Nurse Education Assistance Loan Program (NEALP)

Important Announcements:

  • NEALP accounts are able to be accessed at this link. If you have an account and forgot your password, click on the “Forgot Your Password” link below the Existing Users login section, and follow the steps. If additional assistance is needed, contact the NEALP Program Manager at lreed@highered.ohio.gov or by calling 614-466-3561.
  • The 2021-2022 application period has closed, but students will be able to apply for the 2022-2023 school year after January 1, 2022, with a deadline of July 15, 2022.

 

What is NEALP?

The Nurse Education Assistance Loan Program (NEALP) provides financial assistance to Ohio students enrolled for at least half-time study (or accepted for enrollment) in an approved Ohio nurse education program. NEALP provides funding for nurses who intend to serve as instructors or students who intend to serve as nurses after graduation.

NEALP for: Future Nurses | Future Instructors

 

The Nurse Education Assistance Loan Program Information for Future Nurses

  • Nurse Education Assistance Loan Program funding for Future Nurses.
  • Provides financial assistance to Ohio students enrolled for at least half-time study (or accepted for enrollment) in approved Ohio pre-licensure nurse education program who intend to serve as nurses after graduation.
  • Funding Type: Loan.
  • Funding is provided by an educational surcharge on the biennial licensure renewal fee paid by all licensed LPN’s and RN’s.
  • Annual award for the 2021-2022 academic year is $1,620/year.
  • Awards based on EFC.
  • Recipient must serve as a fulltime nurse in Ohio for five years to qualify for 100 percent loan cancellation.

About the Program

The Nurse Education Assistance Loan Program (NEALP) was created by the Ohio General Assembly in 1990. The purpose of NEALP is to assist the state in meeting nursing shortages by providing financial assistance to Ohio students enrolled for at least half-time study (or accepted for enrollment) in approved Ohio pre-licensure nurse education program who intend to serve as nurses after graduation. The annual award for the most recent academic year was $1,620/year. In exchange, to qualify for loan cancellation, recipients must be employed full-time as a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse in the State of Ohio for a minimum of five years after graduation.

Note: Due to limited funding available and the continued abundance of practicing LPNs, NEALP will once again make awards only to RN and higher nursing degrees and the Masters of Nursing instructor candidates. 

Steps to Apply

  1. Go here to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. 
  2. Go here and follow the instructions to complete the NEALP application process. 
    (Please Note: NEALP does not automatically renew; students need to reapply annually)

Feel free to call 614-466-3561 with any questions.

NEALP Awarding

Applicants will be awarded NEALP funding based on information received from the applicant’s institution, FAFSA data, and information from the NEALP application. Applicants are ranked based on FAFSA data, those that demonstrate the highest level of need are awarded first. Awarding continues from the next neediest student until funds are depleted for the year. If sufficient funds are available, as determined by the Ohio Department of Higher Education, loan assistance will be awarded to all eligible applicants. Loans may be awarded for a maximum of twelve quarters or eight semesters or the equivalent. The total aggregate loan amount shall not exceed twelve thousand dollars. 

Eligibility Requirements

An applicant must:

  • Be an Ohio resident.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident.
  • Be enrolled in or be accepted for enrollment approved nurse education programs in Ohio colleges, universities, hospitals, or vocational schools.
  • Not be in default or owe a refund to any Federal Financial Aid program.
  • Maintain an academic record which places the student in good academic standings within the institution.

Is There a Deadline?

Students may apply after January 1 and before July 15th of each year. Notification of acceptance or denial for NEALP funding will be sent the first week of September.

 

The Nurse Education Assistance Loan Program Information for Future Nurse Instructors

  • Nurse Education Assistance Loan Program funding for Future Instructors.
  • Provides financial assistance to Ohio registered nurses enrolled in approved Ohio post-licensure nurse education programs who intend to serve as nurse faculty after graduation.
  • Funding Type: Loan.
  • Funding is provided by an educational surcharge on the biennial licensure renewal fee paid by all licensed LPN’s and RN’s.
  • Minimum Award is $5,000/year.
  • Annual award for the 2021-2022 academic year is $6,000/year.
  • Recipient must serve as a nurse faculty member in Ohio for four years to qualify for 100 percent loan cancellation.

About the Program

The Nurse Education Assistance Loan Program (NEALP) was created by the Ohio General Assembly in 1990. The purpose of NEALP is to assist the state in meeting nursing shortages by providing financial assistance to students enrolled in approved post licensure nurse education programs in Ohio. NEALP provides at least $5,000 or more (depending on the number of eligible applicants) per year. In exchange, to qualify for loan cancellation, recipients must be employed as a faculty member instructing licensed practical nursing and/or registered nursing course work to future nurses in the State of Ohio for a minimum of four years after graduation.

Note: Due to limited funding available and the continued abundance of practicing LPNs, NEALP will once again make awards only to RN and higher nursing degrees and the Masters of Nursing instructor candidates. 

Steps to Apply

  1. Go here to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. 
  2. Go here and follow the instructions to complete the NEALP application process. 
    (Please Note: NEALP does not automatically renew; students need to reapply annually)

Feel free to call 614-466-3561 with any questions.

NEALP Awarding

Applicants will be awarded NEALP funding based on information received from the applicant’s institution, FAFSA data, and information from the NEALP application. Applicants are ranked based on FAFSA data, those that demonstrate the highest level of need are awarded first. Awarding continues from the next neediest student until funds are depleted for the year. If sufficient funds are available, as determined by the Ohio Department of Higher Education, loan assistance will be awarded to all eligible applicants. Each applicant must commit to accepting a faculty teaching position upon graduation and must teach at a participating university within the State of Ohio for no less than four years following graduation. Loans may be awarded for a maximum of twelve quarters or eight semesters or the equivalent. The total aggregate loan amount shall not exceed twelve thousand dollars.

