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
      • 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.
    • Applicants who apply after the priority deadline will be considered to the extent that funding is available.

    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, your High School Academic Record Report and Transcript Request and your high school transcript must be submitted directly from your high school to the Delaware Higher Education Office. Students are responsible for ensuring that their school provides these forms by the deadline.
      3. If you have 12 or more college credits, your College Grade Release Form must be submitted directly from your college to the Delaware Higher Education Office. Students are responsible for ensuring that their school provides this form by the deadline.