How did/do you pay for nursing school? - page 5
Nursing school is expensive. Many people have used student loans, scholarships, VA loans, grants, and even worked through school to pay for their education. The main reason for this thread is to... Read More
Oct 5, '12I paid for my prereqs out of pocket, got a 4.0, got into the Honor's Program, and now, earned a full scholarship (merit based) through that program. I have to pay for books, but my tuition is completely paid for. I had enough to pay before I got the scholarship, but now, I can put that money toward my son's education. He'll be heading off to college in 5 years, and I hope to pay fully for his education.
Oct 5, '12I went to nursing school in the dark ages.
I worked 11-7 at least part time during college.
I had government funded student loans that I paid off after graduation.
My parents paid my living expenses when I wasn't living with them or living on campus in a dorm.
College is too expensive today, IMHO.
Oct 5, '12Undergrad paid for courtesy of husband who is a pharmacist. Graduate school courtesy of loans for the next 3 years.
Oct 5, '12I worked my 40 hour a week daytime accounting job just to keep the bills paid and did an accelerated, full-time BSN program on nights and weekends. I used student loans and tapped out my 401 K.
Now I'm a new grad, passed NCLEX and looking for first nursing job. Nothing like changing careers at age 45.
Oct 5, '12In 2003 I graduated at Westchester Community College. I was taking care of my dad so his pension was not counted as income. I didn't qualify for a Federal Assistance because I was working part time but since I CLEP'd some prerequisites, I only needed about 11 credits per semester. At the time (I don't know about now) the state of NY had a program APTS Aid for part time students (11 credits and under). So I received 2000$ from NYS. I didn't think I would get a scholarship but was encouraged to apply and I did receive a $2000 scholarship from the Commty College. So I didn't pay a dime. CLEP if possible saves money too if you don't mind taking an exam and preparing on your own. I just used the Barrons AP self study books to prepare and I saved going to 5 classes!
Don't forget about the Hope Scholarship which is money you receive when you file your taxes: up to $2000 and look into this website that I just found out about. Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program
Nursing Loan forgiveness programs vary from state to state as well as the above federal help. Best wishes, Carla
Oct 6, '12Quote from carleah*** This is very good advice. I CLEP'ed every non nursing, class except Microbiology (not offered). I used CLEP to fulfill these classes in my ADN programCLEP if possible saves money too if you don't mind taking an exam and preparing on your own. I just used the Barrons AP self study books to prepare and I saved going to 5 classes!
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I got 25 college credits In a matter of a few days for around $500. I just took them all and only studied for the ones I failed then took them again. I failed and had to re-take chemistry, developmental psychology and intro to psychology. The rest I passed without ever opening an book. I took all of them the same day I learned of CLEP. I am glad I didn't study for each one.
Oct 6, '12Hey I plan on applying for nursing scholarship with HRSA how was the application process and what do you feel made you stand out amongst all the other applicants?
Oct 6, '12Quote from krazievi3t6urlHey I plan on applying for nursing scholarship with HRSA how was the application process and what do you feel made you stand out amongst all the other applicants?Yes! Nursing school is super expensive! I went through a private school, BSN program so cost was about 40K a year. I worked throughout nursing school and during preqs minus one semester. Lots of scholarships and financial aid! I was apart of the nursing scholarship program w/ HRSA.
Oct 6, '12I don't believe I stood out. I don't think enough people applied for the scholarship thinking they wouldn't get it. When they told us to give it a shot I did thinking I have nothing to lose. They had 7 scholarships to give out in a class of about 35 so I figured it was worth a try.
Oct 6, '12Congratulations! You outdid me. You are the first person I've heard of to take advantage of that as much as I did. I am so grateful for that arrangement. I hope more people will read this post and give Clep a try.
Oct 6, '12Quote from zorro_wrangler*** I was wondering that too.............What the hell is a VA loan? and how do I get one?