Linfield College - Paying for tuition for accelerated program

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    Hi all,

    I'm a little confused over financial aid when going for a second bachelor's degree. I want to attend Linfield's accelerated nursing program that starts this summer but I need to find a way to pay for it all. I already have a bachlor's degree but didn't use federal loans for it. For those of you who are going to second bachelor's degrees how do you pay for them? Federal loans, private loans (are they easy to get)?? Any help would be great as I'm starting to get a bit panicky! I don't want to turn down my first choice school because I can't get loans

    Thanks in advance!!
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    Have you already filled out your FAFSA??? That's the first place to start if you are going to use loans. I am just doing my prerequisites, but for my bachelors, I used loans and grants, and every year I had to fill out a FAFSA. Any scholarships you can apply to that Linfield has???
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    Yes I recently filled out my FAFSA and just sent it to Linfield. They don't seem to have any scholarships that I would qualify for I'm hoping to talk to a financial aid counseler this week or next and hoping he/she can help. It's just amazing what you can get awarded if you go for your master's versus a second bachelor's but I really rather do this second bachelors! I don't want to go the route of private loans but I guess I might have to. How did you find out about grants if you don't mind me asking?? I'm trying to find anythng that I can!!!

    Thanks in advance!!!!
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    The grants I received all came with my financial aid package when I went to Portland State University for my first bachelors....however, if you already have a bachelors degree, in MOST cases, you cannot accept grants, even if they are awarded to you. However, I believe it depends on the grant...make sure you ask your counselor, or else you will have to pay the grants back! I hope you get the financial aid you need!!!!
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    Thanks everyone! Oh I'll pay all the grants back no problem, I just don't want lack of aid to be the reason I'd have to turn down my #1 choice
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    I believe everyone in my ABSN cohort at Linfield received a $10K+ per year transfer scholarship without even applying for it. On top of that like many classmates I received another smaller scholarship. 10 males and minorities in nursing students were eligible for another 10K from the Robert Woods Johnson foundation (not sure if this is happening this year again or not).
    To pay for tuition I did max Federal subsidized and unsubsidized loans and a $15K private loan made the tuition is manageable. Throughout the program there are scholarships they tell you about and if you take the time to apply you may get more money. It is a great school which really does have a good financial aid package even though the cost of it can be overwhelming to think about!
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    Thank you barleynhops!! That helps ease me just a bit, lol. Did you have any trouble getting the private loan? I'm worried about having to get a cosigner as I know my parents would not cosign for me.

    So are you currently in the program? If so, how do you like it so far? ....and do you live alone or with roomates. Just wondering as I currently live in Eugene and will be moving.

    Thanks in advance!
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    Take a look at the Wells Fargo Med-Cap (for healthcare students) I ended up having a cosigner but I think I was eligible without one for a higher rate.

    Yes I am in the program and will graduate in December. The curriculum for the ABSN is changing starting this summer, and should be 12-14 mths long vs 18 mths as it is now which to me sounds like a good change. Overall I am happy with the program. The school is small and you the staff are very supportive of the students. The December 2009 cohort of 52 had around a 98% pass rate for NCLEX so they do prepare you well.
    I live with my wife in PDX. The school does have dorms on campus if you are interested. Also, when you come to campus next look on the bulletin boards around campus there could be students looking for a roommate or you can post your own add.
    Hope this helps!
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    Quote from Tobygo2
    Hi all,

    I'm a little confused over financial aid when going for a second bachelor's degree. I want to attend Linfield's accelerated nursing program that starts this summer but I need to find a way to pay for it all. I already have a bachlor's degree but didn't use federal loans for it. For those of you who are going to second bachelor's degrees how do you pay for them? Federal loans, private loans (are they easy to get)?? Any help would be great as I'm starting to get a bit panicky! I don't want to turn down my first choice school because I can't get loans

    Thanks in advance!!
    I had the same concerns once I got my acceptance letter... but things worked themselves out. Linfield is expensive but they do have a great program. The scholarships they gave for the Accelerated Program made it cheaper than and FASTER than getting an ADN then going a third year at OHSU.

    I also maxed out my stafford loans both subsidized and unsubsidized, added a few scholarships, nursing loans and finally some work study. The financial aid resources are the best I've ever worked with. The director holds a scholarship writing class every year to help you apply for scholarships.

    Try and minimize private loans if you can. If you get a job that repays school loans, I believe the private loans are ineligible for repayment...
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    Quote from barleynhops
    Take a look at the Wells Fargo Med-Cap (for healthcare students) I ended up having a cosigner but I think I was eligible without one for a higher rate.

    Yes I am in the program and will graduate in December. The curriculum for the ABSN is changing starting this summer, and should be 12-14 mths long vs 18 mths as it is now which to me sounds like a good change. Overall I am happy with the program. The school is small and you the staff are very supportive of the students. The December 2009 cohort of 52 had around a 98% pass rate for NCLEX so they do prepare you well.
    I live with my wife in PDX. The school does have dorms on campus if you are interested. Also, when you come to campus next look on the bulletin boards around campus there could be students looking for a roommate or you can post your own add.
    Hope this helps!
    The ABSN program changes are still preliminary BnH, it will be a while before they actually change anything. The planning committee I was on was just exploring curriculum structure and feasibility. So for now the ABSN program is status quo for the foreseeable future. And it is a great program...

    Oh and of the original 46 Accelerated BSN students that started June 2008 and graduated December 2009 - I believe there was a 100% pass rate on the state boards....


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