Quote from Pneumothorax
I think if I had financial aid the first time around I'd agree 100%, however if someone wants to strive for higher education the gov should back you
Why should the government (read, Taxpayers) back you?
Currently, there are substantial numbers of former students that are not paying back loans, there are people protesting to have educational loans "forgiven", etc.
When those that came before us are defaulting on their obligations, it affects our current ability to get help. There is also substantial evidence that plenty of those in nursing school are not being easily hired, so there is no current "shortage" argument.
While it seems unfair, that you paid for the original degree in full, it still does not mean that you should get financing now. Sad, and unfair, but true.