How is everyone in nursing paying for it at the moment?

  1. How is everyone in nursing school paying for it at the moment? I am desperate to find some hospitals that offer tuition assistance or something. Any scholarships ya'll have right now or nursing loans? Any assistance appreciated!!!!
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  3. by   RedSox33RN
    I applied for financial aid through FAFSA - and got a Pell grant, alone with a subsidized and unsubsidized loans.

    I'm also fortunate in one way, that when my mother passed away unexpectedly 5 months ago, my brother and sister decided that her estate will pay for my entire education. She stipulated in her will that my sister's student loans would be paid off from her estate, and they believe that she would have wanted to have my education paid for. She knows how much I wanted to be a nurse, and they were kind enough to offer to have the estate pay for it. They even said that it didn't matter if I applied to the more expensive private Catholic college - she would have wanted me to get the best education I could.

    That aside however, I'm still not going to let that deter me from applying for scholarships. There is one scholarship in my small town given to women who are going back to school after a period of time, so it's not for HS students. Unfortunately it is such a small town, that they don't have applicants every year, and it just keeps getting rolled over. So I will definitely be applying this year.

    There are a LOT of scholarships available that never get dispersed because people don't know about them. Your state's website usually is a good place to start. They usually have on the education part a good list of scholarships. The schools you apply to can usually help in that regard also, in that they keep lists and requirements for each.
  4. by   klone
    Out of pocket. I'm going to a CC, so the expenses aren't TOO bad. I did apply for scholarships through the school, and will probably turn in the FAFSA thing, but I have a feeling that our combined income (my husband's and mine - I work at home and have a business) will preclude me from qualifying for anything.
  5. by   FutureNurse2005
    I'm not in school yet, but I will be hopefully in Fall 2005. I've taken up a second job, and every cent I earn from that job is going in my "school" account. As well, this summer our families are putting on a bake sale/garage sale to help earn $$$ for me. I've been selling stuff on ebay (mind you that cash has gone to bills ) but nonetheless, its cash!

    we've been redeeming air miles for our groceries, brown bagging it rather than buying lunches/dinners, shopping at walmart/zellers instead of brand name stores, and using coupons! lol The more we save and prepare now, the easier it'll be when i'm in school.

    there are so many little ways to save up cash.
    As well, I will be applying for every scholarship/bursary I can. I may not win anything, but you cant win unless you try!! good luck!
  6. by   Cali
    I work full-time, have a Stafford Loan and the hospital I work at reimburses me for books and tuition.
  7. by   Achoo!
    I got a Pell Grant this year, and was able to get a WIA scholarship. I am applying to 4 more scholarships by June and hoping I can get one of them. they are through the hospital I work for. I don't work enough hours to get tuition reimbursement. Last year my credit card got some major use!
  8. by   manna
    I'm still doing pre-reqs, but thank goodness for Pell grants and Stafford loans (I also work full-time).

    Hoping to get a scholarship offer for this fall.....
  9. by   RNIAM
    Loans are how I am paying for school.
  10. by   wonderbee
    Stafford loans, part-time job, my sister and her hubby kick in the kitty too.
  11. by   traumaRUs
    I paid cash for my LPN, did loans for my ADN and now my BSN and MSN! Yikes! However, I work for a hospital that pays $3500 year for tuition reimbursement. Once you get out of school, then you get $5600 year for loan repayment. Not a bad deal.
  12. by   shortsteph12
    I am paying cash as I go being that I am going to CC it has been affordable. I have been getting the Hope Scholarship on my taxes since I am not recieving any other money and applying that to the following years tuition, doesnt pay it all but every little bit helps.....
  13. by   enfermeraSG
    Up until now, I used tuition reimbursement and worked extra shifts to pay for prereqs. I am fortunate to be at a hospital that just started full-ride nursing scholarships for their employees. I would check local hospitals for programs and reimbursement. Also, this website has 100's of scholarships - some very specific (for example for surg techs, etc) Buena suerte! SG

    www.discovernursing.com

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