I'm looking to start nursing school next year but in the meantime I'm trying to figure out what is going to be the best way for me to have the military pay for my schooling. I already have a BS in Marketing and I have decided that Corporate America just isn't working out for me. I want to join the AF as a nurse after I finish nursing school. However...I am open to other branches of the military as well. I am hoping to attend Emory which cost about $40K per year. Its a 3 year program that would allow me to finish as a NP. So thats about $120K! Which neither the nurse candidate program or ROTC would cover that full cost. And with the loan repayment program they tax it so much that I would still have over $30K of loans left after the repayment. Then I even looked into the HPSP but I was told they only cover the Master's portion. So bascially they would only cover my final year of the program ($40K). Which would still leave me with the remaining $80K. Can any of these programs be combined? Please help me figure out what would be the best option for me to finance nursing school.
And...I know there are other nursing programs that don't cost nearly as much. I found one that cost like $10K for the entire program. But I would only be able to finish with a BSN and not an MSN. If I can't find a way to finance Emory then I will most likely take that option but I wanted to at least see if there was a way to pay for schooling at Emory first before I eliminated them as an option.
Thanks for your help!
Aug 17, '09
I went to Duke's accelerated BSN program for sixteen months and my whole BSN cost me forty grand. To get a BSN and an MSN from Duke would cost about eighty grand - still less than Emory at $120K. Why Emory specifically? Just asking - I went to Duke because it was the shortest route to a BSN around here and for some reason I didn't get into UNC's accelerated OR their 2-year program (but got into Duke first try - go figure - with a cum laude BS degree and A's in all my prereqs). I was fortunate in that I'm only in debt by half the cost of attendance.
Emory's got prestige, yes, but I'd say Duke is nothing to sneeze at either. Plus I've got sixteen hours of classes at the graduate level that will transfer AT the graduate level should I not attend Duke for my MSN (which I find highly unlikely as I plan on sticking with the evil I know!).
There are other schools with equal prestige that don't cost six figures, even for a direct entry MSN. I'm not judging your decision, just trying to encourage you to explore other avenues.
Note to readers - IN NO WAY am I saying ANYTHING negative about other schools, so please don't flame me as if I were. I know I'm lucky to have been able to go to Duke; I'm a Navy brat, not a debutante; an Air Force officer, not a trust fund kid. BELIEVE me.
Last edit by carolinapooh on Aug 17, '09