How did/do you pay for nursing school? - page 6

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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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    380 per credit my first year (32 credits), 400 per credit the second year (16). plus student fees , health service fees (800), lab fees (800x2) etc.

    pay per credit. if you take all 68 credits, tuition is close to 35K. I graduated from PBISN in the city and yes I think its a for-profit never really checked.

    *** That is outragously expensive. I assume there are either no community colleges, or they have such a long waitlist it's impractable?

    and yes, thats the cheapest RN-BSN I found that suited my needs. 375 per credit for 34 instead of 300 per credit but 58 credits, or 515 per credit.

    *** have you checked into U of Wyoming, Ft.Hayes State, or WGU? All of them are in the $5-6K range.
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    Quote from PMFB-RN
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    and yes, thats the cheapest RN-BSN I found that suited my needs. 375 per credit for 34 instead of 300 per credit but 58 credits, or 515 per credit.

    *** have you checked into U of Wyoming, Ft.Hayes State, or WGU? All of them are in the $5-6K range.
    In addition to the programs mentioned above, Ohio U is less than $8,000 ($243/credit, 31 credits required). UTexas-Arlington advertises that they are less than $9k, though that's a bit deceptive since there are at least 2 courses outside of the nursing program - Texas law and history - that pretty much everyone will need. There's also Thomas Edison in NJ, SUNY-Delphi (NY) and Slippery Rock State (PA) - all under 10 grand.

    All of the above are on-line programs, with no or limited clinicals and with full accreditation, regional as well as CCNE (which could be important, especially if you're thinking of grad school). There are probably others as well but the point is that you can get your RN and BSN fairly inexpensively if you are flexible and look around a bit.
    Last edit by chuckster on Oct 5, '12
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    I paid for my prereqs out of pocket, got a 4.0, got into the Honor's Program, and now, earned a full scholarship (merit based) through that program. I have to pay for books, but my tuition is completely paid for. I had enough to pay before I got the scholarship, but now, I can put that money toward my son's education. He'll be heading off to college in 5 years, and I hope to pay fully for his education.
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    I went to nursing school in the dark ages.

    I worked 11-7 at least part time during college.

    I had government funded student loans that I paid off after graduation.

    My parents paid my living expenses when I wasn't living with them or living on campus in a dorm.

    College is too expensive today, IMHO.
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    Undergrad paid for courtesy of husband who is a pharmacist. Graduate school courtesy of loans for the next 3 years.
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    I worked my 40 hour a week daytime accounting job just to keep the bills paid and did an accelerated, full-time BSN program on nights and weekends. I used student loans and tapped out my 401 K.

    Now I'm a new grad, passed NCLEX and looking for first nursing job. Nothing like changing careers at age 45.
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    In 2003 I graduated at Westchester Community College. I was taking care of my dad so his pension was not counted as income. I didn't qualify for a Federal Assistance because I was working part time but since I CLEP'd some prerequisites, I only needed about 11 credits per semester. At the time (I don't know about now) the state of NY had a program APTS Aid for part time students (11 credits and under). So I received 2000$ from NYS. I didn't think I would get a scholarship but was encouraged to apply and I did receive a $2000 scholarship from the Commty College. So I didn't pay a dime. CLEP if possible saves money too if you don't mind taking an exam and preparing on your own. I just used the Barrons AP self study books to prepare and I saved going to 5 classes!
    Don't forget about the Hope Scholarship which is money you receive when you file your taxes: up to $2000 and look into this website that I just found out about. Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program
    Nursing Loan forgiveness programs vary from state to state as well as the above federal help. Best wishes, Carla
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    Quote from carleah
    CLEP if possible saves money too if you don't mind taking an exam and preparing on your own. I just used the Barrons AP self study books to prepare and I saved going to 5 classes!
    *** This is very good advice. I CLEP'ed every non nursing, class except Microbiology (not offered). I used CLEP to fulfill these classes in my ADN program
    Written communication
    Developmental psychology
    Oral/interpersonal communication
    Intro to psychology
    Intro to sociology
    Chemistry
    2 electives.

    I got 25 college credits In a matter of a few days for around $500. I just took them all and only studied for the ones I failed then took them again. I failed and had to re-take chemistry, developmental psychology and intro to psychology. The rest I passed without ever opening an book. I took all of them the same day I learned of CLEP. I am glad I didn't study for each one.
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    Hey I plan on applying for nursing scholarship with HRSA how was the application process and what do you feel made you stand out amongst all the other applicants?
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    Quote from krazievi3t6url
    Yes! Nursing school is super expensive! I went through a private school, BSN program so cost was about 40K a year. I worked throughout nursing school and during preqs minus one semester. Lots of scholarships and financial aid! I was apart of the nursing scholarship program w/ HRSA.
    Hey I plan on applying for nursing scholarship with HRSA how was the application process and what do you feel made you stand out amongst all the other applicants?


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