How did/do you pay for nursing school? - page 5

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Nursing school is expensive. Many people have used student loans, scholarships, VA loans, grants, and even worked through school to pay for their education. The main reason for this thread is to provide information for people... Read More


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    My parents paid for my first degree & we are still paying for my husband's BA. My loans for a private ADN program are just under $22K. I got 100% loans & about $5K in scholarships, but we were able to pay for my husband's Masters out of pocket. Prior to quitting my full time job, we built up our savings for living expenses & lived frugally on 1 income. I will start my first job in a few weeks & my employer offers new grads some tuition payback for nursing school, as well as, reimbursement for current schooling. I intend to take advantage of that when I go for my BSN. But no more student loans if I can help it!! By the time we pay off mine & hubby's, it will be time to send our kids to college!
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    I was able to secure a full scholarship to nursing school and was taken off the long wait list, thanks to a local hospital. I had an agreement to work for them for 3 years upon graduation. Unfortunately by the time I graduated they had a hiring freeze. After 90 days of not being placed within the hospital I was let go of any obligation to pay them back and was able to find a job at a different hospital. :-) The scholarship was based on my re-req grades and an interview.

    The hospital where I now work will pay in full for nursing school for any full time employee. We have lost some great CNA's to this program. ;-) They are now nurses.
    My college is affiliated with a hospital & used to offer a similar incentive just a few years ago. As the economy worsened, RN jobs were no longer guaranteed. The new grads could not get jobs at that hospital but were required to pay in full the tuition upon graduation.
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    I don't know what state offers $9000... WIA is federally funded, and the funds pool is only replenished once per year. I think that the "bucket" gets filled in July up.
    I'm in California. Yes, here the funding year also begins in July. Here's the thing: I live in a medium sized city. There are *several* career centers. Each has different funding guidelines and amounts. It may behoove a person desiring funding to call a few different centers! Oh, and to pray hard!
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    I was in my 40's when I went to LPN school and sold my prized antique 1908 Steinway Grand Piano to a doctor in Kansas City, MO. That sell paid all of my tuition then. In my 50's I decided to finish and get my RN. Not wanting to go in debt at a later age, I decided to pay as I went. So, I paid cash for a course and then saved for the next one. Yes, it took me about 3 years, but worth it not to be in debt. Yes, and I worked full time also. I am so glad to be an RN with NO DEBT! Thank you Lord!
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    Quote from PMFB-RN

    WHAT! WHAT! WHAT!

    *** Is this a typo? $24K for an LVN program? How can that be? That is just robbery. Clearly I need to start a for profit LVN program. I am shocked that anyone would pay that much to get into an oversaturated field with poor job prospects.
    I thought the point of this thread was to help others. We can only help by sharing our business, for which I was judged for sharing. I'll treat your question as legitimate, though in the interest of helping others.

    Firstly, I live in an area in which LVNs start as new grads at $21-$22/hr. After calculating health insurance, taxes and other deductions, I will be left with enough income to care for my 3 children while paying back the student loans.

    Job prospects for LVNs are decent in my area, as long as you don't limit yourself to hospitals and day shifts only.

    Secondly, my spouse left me while taking my BSN prereqs. Then he evicted us. While i wasnt working. I have chosen an accelerated LVN program so I can literally get in, get out and get a job quickly. I would have had to wait 1 more year to start the 2 year clinicals for the BSN.

    Thirdly, by completing my LVN, I'll be able to work while completing the rest of my nursing education, which I plan to be BSN and later, NP.

    Fourth, this school is one of the least expensive in my area. Even our ROP programs run 20-22,000. Another school costs 33k and another 42k. It's the price you pay in my area for private school.
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    I'm Canadian, so any links to sites that I have related to student loans won't help many of you. However, during my 4 year BSN program, I worked part time through the school year, and full time during school breaks. Our session ran from September through mid April. I worked six days most weeks from May until mid September. Very exhausting, but I lived on my own. I borrowed 45,000 in loans and received 3500 in grants. Two and a half years later, I'm debt free. Oh, and I cancelled my cable for three years. I wanted to save that money.
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    Tuition and fees for the nursing program at my community college are around $800 a semester. Books are around $300. It is in a small rural area. I am a military spouse so MyCAA (tuition assistance for spouses) paid for my tuition. Got scholarships from the school and pell grants which paid for fees, books and uniforms. Our nursing building is brand new with state-of-the art sim labs (all paid for by endowments to the school from rich people), and yes my school is accredited and I think they said that the NCLEX pass rate is around 98%. I feel very fortunate to be going to nursing school pretty much for free, especially in this uncertain economy.
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    Tuition reimbursement and a scholarship... practically free education.
    No debt.
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    I go to a private college, so tuition is a little more on the pricy side.

    I have taken out student loans. I also got two grants. My husband works and helps pay for my school (I am very thankful for that!).
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    I thought the point of this thread was to help others. We can only help by sharing our business, for which I was judged for sharing. I'll treat your question as legitimate, though in the interest of helping others.

    *** I am very frusterated by the false "nursing shortage" propaganda combined with the for profit nursing schools taking advantage of people desperate for a decent job. I realize I made my message sound much too personal twords you and for that I appoligize. I was expressing my dismay and frusteration but I should have been more clear that it wasn't YOU I was dismayed or frusterated with.

    Firstly, I live in an area in which LVNs start as new grads at $21-$22/hr. After calculating health insurance, taxes and other deductions, I will be left with enough income to care for my 3 children while paying back the student loans.

    Job prospects for LVNs are decent in my area, as long as you don't limit yourself to hospitals and day shifts only.

    *** Since it is LVN school you are in I know you are in Texas or California. Based on the starting pay you mention I would guess California. It is my sincere hope that jobs at that rate of pay or better are available to you when you graduate. FYI back when I was an LVN the highest paying gig I could find anywhere was working for Ca. Department of Corrections. I didn't end up working for them but the pay offered was very high compaired to anything else. See this job announcement. They are paying Salary: $4,457.00 - $4,777.00 per month. That's quite a bit more than $22/hour for 160 hours a month = $3520/month.
    Jobs.Ca.Gov
    Obviously corrections isn't for everyone but I thought you should at least be aware of it.

    Secondly, my spouse left me while taking my BSN prereqs. Then he evicted us. While i wasnt working. I have chosen an accelerated LVN program so I can literally get in, get out and get a job quickly. I would have had to wait 1 more year to start the 2 year clinicals for the BSN.

    *** Sorry for your personal troubles. I admire you for getting out there and doing somthing for yourself and your family. I am disgusted that there are for profit nursing schools who can charge such outragous fees for an LVN program. BTW you said your program is a year long. That isn't accelerated. that is the normal lenght, actually longer, than normal LVN programs. Here in Wisconsin LPN programs are 9 months, 2 semesters, and cost around $3,500 total.

    Thirdly, by completing my LVN, I'll be able to work while completing the rest of my nursing education, which I plan to be BSN and later, NP.

    *** An admirable plan. When you do LVN to RN consider relocating. I moved to Wisconsin to do LVN to RN specificaly cause it only took two semesters and cost about $3,500 for ADN RN. RN to BSN was just another year at a cost of $6,400.

    Fourth, this school is one of the least expensive in my area. Even our ROP programs run 20-22,000. Another school costs 33k and another 42k. It's the price you pay in my area for private school.

    *** Are there no community colleges in your area?


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