UW System nursing students to help fight against COVID-19

MADISON (WKBT) — The University of Wisconsin System has a new incentive for students with nursing skills and other health backgrounds to help hospitals fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

About 1,000 students will be eligible for a $500 tuition incentive for working in hospitals and other health care settings. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is providing $500,000 for the incentive and the UW System is working on getting additional funding for the program.

“The new variant threatens to overwhelm our health care system,” UW System President Tommy Thompson said. “Our students have stepped up in the past, and this is another opportunity for them to gain valuable experience while helping Wisconsin combat the latest coronavirus wave.”

A $500 tuition refund will be provided to students who meet the following criteria:

  • Must be enrolled at a University of Wisconsin System campus during the Spring 2022 semester.
  • Must work a minimum of 50 hours in a Wisconsin clinical or health care setting, such as a hospital, clinic, nursing home, long-term care facility, state or local health care facility, or state veterans home, between December 1, 2021, and February 28, 2022.
  • Must meet health care licensure and certification requirements, such as a Registered Nurse (RN), Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Certified Medical Assistant (CMA), Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Emergency Medical Technician (CEMT), or Nurse Aid.

To receive the tuition reimbursement, students must present a letter from their employer verifying the type of work and the hours worked by March 31, 2022. Students who qualify will receive a $500 tuition refund at the end of the Spring 2022 semester. Students may receive only one $500 tuition refund regardless of the number of hours worked beyond the 50-hour minimum. Depending upon demand and available funding, lower tuition reimbursement amounts may be necessary.

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