by Cassie Moore, ACNM writer and editor
It’s fall, the
leaves are blowing off the trees, and midwifery students are back in school
juggling books, theory, and integration along with their families, jobs, and other
pressing details of life—all of which can leave anyone strapped for cash. As
blogger At Your Cervix
writes, grad school ain’t cheap. So here’s a little refresher on some options
for paying for school or paying back student loans.
- Contact the financial aid officer at the schools
you are considering attending. They are professionals at finding scholarships,
loans, and other forms of assistance and can be a very valuable resource.
- Congress appropriates millions of dollars for a variety of
programs supporting students, including loans/ scholarships for eligible
applicants and service paybacks for those who work in underserved/rural areas.
Extensive information on federal funds can be found at the Health Resources and
Services Administration (HRSA) Web site.
- ACNM also updates a Web page with other scholarship opportunities here.
- The Indian Health Service (IHS) is committed to encouraging
American Indians and Alaska Natives to enter the health professions and assuring
the availability of Indian health professionals to serve Indians. The IHS recruits students for the following programs: The Indian
Health Professions Preparatory Scholarships; the Indian Health Professions
Pregraduate Scholarships; and the Indian Health Professions Scholarships. More
information is available at www.ihs.gov/JobsCareerDevelop/DHPS/Scholarships/learn_more.cfm.
- The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) offers a loan repayment program
to nurse-midwives and other health care professionals that commit to working in
underserved areas across the country. The Scholarship Program offers payment of
tuition and fees, books, supplies, and equipment for up to four years of
education, and a monthly stipend. In return, for each year of support, the recipient
must serve one year in a federally designated health professional shortage area
of greatest need. For Scholarship information or a Loan Repayment application,
call the NHSC Helpline at 1-800-221-9393 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out more about this program, visit http://nhsc.hrsa.gov.
- Create your own source of funding. If you can demonstrate the need for nurse-midwifery
services in your community, a local hospital, clinic or private practice may be
willing to support you in full or part in return for a practice commitment.
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