Puerto Rico school feedback? - page 26

Anyone out there have info on the school in Arecibo, PR? It is a 24 month program that begins in August. I'd love to hear anything, thanks. zzzzzgirl... Read More

  1. by   mike.choley
    Good luck. My undergraduate GPA is 3.17 (I swear I thought it was higher) and they let me in just fine.

    Do you know when and how we register for classes that begin in August? Is it online?
  2. by   designer-mommy
    Quote from mike.choley
    Good luck. My undergraduate GPA is 3.17 (I swear I thought it was higher) and they let me in just fine.

    Do you know when and how we register for classes that begin in August? Is it online?
    Thanks Mike!

    I'm already in and I've already talked to the assistant nursing director who said that my GPA is fine, but I have to worry about the dean letting me take more than the 7 credit hours that they allow during the summer. They have a June session and a July session, so if I can get 3 classes in June and 2 in July I should be golden.

    As far as registration, you have to go to the nursing department every trimester to register. They have to do it for you, you can't do it online. The assistant director wasn't too happy that my hubby went through "E" to register in the beginning LOL Oops!
  3. by   ChanelCinq
    Quote from mike.choley
    Well in relieved about the acceptance letter, since now I can get the ball rolling on my loans, but I'm kinda confused about what my next step is at this point...
    Congrats Mike! So when we have the acceptance letter we can start the loan process. I didn't realize that. I guess that is something I should start now. I only want the loans that are are interest free while in school.
  4. by   ChanelCinq
    Quote from Cahoon
    How are peoples hunts for accommodations going for once school starts in august?
    I am not doing any house hunting until I fly out there on June 8th. I found a roommate from this board though. I can't remember his handle now that we took the conversation off allnurses. We are interested in finding a third and I would like to have that hammered out before I fly down and do house hunting so I know to look for a 2 bed room or a three bedroom.

    Both of us want to be as close to the school as possible and he has a dog so we are looking for a pace with a yard. We are looking to pay 250 to 350 per person before electricity and the other stuff.
  5. by   designer-mommy
    Blah, I think I'm going to give up on the accelerated program. I went to registration to change my start date last night, and they told us it would take about a week. Yes, a week just to change a stinking date in the system. Whatever. I can't register for classes until they do that, and by then all of the classes that I want will be gone. Then, I went to financial aid to see how much my Pell Grant would cover, and I can't get any information on that until I register for classes *sigh* This school is the only one that I've seen that they can't tell you information on financial aid until you register for classes.

    I wanted to ask you guys if you know anything about this...

    The assistant director in the nursing department told me that I could do the regular nursing program and choose a minor in order to go to school full time and have financial aid cover me (Pell Grant and Stafford Loan). She said maybe technology, teaching or psychology, but I was thinking maybe management would be good? Anyway, she said that because I will be wayyyy under the 12 credit hour "full time" limit for the grant and loan if I don't get to do the accelerated program, so I will get screwed when they lower my grant amount. However, I already have 90 credit hours from my previous AA degree (I was clueless and didn't see a counselor until it was too late and I had taken some wrong courses), and this BSN is 119 credits, so I think I will be over the 150% limit for federal aid. Does anyone know if getting a minor degree in addition to the major increases that 150% limit for federal aid? I would do a private loan, but I have absolutely horrible credit and no lender would touch me with a 50 foot pole. I just don't want to take extra classes for a minor and then run out of aid halfway through the nursing program. As it stands, just taking the nursing classes, I think that I'll have to pay out of pocket for the last trimester. That's doable since I know this in advance. Plus, the nursing program has a grant that I totally plan on applying for.

