I've been fortunate enough to have been accepted to a couple great nursing schools
: University of Arizona and John Hopkins. However, I'm having a big problem deciding between the schools. I live in Arizona and it would be MUCH cheaper (around 50,000 less) than JH and it would be easier to commute. I am not familiar with Baltimore and finding housing would be a hassle. However, JH is faster 13 months compared to 2 years at Arizona but I would be in debt around $80,000. I also might be able to pay off Arizona over the course of two years while I would have no way to do that at JH. I guess what I'm trying to ask is whether or not the debt is worth going to a prestigious school or if I should save my money and stay local. Thanks!
Mar 21, '13
I live in Maryland and am very familiar with Baltimore.
Honestly, I would do the program in Arizona. Maryland is an expensive place to live (even if you rent) & although JHU is a good school with a great hospital, it is not worth 80k of debt. I have been considering ABSN lately & I know that their tuition really put me off...
Also, I don't know where you plan on living after graduation but if you plan on returning to AZ, completing the program there might be beneficial for hospital networking purposes & securing a job.
I hope this helps and good luck with school!
Last edit by zoe92 on Mar 21, '13