Okay so here is my dilemma, I have been accepted to a practical nursing program here in Chicago, I should be so excited to start this journey and I am, but this is the situation..After the loans and grants was estimated for me, I was left with a balance of 10K that I either have to pay out of pocket or get a private loan. I have been unemployed for a while,so I really don't have that kind of money laying around. Usually my aunt would co-sign for me if needed, but it would be wrong to ask her when she just graduated from Kaplan with a 50K loan she has to pay back! I have another option which is to get certified as a CNA and work so I can pay the remaining balance off as I go and just start this program in January, maybe even get tuition reimbursement from the employer somehow. I have looked for scholarships,but most are for RN programs or start early next year. I don't know what to do at this point, classes start at the end of the month and I want to make this decision sooner than later...Any help, suggestions, comments are welcome. Decisions, Decisions, Decisions.....
Oct 23, '11
I'd work and start in January. A bit of a nest egg never hurts.
Look for scholarships and bursaries in strange places. My government gave me $1K as a bursary because I was a full time mother returning to school after raising my kids.
If you are under certain ages, your parents unions, employers, social groups often have scholarships. One of my classmates was the daughter of a plumber and the plumber's union paid her tuition.
My son got $1500 from his credit union for writing an essay.
There is a lot of money out there, it's just hidden in really strange places.
Oct 29, '11
Fiona59 is absolutely right, there is money in strange places...I recieved two scholarships, one from the state nursing departement, and another from a small nursing committee. However, I would just say go for it! The longer we prolong our dreams and the opportunities that are available, the more I believe we talk ourselves from doing them, before we know it, another 10 years roll by, lol...or maybe that's just my story. I had no idea how I would pay for school last year, I was unemployed, had a son, and moved to another state simply because they accepted me first, and I was ready to get my life started. But it all worked out, and we graduate in April 2012...if I survive, lol...it is crucial, but I love what I will become so it's worth it, Bills and all.....good luck!
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