Financial Aid for Graduate Nursing Program
Financial aid options for graduate nursing students include:
- Nurses Educational Funds, Inc. Scholarships
- STEPS Funding
Georgia College & State University is now a recipient of STEPS (Supporting Technologically Enhanced DNP Studies) funding. The goal of the STEPS program is to prepare USG nursing faculty at the doctoral level.
Georgia College is currently accepting applications for our next cohort which begins each year with summer semester.
This is a 5 semester post-master’s program which requires 500 faculty precepted clinical hours. For interested faculty members who did not obtain 500 hours in the MSN degree, there are options available to obtain the additional required hours.
Additional information on the STEPS Initiative
This is a partnership between sister-institutions within the University System of Georgia (USG) and is aimed at keeping master’s prepared faculty members connected with the USG institution where they currently teach while allowing them to attain their Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at Georgia College. The STEPS project allows participating faculty members to remain in their “home” institution, take their doctoral classes online, and continue to provide leadership and didactic classroom stability at home.
In the STEPS project, funding is given directly to the “home” institution. The DNP Student and the program dean/director collaborate to determine how to best utilize the funding to support the individual’s doctoral studies, preferably through the hiring of PTI(s) to release the DNP student (faculty member) from clinical teaching to pursue doctoral work. Funding for the first year is $25,000 and $10,000 for the second year. The clinical “buy-off” requires the student to be involved in fulltime doctoral studies.
Master’s prepared nurse faculty members at USG institutions who are pursuing a DNP at Georgia College.
- Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship
Each year, the School of Nursing at GC applies to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for the Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship. The Traineeship provides money to graduate students who are in their final two semesters of study in any of the graduate nursing majors offered at GC. The amount of financial support to students depends on how much funding is provided by HRSA and how many students are eligible for aid. The Traineeship is awarded each July to GC to support tuition for fall and spring semesters.
Dr. Deborah MacMillan
Assistant Director Graduate Program
School of Nursing
Macon Graduate Center
Macon, GA 31201
478-752-1074 - office
478-747-0986 - cell