What financial help can 2nd deg student get?

  1. I am finishing my pre reqs this fall. Starting clinicals in Spring. I have a choice to be transferred to a private college for a BSN or stay where I am (community college) for a ADN, which is affordable. The private BSN program will cost me $800+/credit!

    Right now I am working 2 jobs to pay for my school and a place to live in the city. And to save some money in case I won't be able to work when school becomes too busy.

    Can someone please tell me if there are substantial help for 2nd degree nursing students? (I have a BA & an AAS in unrelated areas). I really want to go for the BSN in the private university.


    Thank you,

    Christina
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   MollyJ
    Often private universities have loan or scholarship dollars available. Check with their financial aid offices. KS is full of little private colleges and I think a good many people get loan dollars, which they have to pay back, but it can be done. Check out local hospitals or even the hospital you hope to work for. Sometimes they have loans available provided you agree to work for them for a set number of years (often one year per year of loan dollars). Our state nursing association has some limited scholarship dollars aimed at BSN completers but check with the nursing department of your school and the financial aid office and check out the bulletin boards in the college department of nursing. Do the treasure hunt.
  4. by   CPA2RN
    Christina,

    Congratulations on going back to school! I, too, already have a BS in an unrelated subject and will be starting my nursing clinicals in the spring (an ADN program). I am facing the same dilemma as you. Please let me know if you find out anything. One program I do know of is through the National Health Corps. The program will reimburse NURSE PRACTIONERS a portion of their educational debt for a particular number of years of service in rural areas in need. It means going to school longer but may help if you are really in a pinch. I have decide to pursue my ADN first (which is much much cheaper because I can get it at the community college which is only about $800 per SEMESTER!), then going to work for a hospital which will often pay your tuition once you are an employee there and entering a RN -BSN program at one of the universities around here. Good luck to you and hang in there!
    Last edit by CPA2RN on Jan 29, '02
  5. by   eventsnyc
    MollyJ, Thank you for sharing your resources! I will definitely do some treasure hunts during breaks.

    Happy Every Day!

    Christina
  6. by   eventsnyc
    CPA2RN,

    Let's keep in touch and share what can be found! Never thought of having an additional degree is a burden for future education! That was a surprise.

    Best wishes and happy studying!

    Christina
  7. by   steffymo
    I have been browsing hoping someone had a good website for A&P and I noticed this thread. I too am having this problem. My school and the government approved me for more student loans, but now my school is going back and saying that I can't have it because I have too many credits... long story!
    So, I was wondering if you came up with anything since September. I would be eternally grateful for any advice. If I don't come up with something soon, I will have to drop out of school and I do not want to have to do that.

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