Since I don't qualify for financial aid and have to work FT (60hrs/biwkly) to pay for my own schooling, my finances:
-Pre-Reqs at my CC ~$4500 plus books, gas, the occasional dining hall salad.
-4 semesters ADN $97/credit is about $3589 tuition plus a few thousand in books and supplies.
Then there's clinical, AHH CPR, background check fee, insurance fee, etc. Luckily at my old job, we used scrubs and I got my CNA before starting nursing school so I have most of the equipment required like BP cuff, stethoscope, white uniform, etc. I only have to purchase the Nursing patch for $5 at the bookstore
I'm very lucky to be at the best CC in the States (Extra points if you can guess which one!) and I've met many nurses in various fields. My dream is L&D or NICU and I met a nurse that works at my school that also works in the unit at the hospital I want to eventually work/retire from so she'll be my "in". I was worried about not being able to afford a BSN and she told me that I should be safe with just my ADN- she works with many ADN nurses and makes the same as them (BTW, she has a BSN AND Master's); they're co-workers so they're obviously hiring ADNs. This took some pressure off because living cost in our city is VERY HIGH.
I may get my BSN later in life if I see it's necessary but some facilities look at experience, references and drive/potential rather than if you have a BSN or ADN.
I'm JUST starting out and the hole in my pocket will be huge in the end, but that nice cut salary will fix that in the first 2yrs
Total cost estimated around $10-12k. Not bad for nursing school...