Hi Devon! I'll hopefully be starting in the Spring 07. Haven't gotten an admit letter yet, it will take another month or so. If not I'll reapply for Fall 07. Anyhow, when I was at their latest info session last week, they said the financial aid dept will help you to find loans. Since the ACE program is a 2nd BA, FAFSA will only grant about $10,000. The rest you have to get in private, credit based loans. Try Sallie Mae. My undergrad loans are with them and they are a good company. If I get in, I'll get about $10,000 in federal loans, and will have to take out about $40,000 in a private education loan. If you can save money beforehand that's great! However, they suggest that you DO NOT work during the program. I will not be working. I worked part and full time during my undergrad degree and it was a mistake. I got good grades and a good GPA, but it was still a lot of pressure. Nursing school
is very challenging, and I plan on devoting 100% energy to it, and work would distract me. I would honestly suggest that you don't work... I can't stress that enough. You have the rest of your life to work, but if you fail out of school, it's hard to get back in. Take the loans out. PHEAA is offering hospital positions in Philly, after 1 or 2 years of service, they will pay $50,000 in loan forgiveness. The state pays 1/2 and your facility will match at the end of your contract. Start applying for loans now since you are starting in the fall. When you graduate you'll be making good money, so you can live frugally and pay your loans off pretty quickly. Call Drexel financial aid also.
I'll be living with my husband in NJ. If you are single and looking for a place to stay, I've heard of people here in Philly providing housing to students. Not sure how much $$. When I used to live in Philly, I rented a room in a house for $400/month. Granted it was from a co-worker, but you can find deals like that. Maybe live with other nursing students. I'm sure Drexel has a housing dept with a room list you can look at.
Good luck! Take Care!