Eligibility Requirements

An applicant must:

  • Be an Ohio resident.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident.
  • Be a registered nurse.
  • Be enrolled in or be accepted for enrollment in a participating university Master’s degree nurse education program prior to receiving NEALP funds.
  • Provide a letter of intent stating that the applicant will serve as a faculty teaching instructor upon graduation and must teach at a participating university within the state of Ohio for no less than four (4) years following graduation. 
  • Not be in default or owe a refund to any Federal Financial Aid program.
  • Maintain an academic record which places the student in good academic standings within the institution.

Is There a Deadline?

Students may apply after January 1 and before July 15 of each year. Notification of acceptance or denial for NEALP funding will be sent by the first week in September.

 

Requirements of NEALP Recipients

To qualify for loan forgiveness the borrower must secure full-time employment in the direct clinical practice of nursing in Ohio, or as a faculty member for a prelicensure or postlicensure program for nursing, within a period not to exceed six months following graduation from the approved nurse education program.

  • Student must annually submit a work verification form to the NEALP Program Manager. Submissions can be sent via fax to 614.466.5866, US Postal Mail to: 25 S. Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215, or by email to the NEALP program manager, Lisa Reed: lreed@highered.ohio.gov. Please do not send any personally identifiable information (PII) via email, such as your social security number.
  • The NEALP Work Verification Form can be found here (PDF)
  • The NEALP Student Inquiry Form can be found here (PDF)

Student must contact NEALP Program Manager, if any of the following occur:

  • Student fails to enroll in a nursing program for a period for which the loan was intended;
  • Graduates, drops to less than half-time status or withdraws from school;
  • Graduates earlier than anticipated;
  • Has a change or extension in their course of study;
  • Secures full-time employment as a nurse.

The NEALP award amount is required to be repaid, in full with interest, to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, if one or more of the following occur:

  • Borrower drops out of school without approved deferment;
  • Borrower is not in good academic standing for more than two consecutive terms;
  • Borrower drops out of the approved nurse education program;
  • Borrower fails to complete the total service obligation.

 

FAQs

Questions most frequently asked by applicant and/or recipient about the Nurse Education Assistance Loan Program (NEALP).  Click on question below to view its answer::

Do I need to notify my school if I am awarded?

No, the school's financial aid office will be notified by our office of all awarded NEALP recipients.

What are the requirements while receiving the NEALP loan?

NEALP recipients must be enrolled in their nursing program at least half-time status or more in any given term and meeting the school’s academic progress in order to be eligible for the loan (speak with school official if you require more details). If you should drop below half-time status, withdrawal from school and/or the nursing program, or graduate with your nursing degree, please contact the NEALP program manager.

How will I receive the funding?

The funding is sent directly to the school to be applied towards educational expenses on your account. 

When will I receive my funding?

Institutions may start submitting an electronic request for funding 15 days after the start of each term and their request window remains open 30 days after the end of the term.  Each institution, however, makes the determination when they will request funds during their open window. It may take 7-14 days from the request for the school to receive the funding and apply to your account.  You may also log into your NEALP account to view disbursement activity.

Is NEALP funding available for summer term?

No, NEALP funding is only available for the fall, winter (if applicable), spring terms.

Can I receive all the NEALP award in one term?

No, the NEALP award is split equally among the terms.

Can I transfer to another institution during the year?

Yes, awarded NEALP students now have the option to switch institutions during the academic year by contacting the ODHE - NEALP Program Manager via email to request a transfer. Students may only receive one disbursement of NEALP per term and must adhere to the term and annual award amount maximums. This may result in a student receiving less than the posted annual award amount when switching to an institution with a different term type (quarter or semester).

What if I was awarded but decided that I am not interested in the NEALP loan?

Notify your school’s financial aid advisor and send notification via email to the NEALP program manager requesting to cancel the loan.

Do I need to re-apply every year?

Yes, NEALP is not a renewable loan. A new application is needed every year you are interested in participating. The application period is January 1– July 15 every year.

Do I need to make any payments while in school?

No, NEALP loans do not go into repayment as long as NEALP requirements are being fulfilled.  See requirements under “Requirements of NEALP Recipient” on this website.

I graduated from my nursing program. What are my next steps?

Notify the NEALP program manager via email with your graduation date and current status information such as passed nursing exam, still in school, secured employment, etc. so your NEALP account can be properly updated.

After receiving the NEALP loan, I have secured employment as a nurse or nurse instructor in Ohio. What are my requirements for NEALP loan forgiveness?

You and your employer will need to complete the NEALP Work Verification form so you can start working towards loan forgiveness.  The PDF attachment of the NEALP Work Verification form is located on this website under “Requirements of NEALP Recipient”.  You will need to complete this step annually around the same time each year, for each employer, until you have 5 full years of full-time employment or 4 full years of nurse instruction for the MNE NEALP loan.  Then your loan will be forgiven 100%! 

I am no longer working in Ohio but my NEALP loan is not forgiven. What are my next steps?

Notify the NEALP program manager with the details via email within 30 days of any changes.

How do I update my personal information, such as email, address, phone number, etc.?

You may log into your NEALP student account under “Existing Users" and update your personal information.