In 2010, almost immediately upon sitting down, a palm reader named Carol at Venice Beach, CA told me that I was going to be a nurse. I jumped out of my chair. (She had no idea that I had been a caregiver for 4 years, then a CNA for 3 years and my mother is an LVN, and I had just dropped my RN prerequisites!) After that I made it my goal to become a nurse by age 30. I applied to 3 LVN programs. The first being WestMed college in Northern California. The program was 12mos $27k, cash or Sallie Mae only. It didn't feel right. The second school was Preferred College of Nursing in Los Angeles. 12mos FT or 18mos PT $22k. I qualified for $17k federal student loans and $5k in monthly payments. I moved so SoCal before realizing the school wasn't WASC accredited. Sooo, my mother told me about Grossmont Adult School in Santee, CA, which is WASC accredited and has a tuition of only $2,900!!! I applied Dec 2012 and just got my official acceptance letter! The program starts in August and is 3 semesters not including summer so graduation will be Dec 2013. I'll be 30 years old! I am so very excited. I had a plan, and seeing it come together is truly amazing. Good luck to you all and don't give up!!!