Nursing Incentive Program

  • Eligibility requirements:

    • Legal residents of Delaware .
    • U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens .
    • Full-time students enrolled in an accredited program leading to certification as an RN or LPN.
    • High school seniors must rank in upper half of class with at least a 2.5 cumulative, unweighted GPA .
    • Undergraduates must have at least a cumulative 2.5 GPA.
    • Current state employees do not have to be Delaware residents and may be considered for prorated awards if enrolled part-time.
    • RNs with five or more years of state service may enroll in a BSN program on a full- or part-time basis.


    • Loan not to exceed cost of tuition, mandatory fees, and other direct educational expenses .
    • Renewable for up to three additional years with a cumulative 2.75 GPA.
    • Loan forgiveness provision at a rate of one year of employment at a state-owned hospital or clinic for one year of loan:
      • Governor Bacon Health Center
      • Emily P. Bissell Hospital (now closed)
      • Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill
      • Delaware Psychiatric Center
      • Delaware Veterans Home
      • Stockley Center


    • The application opens April 1, 2018 and the deadline to receive all application materials is 4:30 p.m. on June 4, 2018.

    To apply:

    • You can apply online by completing the application on the Delaware Higher Education Office's secure Student Account Access site. First-time users must establish an account and provide a valid email and mailing address before proceeding to the application.
    • Incomplete applications cannot be processed. You must provide all of the required information:

      1. Completed application, including activities.
      2. If you are a high school senior, or have less than 12 college credits please forward a copy of your unofficial high school transcript to the Delaware Higher Education Office at: by the deadline.
      3. If you have 12 or more college credits, please forward a copy of your most recent unofficial transcript to the Delaware Higher Education Office at: by the deadline.
Last Modified on February 23, 2018