    Anyway, so that's what I found out. I think I'm destined to take the regular program instead of the accelerated *sniff, sniff* Oh well, everything happens for a reason, right?
  6. by   nauhjat
    So when does summer school start anyway? I was able to find the start date for july but not june. I would like to squeeze in a few classes too.
  7. by   ChanelCinq
    Quote from designer-mommy
    The assistant director in the nursing department told me that I could do the regular nursing program and choose a minor in order to go to school full time and have financial aid cover me (Pell Grant and Stafford Loan). She said maybe technology, teaching or psychology, but I was thinking maybe management would be good? Anyway, she said that because I will be wayyyy under the 12 credit hour "full time" limit for the grant and loan if I don't get to do the accelerated program, so I will get screwed when they lower my grant amount. However, I already have 90 credit hours from my previous AA degree (I was clueless and didn't see a counselor until it was too late and I had taken some wrong courses), and this BSN is 119 credits, so I think I will be over the 150% limit for federal aid. Does anyone know if getting a minor degree in addition to the major increases that 150% limit for federal aid? I would do a private loan, but I have absolutely horrible credit and no lender would touch me with a 50 foot pole. I just don't want to take extra classes for a minor and then run out of aid halfway through the nursing program. As it stands, just taking the nursing classes, I think that I'll have to pay out of pocket for the last trimester. That's doable since I know this in advance...
    Why don't you double major rather than a major and a minor. A minor is completely useless. If you have to take all these extra class may as well get another degree. I believe it is 30 units in your major in addition to all the GE classes. I would say managemment woud be really good. There are a lot of masters programs out there that are combined NP (Nurse Practitioner) and MBA. I would definetly go the business track. If you do decide to teach nursing it will be at the community college level or above and you certainly will not need any degree in teaching. Psyc is always good as it is helpful but it will not get you farther. Technology?? Yeah that sounds like something the school would recommend. Yeah we have enough engineers and that field does not really mix with nursing. Scratch that one.

    Quote from designer-mommy
    Plus, the nursing program has a grant that I totally plan on applying for.
    Please, please provide more info on this.
  8. by   ChanelCinq
    Quote from nauhjat
    So when does summer school start anyway? I was able to find the start date for july but not june. I would like to squeeze in a few classes too.
    Are you planning to move out to PR before June? June is less than 2 weeks are you moving now?

    By the way there is no one signed up for CouchSurfing.com in Puerto Rico. Any of the ex students want to rent a room or a couch to me for a week starting June 8th.
  9. by   nauhjat
    Quote from ChanelCinq
    Are you planning to move out to PR before June? June is less than 2 weeks are you moving now?

    By the way there is no one signed up for CouchSurfing.com in Puerto Rico. Any of the ex students want to rent a room or a couch to me for a week starting June 8th.
    Some of the classes are on the net so I would take them online. If it would assure me a place in the advance track I would move in a heartbeat.
  10. by   nauhjat
    Some of the classes are on line so I would take them on the net. If it would have me out in two years I would move move down for sure.
  11. by   ChanelCinq
    Quote from nauhjat
    Some of the classes are on the net so I would take them online. If it would assure me a place in the advance track I would move in a heartbeat.
    I thought you already had a Bachelors?
  12. by   designer-mommy
    I believe the June session starts on June 1st and goes through the 30th, something like that. The July is from the 1st to the 23rd, I believe. You can only take 7 credit hours each month--any more needs approval from the dean of studies. There isn't a huge selection, which is why I think I'm not going to make it by the time registration changes my start date, as most of the classes I want will probably be gone already.

    If you don't have your start date as June, you'll have the same problem that I do. You would have to go down to registration, fill out a form, and wait like a week for them to change it before you can register for classes. Plus, the first time you register, you have to actually go in person and have a counselor fill out and sign the paperwork. So you might be in the same boat as me nauhjat--stuck in the regular 3 year program. You would have to get your general classes down to 3 MAX or you can't do the accelerated program. Total bummer for me.

    ChanelCinq, I don't know much about the grant. All I know is that my husband got a paper in the mail about it, but didn't apply because it said something about including his parent's info, and they're so strict about that they even want death certificates if they are deceased. His dad makes a very, very comfortable salary, so I know he would be out, as it's based on financial need. Me on the other hand, both of my parents are deceased, and I don't make a lot of money, so I think I can get it. I don't see why they would need a parent's information when we're adults. My husband is 27 and I'm 31 (cougar - growl LOL) so not sure why they need the parent's info???
  13. by   nauhjat
    Quote from ChanelCinq
    I thought you already had a Bachelors?
    No I don't have it. Well I guess I won't make for June. Maybe July.I will have to see when I am down there.

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