Government Affairs

Historic Funding for Nursing Education Signed into Law by President Obama

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Today, December 16, 2009, President Obama signed the FY 2010 omnibus appropriations bill into law. The Nursing Workforce Development Programs (Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act) received an historic $243.872 million in FY 2010, marking a $72.841 million increase over the FY 2009 funding level. AACN is grateful that Congress responded to our members' call to make the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) a higher funding priority this fiscal year. The NFLP will receive $25 million, a 117% increase over last year's level.

As reported last week, the National Institute of Nursing Research received a 2.7% funding increase ($145.66 million) over the FY 2009 level. AACN will continue to advocate for a stronger investment in nursing research during the FY 2011 appropriations cycle.

AACN is thrilled to share this monumental news with our members and constituents. The Nursing Community worked collaboratively to secure these funds and is in the process of developing a request for FY 2011. For an updated chart featuring the final appropriations numbers for the Nursing Workforce Development Programs and other programs of interest, see:
http://www.aacn.nche.edu/government-affairs/archives/2010/FY2010FundingChart.pdf.