Quote from Tward85
I have several questions, and would love for some assistance in answering them.
Can you tell me what your typical weekly schedules are while in the program?
I currently live in the Denver area, so I will need to either drive or stay at extended stay motels during the days I need to be in Pueblo.
Is it possible to work during the program and if not how do you afford the program? From my understanding we can get $12,500 in stafford loans and $5500 in perkins loans, but is that all you can get as far as federal aid and I assume that is not enough to live on?
Thanks in advance.
See the reply I posted a couple of replies ago for summer schedule.
For fall semester, we have clinicals 3 days/week and classes the other 2 days. Clinicals may even be on some Saturdays. Keep in mind that this is the accelerated program I am talking about. I do not know much about the traditional program, if that is what you are asking about.
Personally, I think that living in Denver would be much too difficult and I would advise against it. You're talking about a 4-hour commute every day which would be exhausting (not to mention dangerous and maybe even impossible to traverse if it is snowy, bad weather - what if you have to get to clinicals in Pueblo on a day when roads are bad?) and even extended stay motels are expensive. I don't even know if those exist in Pueblo. I would highly recommend moving to Pueblo, especially if you'll be doing the accelerated program. You can find places where rent is not too expensive. I share an apartment and pay $250/mo.
I don't work. I'm thinking about working, but I'd rather not risk my grades, because the accelerated program is so time consuming and I'd rather spend my free time studying. I'm not a very good person to talk about financial aid with, because I'm blessed to have the full financial support of my family and therefore, don't have to work, although the extra money would be helpful. However, it seems to me that there is always financial aid available for those who really need it and I know that Rocky Mountain SER has money allotted for nursing students who choose nursing as "career redirection" as well.