Hey there! These were the two schools
that I was deciding between, so here's what I found out about them: first of all, tuition...Rush will come to about $48,000 for the program ($8,058/term x 6 terms) and loyola's tuition and fees also come to about $48,000 ($12,000/term x 4 terms). One big difference in the tuition department is that Rush does not charge fees...say what? I was totally shocked when they told me that, but I guess it's because they are a no-frills university that only concentrates on the actual learning part...what a concept. The other thing to consider is time. The MSN at Rush takes 2 years and the ABSN at Loyola takes 16 months. This is what ultimately made up my mind to go to Loyola, because at Loyola, I am able to start this August, whereas at Rush, I would have to wait until January to start, making the overall difference in finishing time a whole year. At my age, a whole year makes a big difference. However, if you are going to get your MSN eventually, you will be ahead on the core courses if you go to Rush. The MSN that you get at Rush will not get you a higher salary upon graduation. You will be an RN like everybody else, but if do go on to gaduate studies, you will be about 12 credits ahead of the game. Hope this helps!