$$$$$$$ for School

  1. Hi everyone,

    I am a single mom staring the second semester of an RN program in August. I attend a community college and I guess community colleges do not allow for living expenses in the amount of student loans - we can only get loans in the amount of tuition and books. I need to make all my monthly payments (house, car, FOOD) and if I take out a traditional loan I will owe more than double the loan amount! Does anyone have any ideas or know of scholarships that are available?
    How are most students financing their way through this journey?
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   Tweety
    You might have to go to outside sources from your school for loans. Good luck. I'll move this to the student nurses section for more views.
  4. by   land64shark
    Quote from OMGDagney
    I attend a community college and I guess community colleges do not allow for living expenses in the amount of student loans - we can only get loans in the amount of tuition and books.
    Not true. I attend community college and was allowed $7500/yr ($3500/ semester) in federal stafford loans. That was a combination of subsidized and unsubsidized loans.
  5. by   Achoo!
    I get money from an " adult workers program" through my local workforce development center. I am not sure if every state has it, but it is something to check into. I get $3000 a year for tuition and books, and $1000 for child care/mileage. It has helped tons!!
  6. by   DooWopNurse
    If you work, see if the company you work for has a tuition aid program. A friend of mine just got certified as a nursing assistant so she can work in a hospital because they'll pay for her education (if it involves nursing).
  7. by   miss arron
    if you're getting govt backed student loans you can use them for living expenses.... i did for 5 years getting my first degree, and plan to again while i am back at CC for my ASN

    who told you that you couldn't use them for living expenses? the only thing i remember being a no-no was using it to get a new car.

    if you haven't already, i'd stop in at financial aid and talk to someone in charge
  8. by   MS. ICANDOIT
    try sallie mae tution answer and teri.org private loans. I used them so I don't have to work
  9. by   angelinab
    I thought that if you take out stafford loans, they will go toward tuition/books/fees, then whatever is left over will be given over as a check/direct deposit to you for living expenses. I rely on loans/grants to pay for school, and always end up with extra left over for expenses. Granted it is not too much, but it has allowed me to care for my child without having to work much (PRN whenever I want at an area hospital). Good luck.

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