How did/do you pay for nursing school? - page 8

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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 provide information for people... Read More


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    ****Vintage: *** in community college, here, in Cali, the lvn Prereqs can be completed in 1 semester, as long as you get in. You can't aply until after completion, this adds 1 semester, and the LVN program is 3 semesters long, and this does not include summers. So, if you got into your classes and the program with no delays, it would take 2 1/2 yrs to become an LVN. But, I have a friend who has been rejected 2 times! There aren't enough slots for students to get into the Prereqs or nursing programs here. It's a real problem. And community colleges in my city don't really use merit or a wait list, it's a random lottery.Yes, Community college here is super cheap, maybe $1500 for the whole program. Maybe $2000.

    *** First, prereqs for an LVN program!? I have never heard of such a thing. Wow they get you between a rock and hard place. You can allow the CC to rob you of years of your life, or allow the private to rob you of your money. Here in Wisconsin a high school graduate can be working as a licensed LPN 10 months from when they start LPN school. Of course there are no prereqs, except background check, CPR, immunization titers, GED or HS diploma, and at some schools CNA, but no college class prereqs.

    ****Vintage: ***I've considered moving, but whats the process like to transfer a license back to Cali? It's called endorsement, right??Ironic coincidence: I have a friend who is a nurse here who is from Wisconsin! She still has the cute accent. We were comparing weather in Wisconsin versus Cali the other day!

    *** No problem getting your Cal license is no problem what-so-ever. It's just a matter of submitting some paperwork and of course money. Or you can get it in a day if you show up at the CBRN with your documents and check book.
    Uh, California weather RULES!
    OTOH Wisconsin winters keep a lot of rif-raf away.
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    Quote from PMFB-RN
    *** 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 program
    Written communication
    Developmental psychology
    Oral/interpersonal communication
    Intro to psychology
    Intro to sociology
    Chemistry
    2 electives.

    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.
    WOW! I never even thought of trying that! That might be a good option for a bright person who has no prior college coursework to knock those gen-eds out of the way. I am going to copy that and send it to some pre-RN students that I know. Thanks for sha5ring. :-)
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    Quote from redhead_NURSE98!
    Not to mention part of your post was helpful. And no it's not obvious, given the sheer amount of fools who spend as much money as a starter home at for-profit schools with poor reputations and abysmal placement stats, coming out with a student loan payment that rivals my rent, apparently not reviewing projected salary versus student loan payment. In other words, hope they like overtime!
    thank you for your "concern" but I already made my INFORMED decisions for my education. I'm not going to change it now so there is no reason to tell me where to go to school.
    Last edit by Esme12 on Oct 8, '12
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    Quote from abiklags
    thank you for your "concern" but I already made my INFORMED decisions for my education. I'm not going to change it now so there is no reason to tell me where to go to school.
    You certainly are defensive about such an "informed" decision.
    Last edit by Esme12 on Oct 8, '12
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    Quote from abiklags
    thank you for your "concern" but I already made my INFORMED decisions for my education. I'm not going to change it now so there is no reason to tell me where to go to school.
    *** Just a friendly hint. When you choose to post things about yourself to a public message board you pretty much need to expect that people will reply. If having anyone comment on or question the things you choose to post about yourself is too much for you I would suggest not posting to a public message board.
    I wish you sucess in your chosen career.
    Last edit by Esme12 on Oct 8, '12
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    To attend I am paying from my 401k. I have no other money. I have to pay myself. And the programs are very expensive. And in my area the BSN is practically required at hospitals and the CNA is becoming obsolete there as well.
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    Quote from ajjones1322
    To attend I am paying from my 401k. I have no other money. I have to pay myself. And the programs are very expensive. And in my area the BSN is practically required at hospitals and the CNA is becoming obsolete there as well.
    **** I am curious. Since you are paying out of your own pocket have you considered a short term relocation to an area where nursing school would be cheaper?
    This is the first I have heard of CNAs becomeing obsolete. What are they using instead? Are they useing some other form of UAP or are they increasing the RN staff to allow the RNs do to primary care?
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    Quote from PMFB-RN
    **** I am curious. Since you are paying out of your own pocket have you considered a short term relocation to an area where nursing school would be cheaper?
    This is the first I have heard of CNAs becomeing obsolete. What are they using instead? Are they useing some other form of UAP or are they increasing the RN staff to allow the RNs do to primary care?
    Some of our area's hospitals have removed patient care techs and supposedly increased RN staff. If I had to guess, this is probably in response to RN complaints about techs not doing their jobs. And them not doing their jobs is in response to them having 25 patients on a floor that they are expected to bathe, do vitals, pass ice, snacks etc. and respond to any ADL request that a nurse tries to put off on them.
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    Loans loans loans!
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    Have used a VA loan twice now, to buy a house, but never heard of such a thing for education- perhaps they meant using the GI Bill?

    I paid cash for prereqs and used my GI Bill for one semester, as well. For nursing school, I took out loans, got one small scholarship as well as a small grant, and used my GI Bill. My first year of nursing school, I had the old GI Bill and for the 2nd, I had the new, post-9/11 GI Bill. If I had had the post-9/11 GI Bill for both years, my loans would be about 1/3 of what they are now. The old one barely covered my childcare costs, while the new one covered a substantial part of my tuition, along with housing allowance which more than covered childcare, as well as a book stipend.


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