PITTSBURGH – UPMC is launching a new program to make it more affordable for student nurses to complete their education and join the workforce. The UPMC Schools of Nursing Tuition Loan Forgiveness program will help alleviate financial obstacles for students pursuing a nursing career.
Starting January 2023, students who enroll and successfully complete their first semester at a UPMC School of Nursing location and meet academic requirements are eligible to receive up to $7,000 per semester in tuition loan forgiveness for all remaining semesters, with a commitment to work three years at a UPMC facility following graduation.
“The UPMC Schools of Nursing allow future nurses to learn alongside the best of the best, and this program will help remove some of the financial obstacles future nurses face” says Maribeth McLaughlin, chief nurse executive, UPMC. UPMC is committed to helping develop future nurses by investing in programs like this to support nursing education. This program makes UPMC Schools of Nursing more accessible to prospective students. UPMC Schools of Nursing also offer flexible programs for students seeking employment around their class schedules at various UPMC facilities.
UPMC has six hospital-based nursing schools that combine clinical experiences with exceptional academics, with campuses at UPMC Hamot, UPMC Harrisburg, UPMC Jameson, UPMC Mercy, UPMC St. Margaret and UPMC Shadyside. UPMC Schools of Nursing allow students to earn a nursing diploma in as little as 16 months at a cost that is less than the average cost of one year of college tuition. Graduates who are working at a UPMC facility also can receive tuition reimbursement if they choose to pursue a BSN.
UPMC Schools of Nursing also participate in grant and loan programs for students with financial need and have full accreditation and approval from the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.
Students interested in enrolling for the upcoming academic year should apply to UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing campus by Oct. 31, 2022, to begin classes in spring 2023. Students should apply to any of the six UPMC Schools of Nursing campuses by June 1, 2023, to begin classes in fall 2023. Learn more and submit your interest at UPMC.com/nursingschool.
Other UPMC initiatives to increase pathways for opportunities and growth include:
$10,000 graduate nurse sign-on bonus, with two-year employment commitment
Monthly loan repayment program to inpatient/procedural, surgical services, and ED RNs, graduating through 2023
Creation of UPMC Travel Staffing, an internal travel staffing agency to provide support for frontline caregivers in the areas of nursing, surgical technologists, and echocardiography sonographers.