AAHHH!! I am 31 with 3 children, married 8 years, and I am wanting to return to school for a nursing degree. The dilemma, I am a SAHM now, and on one income. I am hoping to get financial aid, grants, loans, whatever I need to do this. I was just wondering how anyone else out there in my situation paid for their schooling. Were the grants and aid enough to cover books, tuition, etc? Sorry if I am being too nosey, but I am really freaked out about this whole thing! thank so much for listening. I AM going to do this, but I am just trying to calm myself down about the financial end of it
be proud of yourself for being courageous enough to go back to school. it takes a strong person to take such a step. i am sure you will do great in the program.
i returned to school at the age of 28...and it was a little scary. just so you know, many people in my class were over age 30. i think the average age was 35. we even had a 50 year old in our program. also, many of the older students made the dean's and president's lists.
when i returned to school, i was living alone and only making around $19,000/yr....and i was told i made too much for federal and state aid. "god doesn't close a door without opening a window" i went to the financial aid department and filled out a ton of forms. i applied for as many scholarships as i could. as it turned out, i received a returning student scholarship that paid for my entire tuition throughout nursing school. i was only responsible for the cost of books and supplies...which i funded through student loans.
in addition to checking out scholarships through the financial aid department, go to the director of nursing. sometimes nursing depts offer their own scholarships.
i think that in some states, the department of public health may pay your tuition as long as you give them a work commitment. your school's nursing department should have information on this also.
good luck! :d
Last edit by Rileycat on Jul 8, '01