Duke University ABSN Fall 2013 - page 16

Hey everyone! I submitted my application to Duke University's ABSN program for fall 2013 a few weeks ago, so I wanted to get some conversation started! Is anyone else applying?!... Read More

  1. by   growingseeking
    @Annie, let me know what you find out in terms of doing a phone/Skype interview. I'd love to go check everything out at Duke, but I'm also not sure if I can round up enough money for the plane tickets either. Things are seriously tight right now.
  2. by   hopefulnurse24
    Oh yeah, there's definitely no harm in asking! I just know that for Penn's BSN-MSN program, they actually gave us the choice in their interview invitation email between a phone interview and an in person one and it was explicit in the email. I understand where you are coming from though, about trying figuring out how to afford these programs. I was originally planning on going to PA school back when I first began my undergraduate studies, and figured that I would probably have to go out of state for that (not many options here in Florida, not to mention most of the programs here are private for PA school) so that's why I'm not that bothered by the idea of debt now. It is unfortunate that the debt will be for a second bachelor's degree, but the tuition for the masters at Duke is much less than it is for the ABSN, and we will probably be working during this time, which will also cut down on our debt! And there are so many options at Duke Hospital for loan repayment and tuition reimbursement, as well. Congratulations on UW, by the way - that's a wonderful program!
  3. by   celticsgirl17
    I am also traveling in from out of town, flights surprisingly weren't bad from Boston to Raleigh-Durham - I recommend JetBlue!
  4. by   jenf21
    I'm in the exact same boat, Annie. I live in Oregon, and I've been accepted to two schools already. I paid the first deposit in December, even though it was probably lowest on my list, "just in case." Now I have a deposit due on Feb. 15th for one of my top choice schools, but I still really want to find out about Duke. I think I'm going to pay the deposit at VCU and go to Duke Days. I listened to one of the ABSN Webinars that Duke had in November, and I think I remember him saying that if you're far away, a Skype interview IS a possibility, but they prefer you come to campus if at all possible. So it can't hurt to ask. I think I'm going to try to find a ticket and go because I'm having such a hard time deciding, having never set food on either campus. I think I'll probably extend my trip a little and also try to go up and check out VCU as long as I'm on the East Coast. I've heard the loan forgiveness/tuition reimbursement plans at Duke are pretty incredible, which is why I'm not TOTALLY panicking about the cost yet, but I hear you on being nervous about that, especially since this is a second bachelors. Even when you're blessed to have been accepted somewhere already, that doesn't make the decision process any easier, especially when you don't have all the information yet to make those decisions. Anyway, good luck in this decision making process--it's TOUGH!!
  5. by   JordanLeigh
    I emailed FinAid about loans and I copied the response below. I dont think I am going to be able to attend as I know I wont qualify for private loans and would never ask someone to cosign on that big of a loan for me. I am simply shocked at how little aid is offered for this program seeing as Duke is so expensive. Hope this helps, if anyone was wondering. Be ready to take out some private loans unless you are one of the lucky ones who receives a huge scholarship.

    The ABSN program is considered an undergraduate program for federal purposes. This means that ABSN students are subject to the undergraduate federal loan limits. Students who are classified as dependent on the FAFSA application are eligible to receive $5,500 in subsidized federal loans and $2,000 in unsubsidized loan. Students who are classified as independent on the FAFSA application are eligible to receive $5,500 in subsidized federal loans and $2,000 in unsubsidized loan. These maximums are for the entire academic year which means they are evenly divided across fall/spring/summer or spring/summer whichever time a student begins the program. We do consider all students for the need based grant that the School of Nursing offers. This grant is based on the FAFSA calculations and eligibility will be determined at the time we package students. The grant amount is $2,250 per semester for the duration of the ABSN program which is 4 semesters. Because the ABSN program is fairly expensive, students who have no other resources must take out private loans to cover their tuition and living expenses. If you do not have a co-signer or established credit, then it’s best to not start the program until you are able to secure a private loan for the four semesters on your own or find a co-signer. Below is a link to our website with the costs of the ABSN program for 2012-2013. The tuition increases every year and we will know the new rates for 2013-14 by late March. http://nursing.duke.edu/sites/defaul...oa07242012.pdf If you are interested in applying for financial aid, the link below contains the instructions. Apply for Aid | Duke School of Nursing If you would like to contact private lenders about possible funding, the link below contains a list of recommended private lenders. Duke Financial Aid: Recommended Lenders You also should check your federal loan history if you have taken out loans for undergraduate studies. There are maximum limits on how much a student can borrow. Below is a link to the federal website to check your loan history. National Student Loan Data System for Students
  6. by   the healer's art
    Yeah Annie keep us posted on whether or not they let you do a Skype interview. I wonder if they are less likely to do it since they have a whole program planned (not just an interview). But UW is an amazing school! I'm surprised it's not your number one choice.

    Thanks for the info on financial aid Jordan. When are you all going to Duke Days?
  7. by   OsoBear
    AnnieBopannie, your qualifications are very impressive. I can't imagine you not being accepted to the UW program. Which leads me to my question - since UW is so highly ranked, not to mention in a beautiful location, wouldn't it be more cost advantageous to stay in Seattle rather than to move to Philly, Baltimore, or Durham? I am not trying to dissuade you from interviewing, but since these are all second BS degree programs and all highly regarded, it seems that finances would be one of the major decision points (By the way, I am mid-life career changer. I am a CPA / MBA so return on investment is always part of my thought process).

    I was invited to Duke Days, but I am fortunate in that I live in Raleigh (30 min away from Duke campus). My preference is to go to Duke and ultimately work for one of the Duke hospitals to take advantage of the tuition reimbursement program. Though my preference is Duke, without the tuition reimbursement program the program would be cost prohibitive and University of North Carolina would then become my top choice.

    At any rate, whatever you decide will be a great choice. Good luck and maybe our paths will cross at Duke.
  8. by   hopefulnurse24
    The tuition reimbursement is VERY appealing! That was something that really stood out to me about Duke, besides their stellar academic reputation and the awesome things I heard about it from so many of my friends. However, it is important to remember it only covers around $50,000 out of your loans (so roughly half of them) and you must pay taxes on it. This is important to keep in mind!
  9. by   OsoBear
    Yes, the reimbursement is pre-tax and is paid in yearly increments of $16,500 over three years. So factoring in the time value of money plus taxes, the reimbursement is less than $49,500 (depending on your tax rate, probably in the neighborhood of $40k). However, it does make the $75,000 tuition, fees, and books much more manageable. Of course, there are benefits to attending Duke (reputation, resources, great basketball team, etc.) that are more difficult to put a price tag on.
  10. by   hopefulnurse24
    Agreed! Plus the cost of living over there isn't bad at all compared to many other programs I'm looking into!
  11. by   moggsy
    I haven't been on this site in forever, but just popping in to say that the tuition reimbursement (if you get it) IS taxed - after taxes it comes out to be about $9,000/year (for the record). They also basically subtract that number from your salary, so you're not going to be making much if you work for the Duke system, but people do to get their foot in the door. Just something to consider. The cost of living is much cheaper down here though then in the North or on the West Coast, so that helps.
  12. by   celticsgirl17
    I am going March 1st to Duke days, when are others going?
  13. by   chaparrita
    February 22