I need help!! (re: $$$)

  1. I am currently a freshman in college and, after volunteering for the Red Cross for many hours, I have finally chosen my career path: Nursing! Such a noble profession. Well, my current college doesn't have a nursing major, so I am going to stay at this school for my first two years and take all of the required courses, and then transfer to a different school for my last 2 years.

    Okay, now my dream school is NYU School of Nursing. I have the stats to get accepted (most likely :-)) but I definately don't have the money. I want to go to NYU because I plan on working in NYC after graduation anyway...I love the city and all of my relatives live there. Unfortunately, NYU has a terrible rep for financial aid...

    I am looking for scholarships, but I pretty much need close to a full ride (I can probably only afford $10K/year, including room and board!) I was looking at Rush University in Chicago and they have a scholarship where they will pay for your last 2 years of nursing school if you agree to work in their hospital for 2 years after graduation. This sounds like a great deal for me, except that I want to attend NYU. Does anyone know of any scholarships like this, other than Rush, that will allow me to attend my last 2 years for free in exchange for 2 years of service in an understaffed hospital? I contacted NYU about this, but I haven't gotten a real answer yet...they keep putting me on hold and passing me off to different people who don't know how to answer my question. Should I contact Bellevue or Mt. Sinai or St. Vincent's and ask them if they'd be willing to pay for nursing school if I agree to work at their hospital?? I don't even know who to ask there! Is this even heard of?!

    Please, please, please...I am begging for a response! If you know ANYTHING about this, please respond! And I know that some of you might want to suggest other schools, but (for now at least) I want to focus on my dream school. Thank you so much, everyone! I am very grateful for your help!!
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   MollyJ
    This is not an emergency decision, so slow down.

    Request a financial aid information package from your school of choice. use the internet to find other scholarship info (you probably have). Some hospitals will offer scholarships in return for a promise to work in a hospital for so much time (usually one year of service for each year of financial aid). I think this is a better deal for the nurse who works in a remote rural area with little likelihood of a desire to move or relocate, but it is a venue. Nurses, with all of our problems, experience great mobility. I would unhesitatingly take my degrees from a nice (rigorous and credible) Kansas College to New York City and anticipate being hired within one or two weeks of starting a job search (provided I found a situation I wanted to say "yes" to--and moving to NYC is not the situation). That said, picking a good and credible school is very, very important. Being able to get some feed back from nurses that practice with the grads of a certain school will give you insight into whether those grads seem to get a good clinical prep. But realize NO grads come out 100% clinically prepared. It is a process.

    Sometimes the State Nurses Association has some limted scholarship opportunities. I would guess that Links to State Nursing Associations are available off of the allnurses home page.

    Individual programs have variances on their admission pre-reqs, but they also have significant commonalities. Work on the commonalities and try to finalize your decision on which nursing school by the end of this school year, so you know exactly which pre-reqs you need.

    good luck.
  4. by   Lausana
    I'm not sure what NY offers, but here in Indiana, there is a state scholarship that you can receive if you agree to work at an IN institution of some sort for 2 yrs, so you are not bound to one particular hospital. I think the max amount is like 5,000, but every little bit helps--check out
    http://www.fastweb.com/ to see what find!
  5. by   reelgirl
    Thanks for all of your help, everyone! Does anyone else have any advice for me??
  6. by   GPatty
    I have also used Fastweb. They've hooked me up with a few scholarships and grants. Believe me, most of us know how you are feeling... if it wasn't for financial aid, I certainly couldn't afford school either! And I am eternally grateful to whomever had the "idea" for financial aid!
    Julie

    PS. Know what? I have always had a dream of going to Indiana University, but I am going to Ivy Tech State College. I will eventually make it to IUE, but for the time and moment, financial obligations and family life have to come first. So I am going for my LPN (then ASN in a year) but when it comes time for BSN, IUE all the way! So maybe you could attend a different school for a time until you are more prepared to attend NYU.
    Good Luck!!!
  7. by   essarge
    Another option would be to contact the nurse recruiter at the hospitals you mentioned. Some probably have a web-site or phone/write them. They will most likely answer you within a few weeks. I understand the need to get everything in order....I am the same way. I want to know NOW...not yesterday!

    Good luck in you endeavors!!
  8. by   reelgirl
    Thank you! I just contacted some nurse recruiters at different hospitals (via email) and now I have to play the waiting game for a response. I'll let you know how it goes! Oh, and if anyone else has any advice, please share! Thanks!!!
  9. by   semstr
    I am blessed living where I do!
    No costs or funds or loans or whatever, want to study? Do it!
    Have to pay 5000 AS pro semester and that's it!

    Nursingschool is free! On the contrary our students get some money, 1.year they get 5000 AS a month and in their 3 year they get about 8000 AS a month. Books and everything are free, as are scripts.

    But still we need nurses too!
  10. by   reelgirl
    Originally posted by semstr
    I am blessed living where I do!
    No costs or funds or loans or whatever, want to study? Do it!
    Have to pay 5000 AS pro semester and that's it!

    Nursingschool is free! On the contrary our students get some money, 1.year they get 5000 AS a month and in their 3 year they get about 8000 AS a month. Books and everything are free, as are scripts.

    But still we need nurses too!
    Wow! Which school in England do you attend and would I, as an American, be able to attend for the same amount of money? Please offer more info! Thanks!
  11. by   reelgirl
    Originally posted by essarge
    Another option would be to contact the nurse recruiter at the hospitals you mentioned. Some probably have a web-site or phone/write them. They will most likely answer you within a few weeks. I understand the need to get everything in order....I am the same way. I want to know NOW...not yesterday!

    Good luck in you endeavors!!
    Thank you for the advice! I contacted them and I'm waiting for a response!
  12. by   reelgirl
    anyone else?

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