They aren't clear about the costs- it's actually about 15,000/semester. My fall semester bill is $14,930 - no matter how many hours you take. If you already have a bachelor's degree, the maximum amount of government loans you will receive per school year, not semester, is $12,500 - Student Aid on the Web
. The maximum scholarship OKCU will give you is a $3,500 transfer scholarship if you have a high GPA (think 3.7+). They will state this is a "30% discount" which is the "maximum discount students in the nursing school can receive." (??) You can also get a work study for $1,500/semester. I went into the financial aid office and basically begged them for more money several times and ended up getting a Perkins Loan for $2,000/semester (a government loan not eligible for loan repayment programs). Plus an $850/semester "Nursing Scholarship." I was told they had to get special permission to give me this. This gives me approximately $12,000/semester in a combination of scholarships/primarily loans. I do not know of a single student who has received any more than this. So plan on taking out at least $3,000 in private loans to cover tuition per semester (not including books, scrubs
, stethoscope, shoes, etc., all costs of living) unless you have some other financial source.
****This does not apply if you take school in the summer. Plan on taking out at least $6,000 in private loans to cover summer tuition. They will not give you a work study, Perkins Loan, or nursing scholarship.
Additionally, most private loans require you to pay monthly interest while still in school so plan on having a way to pay for that.
I think working a couple days a week during spring/fall semester is doable but don't plan on working in the summer if you want to make decent grades.
Some of the professors are pretty alright, others are completely ignorant- will tell you completely wrong/backwards things about major nursing issues literally throughout every single class. Hopefully she isn't there next semester, but keep in mind that you might pay $6,000/class and have to relearn every single thing outside of class time because the six hours you spent in class that week were a complete waste of your time. However, I have been told OCU classes are a million times better than OU classes from a transfer student. I still don't think OCU is worth the money. I wish I could go back in time and just go to OCCC and get my ADN then do an ADN-BSN program while working and not be in a gigantic amount of debt.