approval process for this program.
Please contact below CDU Financial Aid Office or MMDSON for additional information about the application process.
Office: (323) 563-5826
Dr. Ebere Ume, Associate Dean, MMDSON
NFLP Program Director
Office: (323) 568-3329
Borrower rights and responsibilities
A student granted a NFLP loan must:
- Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Maintain at least part-time (4-6 credits/semester) student status.
- Maintain enrollment for a minimum of two consecutive semesters.
- Sign a promissory note and a Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.
- Complete his/her specified educational program (M.S.N. with teaching certificate) within 5 years of initial funding.
- Follow the application procedures each year continued funding is desired (as required by HHS). Funding is contingent upon ongoing federal funding.
- If the borrower gains full-time or two part-time nurse faculty position(s) within 12 months of graduation at any U.S. accredited school of nursing as a teaching faculty member, the borrower can cancel up to a maximum of 85 percent of the total NFLP loan (year 1: 20 percent; year 2: 20 percent; year 3: 20 percent; year 4: 25 percent).
- The borrower must serve as full-time nurse faculty for a consecutive four-year period at any U.S. accredited school of nursing following graduation from the program to cancel the maximum amount of the loan.
- The borrower is responsible for requesting cancellation annually. Verification of employment must be submitted to the MMDSON Office of Student Affairs within 12 months following graduation or the borrower will not be eligible for the loan cancellation provision.
- Those who fail to become full-time faculty members, at a single institution or two part-time faculty members within 12 months of graduation, or take a leave from school, must repay the loan with interest at the prevailing market rate. Loan repayment begins after a 9-month grace period following graduation.
- Interest accrues on the NFLP loan at a rate of 3% per annum, beginning 3 months after the borrower ceases to be an enrolled in their graduate nursing program.
- If the Borrower fails to complete the advanced nurse education program OR fails to serve as a nurse faculty member for a consecutive 4 year period, interest will be charged at the prevailing market rate.
- The prevailing market rate is determined by the U.S. Treasury Department and is published quarterly in the Federal Register. The rates are fixed.
Deferment options under the NFLP are limited:
- NFLP borrowers who are ordered to active duty as a member of a uniformed service of the United States (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Corps, Peace Corps, or the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps) are eligible for deferment for up to 3 years. A borrower who voluntarily joins a uniformed service is NOT ELIGIBLE for deferment, nor is a borrower who is employed by one of the uniformed services in a civilian capability.
- NFLP borrowers who graduate and are employed, and decide to return to a graduate nursing education program to pursue a doctoral degree to further their preparation as nurse faculty may request deferment of payment for up to 3 years.
- A lending school may, based on its discretion, place a borrower's NFLP loan in forbearance when extraordinary circumstances such as poor health or hardships temporarily affect the borrower's ability to make scheduled loan payments. Interest on the loan continues to accrue but is not payable during this period.
- Repayment /Cancellation Provisions
- The NFLP loan is repayable over 10 years. Repayment begins nine months after graduation from the advanced nursing program (or when a borrower ceases to be enrolled in the program, or terminates employment as full-time faculty at a school of nursing).
- The NFLP is a direct loan program with cancellation provisions. Up to 85% of the loan may be cancelled if the student fulfills specific requirements.
- Borrowers who fail to become a full-time faculty member at an approved school of nursing by the end of the 9 month grace period will be required to pay back the loan at the prevailing market rate at that time.
This occurs when the recipient:
- fails to meet CDU Satisfactory Academic Progress.
- fails to complete the advanced nurse education program.
- fails to attain or maintain employment as a full-time faculty member at any U.S. accredited school of nursing within 12 months of graduation.
- fails to notify the MMDSON Office of Student Affairs of gaining employment as a full-time faculty member at any U.S. accredited school of nursing within 12 months of graduation.
- fails to make payments as required by the NFLP borrower's Promissory Note and repayment agreements.
Graduation and Beyond
Borrowers should complete an "Exit Loan Questionnaire" during their final semester at the CDU and return the completed signed form to the MMDSON, NFLP Program Director.
The Office of Finance will administer all repayment activities for the Nurse Faculty Loan Program. We have contracted with Educational Computer Systems, Inc to bill and collect our NFLP Loans. ECSI has many resources that will assist not only us in the disbursement and collection of our loans, but will assist our borrowers with many features that alone we could not provide. Some of those features include:
- Electronic Promissory Notes (see sample)
- Electronic Entrance and Exit Interviews
- Account Inquiry on web
- Direct monthly payments from your checking account
- Additional payment options
- Advanced payments
- Access to Downloadable Forms such as deferment and forbearance
- Links to Federal government regulations web site
- On-line address changes
Review your signed NFLP Promissory Note and Statement of Borrower's Rights and Responsibilities for all details and obligations.