Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP)
The purpose of NFLP is to increase the number of qualified nursing faculty to facilitate education of the nurses needed to address the nursing workforce shortage.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Nursing makes loans from a fund made possible by a grant from the Federal Government to assist registered nurses in completing their graduate education to become qualified nurse faculty. The program offers partial loan forgiveness for borrowers that graduate and serve as full-time nursing faculty for the prescribed period of time. The loan recipients may cancel 85 percent of the loan over four years in return for serving full time as faculty in any accredited school of nursing.
Students of the University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Nursing that are enrolled in our DNP or PhD degree programs are eligible as long as they meet the following criteria:
- Must be willing to commit to a full-time teaching position with an accredited nursing program within an educational institution after graduation.
- U.S. citizen or national of the U.S, or a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. and its territories,
- Enrolled full-time or part-time in an eligible program at the time the NFLP loan is established and must complete the education component(s) to prepare qualified nurse faculty,
- Be in good academic standing in an advanced nurse education program at the College, and
- Have no judgment liens entered against him/her based on the default on a federal debt, 28 U.S.C. 3201(e).
The borrower will maintain full time or part-time enrollment status for a minimum of 2 terms/semesters during an academic year while receiving the NFLP loan.
NFLP loans may be used for the cost of tuition, fees, books, lab expenses, and other reasonable education expenses.
An NFLP loan may not exceed $35,500 per student and not to exceed 5 years per student.
The NFLP application process will re-open in July 2014 for the 2014/2015 academic year.
Please check back for more information at that time.
Loans are made on a first-come first-served basis, please apply early.
The NFLP is a loan cancellation program with a service obligation for recipients of the loans. To be eligible for the maximum 85 percent cancellation, the Borrower must agree to serve as full-time nurse faculty at an accredited school of nursing for a consecutive four-year period following graduation.
Following graduation, the Borrower must submit certification of employment within a reasonable timeframe to be determined by the school.
NFLP borrowers are limited to a 12-month timeframe to establish employment as full time nurse faculty at an accredited school of nursing following graduation from the program.
If employment verification is not submitted within the 12-month period, the borrower will NOT be eligible for the loan cancellation provision.
Loan Cancellation Process
To receive loan cancellation, the Borrower must be employed full-time as nurse faculty at an accredited school of nursing for a complete year, as is defined by the employing school of nursing or 12 consecutive months. The school will cancel an amount up to 85 percent of the loan (plus interest) as follows:
Upon completion by the Borrower of each of the first, second and third year of full-time employment as a faculty member in an accredited school of nursing, the school will cancel 20 percent of the principal of, and the interest on, the amount of the unpaid loan on the first day of employment.
Upon completion by the individual of the fourth year of full-time employment as a faculty member in an accredited school of nursing, the school will cancel 25 percent of the principal of, and the interest on, the amount of the unpaid loan on the first day of employment.
To receive loan cancellation, the Borrower must submit the Request for Partial Cancellation of Loan form to the lending school at the end of each complete year of full-time employment as faculty at a school of nursing.
The beginning of the Borrower’s repayment period may be postponed only if the Borrower is employed full-time as nurse faculty at an accredited school of nursing and will request loan cancellation at the end of each complete year of this employment. To receive postponement of the repayment period, the Borrower must submit a Request for Postponement of Installment Payment form to the lending school 30 days before the end of the 9-month grace period, and annually thereafter. Subsequent requests for postponement must be filed 30 days before the expiration date of the initial request for postponement for each year of employment. If the Borrower ceases to be employed full-time as nurse faculty prior to completion of a year, the postponement ends and the repayment period begins immediately.
The grace period begins immediately following completion of the program, voluntary termination as a student, or when the borrower ceases employment as full-time nurse faculty for a period of nine (9) consecutive months. During the grace period repayment of the loan is NOT required.
The NFLP loan is repayable in equal or graduated periodic installments (with the right of the Borrower to accelerate repayment) over a 10-year period that begins 9 months after the Borrower completes the program, ceases to be enrolled as a student in the advanced nurse education program, or ceases to be employed as full-time nurse faculty.
The NFLP loan will bear interest on the unpaid balance of the loan at:
- The rate of 3 percent per annum beginning 3 months after the Borrower graduates from the program, or
- Bear interest on the unpaid balance of the loan at the prevailing market rate if the Borrower fails to complete the advanced nurse education program or when the Borrower fails to establish employment as full-time nurse faculty at accredited school of nursing.
- Borrowers employed as full-time nurse faculty at a school of nursing for a consecutive four-year period will bear interest at the rate of 3 percent for the four year period and the remaining six years of the “repayment period”.
If the borrower ceases full-time employment as nurse faculty at a school of nursing, the NFLP loan will bear interest at the prevailing market rate.
The Borrower may, at his or her option and without penalty, prepay all or any part of the principal and accrued interest on the loan at any time.
If the Borrower fails to make a scheduled repayment or fails to comply with any other term of this Promissory Note, the entire unpaid balance of the loan, including interest due and accrued and any applicable penalty charges, will, at the option of the school, become immediately due and payable.
NFLP borrowers are eligible for deferment for up to 3 years,
- When the borrower is ordered to active duty as a member of a uniformed service of the United States (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Corps, or the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps)
- A borrower who voluntarily joins a uniformed service is NOT eligible for deferment,
- Nor is a borrower who is employed by one of the uniformed services in a civilian capacity
- When the borrower that graduates and is employed, decides to return to a graduate nursing education program to pursue a doctoral degree to further their preparation as nurse faculty.
- During periods of deferment, interest on the loan continues to accrue at the prevailing market rate but is not required to be paid during this period. During the period of deferment, the borrower may repay the interest if they wish but is not required to do so.
Death and Disability
In the event of the Borrower’s total and permanent disability or death, the school will cancel any remaining payments on the Note.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Nursing may, in its discretion, place the Borrower’s NFLP loan in forbearance whenever extraordinary circumstances such as poor health or hardship temporarily affect the Borrower’s ability to make scheduled loan repayments.
During periods of forbearance, interest continues to accrue on the unpaid principal balance of the loan.
If an NFLP borrower defaults on the loan, the school must immediately stop the disbursement of the NFLP loan and begin collection on the loan. Default will occur in the following situations:
- A. Failure to complete the advanced nurse education program
- B. Loss of the status as a student in good standing, as used by the school for the advanced nurse training program
- C. Failure to become or maintain employment as a full-time faculty member at an accredited school of nursing (“full-time” has the meaning used by the employing school of nursing for its faculty)
- D. Failure to provide certification of employment
- E. Failure to make payments as required by the NFLP borrower’s Promissory Note and repayment agreement
- F. If the Borrower fails to make an installment payment when due or fails to comply with any other term of this Promissory Note
The Borrower must agree to attend an exit interview prior to completing or terminating student status at the University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Nursing.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst may disclose any delinquency or default on the Borrower's loan to credit bureaus.
Collection Agents, Litigation, and Withholding of Services
If the Borrower fails to make a scheduled repayment, or fails to comply with any other term of the Note, the University of Massachusetts Amherst may:
- Refer the Borrower's loan to a collection agent
- Initiate legal proceedings against the Borrower
- Withhold school services from the Borrower, such as transcripts and letters of recommendation
- Refer the Borrower's loan to the Secretary for collection assistance, including offset of federal salaries; and
- Pursue judicial remedies.
The Borrower must promptly inform the University of Massachusetts Amherst Bursar’s office of any change in name or address.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst will provide to the Borrower a disclosure statement regarding the financial charges on the NFLP loans (i.e., State of Rights and Responsibilities, Truth-in-Lending.)