HOLY GOD Tuition is $18,500 a year ! ! !

  1. How am i going to pay for this??

    Private School is expensive

    I am kind of having 2nd thoughts about school.
    Might have to wait to get into a state school.

    The problem is i don't want to wait

    sorry just wanted to vent.
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  2. 34 Comments

  3. by   Jayne LPN
    GOOD LORD WHAT SCHOOL ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT GOING TO?

    GOOD LUCK IN WHATEVER YOU DECIDE!!!!
  4. by   zannie
    Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA (where I attended the first year before I got pregnant) was 16,000/year (w/o books and other fees).

    You can do it!!! What you'll need to do is fill out your state's financial aid form and submit it to wherever they say to submit it to... Also search and see if your state has any private school grants... (va has the VTAG grant - which is only 300 bucks, but better than nothing - for students who go to private colleges). Then go to their financial aid office after you know that your state has received your student aid application....

    What happened to me was... they said "Ok, you've filled out the FAFSA (our state's financial aid) and you applied for the VTAG.... we have these 3 nursing grants we can apply........ that leaves you owing 1200 bucks... do you wanna pay cash or take out a loan for that?"

    It was much easier than I thought it would be!!!!! 1200 for the year was MUCH more doable than 16,000!!!!

    Good Luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ::HUGS::
  5. by   zannie
    P.S. - keep in mind that these expensive colleges are used to people who can't afford to go there!!!!!!!! There are the rare few that can afford to just pay that kind of tuition outright... but not many!!!! The finanacial aid offices are VERY helpful! Apply for admission and go to the financial aid people and say "I want to go here, I can't afford it, what can I do?"
  6. by   hobbes
    Originally posted by zannie
    P.S. - keep in mind that these expensive colleges are used to people who can't afford to go there!!!!!!!! There are the rare few that can afford to just pay that kind of tuition outright... but not many!!!! The finanacial aid offices are VERY helpful! Apply for admission and go to the financial aid people and say "I want to go here, I can't afford it, what can I do?"
    zannie,

    Thanks for your response. I'm in the Atlanta metro area and there are several schools I'm thinking about applying to, one of them in Emory University with a $24,000/yr price tag. At first I just laughed and wondered who in their right mind would pay $24,000/yr for 2-3 years for a nursing degree. However, you make a good point about the schools not expecting most of the students to be able to pay that amount and they probably have deeper pockets than public schools. I think I probably will apply now just to see how much aid they'll offer me if I get accepted.
  7. by   Nurse2bSandy
    My school is $14000 a year but I will only pay $7000 thanks to a phi theta kappa scholarship that I was eligible for. If you want to go to that school, like I did, then go to their financial aid office and find out what is available to you. I'm sure there is a way to make it work for you!
    Like you, I didn't want to wait on a list for a state school... and now, thanks to my grades, the price is similar to our state university, but the school is much smaller and friendlier.
    You can do it!
  8. by   PennyLane
    GO FOR IT! I applied to two schools - one state school (a very good school that's ranked in the top 10) and a big-name private school. I ended up enrolling at the state school, which was the wrong choice. Most states are in financial trouble right now, so I got NO money from grants. Even though the tuition is only $5500/year, I will end up being about $25-$30K in debt at the end of the 16 month program because I need to borrow money to live off of during that time. And the maximum amount of money you can borrow from a Stafford loan is $10,500/year. So I may be looking at private loans that have high interest rates to support myself.

    When I spoke with the financial aid office at the private school, she said most people end up having loans of about $20-$25K. The private schools have a larger endowment and more money to give to their students. This school costs $20,000 a year.
  9. by   dianacs
    The state school I looked at during my nursing school search costs the same as the private university I am attending now. They add a huge surcharge onto their nursing courses (gotta love that fine print). Of course this isn't true everywhere. But anyway, you might be pleasantly surprised after speaking with the financial aid office at the school you want to attend. Good luck!
  10. by   Ortho_RN
    Dang... I envy all you people who are willing to spend that much on school..

    The school I go to is ranked best in our state and it isn't costing me a dime.. The hospital is paying for it, but still if I did have to pay it comes out to 1,000 a semester
  11. by   oramar
    I heard the dean of ST Luke's(the oldest nursing school in US she said) say that their tuition is $20,000 a year. The most I every made in 20 years of nursing was $20,000 a year.
  12. by   teeituptom
    Hope you have good loans or rich parents


    good luck
  13. by   meandragonbrett
    Welcome to the club! $21,500 per year here!
  14. by   Mithrah
    I am amazed that tuition could cost that much. I am so glad I go to a community college that cost me just a little under $500 for tuition this last semester. Our school probably uses the same books as the $18,500+/year nursing schools. I hope you all enjoy paying back student loans!

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