Nursing school is a competitive yet growing field in health care. With the rising cost of a college education, getting a tuition waiver to attend nursing school for free helps you receive an education without adding debt. Filling out your Federal Application for Student Aid as soon as you decide you want to return to school is the first step in getting your tuition waiver approved. If you're unemployed or were outsourced, you may qualify for a tuition waiver for nursing school.

Step 1

Research tuition waivers to determine what situation applies to you. You can find information through your unemployment office or the financial aid office at the nursing college you plan on attending.

Step 2

Determine whether you're eligible for tuition waivers. Unemployment may qualify you at some schools for a waiver. If you're unemployed because of job outsourcing, you may be able to take advantage of a special program for that type of displaced worker. Students who have low incomes also have the ability to qualify for tuition waivers for nursing school.

Step 3

Discuss your tuition waiver eligibility with the nursing school or the unemployment office to determine whether you qualify and find out whether they have additional options available to you. Bring supporting paperwork such as tax documents, unemployment files and a completed FAFSA with you.

Step 4

Apply for the nursing colleges that you feel best meet your needs educationally and financially. The school has staff who can help with paperwork, class selection and waiver forms.


Lying about your financial situation renders you ineligible for aid and may cause possible prosecution.


Most waivers require you to maintain a specific grade point average to keep your waiver.

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