Money for Nursing School

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    I'm a nursing student in serious need of money for school. This is my second degree and I just finished my first set of nursing courses. I was accepted into a nursing program for second degree transfer students. I did my first clinical rotation and loved it. The problem is I go to an expensive private school, and my loans don't cover my tuition. Unfortunately my credit is not that great so I don't qualify for private loans. My grades are great, but I can't find schlorships. Does anyone have any advise?

    It is so frustrating. This country needs nurses, and there is no money for people who want to go to school. They rather get nurses from other countries, then educate able bodied individuals right here in America. Its madness!

    If anyone has any advise, it will be well appreciated..
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    Are you working? Do you plan to work during school?

    I am asking about your future plans for employment because many people, including me, can manage working full-time and attending nursing school full-time. For many individuals it is manageable, as well as a wonderful way to pay one's way through school without accruing excessive debt. I personally work 32 hours per week while attending school full time, and I make monthly payments to the school that I attend.

    By the way, many cities, states, and regions in the United States are not in dire need of nurses. Just browse through these forums and you will find a multitude of new grad RNs across the country who have been seeking employment for months. Some have been jobless for over 1 year, so do not foolishly believe in the great myth that is better known as the "nursing shortage."
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    I got laid off in March of this year. I'm only working part time as a personal trainer. I can barely afford to pay for my monthly expenses. Plus the program suggest that you dont work. There's really no way for me to work full time while in this program. Most of the classes are during the day.

    I was just reading an article on CNN, and there are many areas where there are nursing shortages. They said by 2020, there will be a shortage of 2 million nurses. I don't know, its a great profession. And nurses always have jobs
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    I don't know when you were wanting to get funds, but I was awarded this full ride scholarship with a monthly stipend for living expenses (~$1,300) http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/nursing/scholarship/ it's worth checking out!
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    Thanks, I will try to apply for this scholorship come April
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    I've read all of these. I'm still hopeful. The fact remains, we are in a jacked up economy that will pass.
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    Quote from msfitness328
    They rather get nurses from other countries, then educate able bodied individuals right here in America. Its madness!

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    Do you have anything to back this up? The US has for many foreign nurses been under retrogression since Oct 06 and there are many many nurses affected and have been waiting since Oct 06 for a visa allowing them to live and work in the US. yes there is a H1b visa but usually nurses don't meet this requirements and most apart from this year went to other professions. I was affected by retrogression from Oct 06 until I moved to Canada and have now decided to stay here.
    Last edit by Silverdragon102 on Jan 4, '10 : Reason: add
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    Quote from I<3Nursing
    I don't know when you were wanting to get funds, but I was awarded this full ride scholarship with a monthly stipend for living expenses (~$1,300) http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/nursing/scholarship/ it's worth checking out!
    I really wish I would have known about this scholarship. I guess I was so worried about being accepted into a program that I didn't even think to look into scholarships. Unfortunately, I would be unable to apply period now since I should be graduating in May 2011. And I am currently still waiting for my financial aid to come though at school and classes start next week.
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    Is it possible for you to get your CNA certificate and work 3rd shift to help pay your tuition? Alot of healthcare facilities have tuition assistance for their employees enrolled in a nursing program. Most nursing programs recommend that students don't work full-time, but it could be done. I work with an RN that went to school full-time while working full-time, and raising an infant daughter on her own. It just takes alot of dedication and motivation! Another option is moving in with family until you're finished with school. Then you won't be so stressed out about how you're going to pay rent, ect on a part-time income and can concentrate on school. Good luck!


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