Hello everyone! I am a new allnurse user, and I need your help. I am a high school senior and I had a bit of a plan to complete my ultimate goal: obtain a BSN, but I might have to alter or change my plan entirely...
Here is my plan:
After graduating high school, I would take a gap semester/year (its looking more and more like I will take a year). During this time I would become a CNA, to gain experience and to see if nursing is truly a profession I want to pursue. I would also volunteer, and explore college options, among other things. After finishing my gap year, I plan to attend a community college to complete the prerequisites for nursing school (or obtain an ADN). After completing the prerequisites I plan to transfer to a 4 yr. University as a Sophmore, to finish the last two years and obtain a BSN.
However, there are a few problems:
1. I am from Puerto Rico, therefore, I am considered an out-of-state student in all the US states.
2. Obviously, the high out of state tuiton, both in CC's and 4yr. universities. Plus, the cost of moving to a new state.
3. I may qualify for student aid. However, that doesn't cover alot of the tuiton and I do not feel confident depending on scholarships (i don't know if i will be able to get a scholarship)
I want to study nursing in the US mainly because:
- the colleges and universities are amazing
- the quality of life is better, plus much better salaries
- there are many of opportunities
- it has always been my dream to work and live in Portland,OR or California
I am very conflicted because I do not know how to approach the cost of tuiton. I checked for out of state tuiton prices in Cali, and Oregon, even some of the cheapest cc's cost from $19,000 to $29,000+. I don't like the idea of off putting college for too long, but it seems that I might need to.
Should I become a CNA, work for 1 year (or more), become a resident, and then apply to a CC? Or is it better to just attend a 4yr. University as a freshman and pay the out of state tuiton for that? (I say this because I'd rather pay $20k+ a year for a good university education over a community college education, this is not to say that cc can't be good, but I would rather pay that amount of $$ for a university.) Orrrr should I forget the gap year all together and apply to a community college for an ADN, become an RN, work for a few years, and then take an RN to BSN program?
Please comment your opinions/suggestions. Thanks
I agree with you on the waitlists, sometimes its just crazy waiting for so long! Thanks for the info and the link. I'm definitely checking it out
Last edit by nisa.33 on Nov 8
Quote from idkmybffjill
Ultimately, it depends on what's most important and how much money you have to spare.
The community college near me has their out of state tuition as four times the in-state cost, so at least $1200 per course without additional fees. If paying that kind of money is feasible for you and you are eager to start college now, then you could always start at a community college and go to a university later.
However, if you can find a university/community college that will consider you a in-state resident after a year (also look into if they go by where your parents live rather than where you live), I honestly think taking a gap year would be a good option. It would greatly reduce your cost because between tuition, textbooks (especially science textbooks that can be $200+), and the various fees, costs add up and the less loans you have to take out the better you'll be in the long run. You can gain some experience as a CNA and ensure that this is something you want to do. It would also allow you to save up some money to pay for classes. I've seen too many people who had to drop out halfway through because they unfortunately didn't have the money to finish their degree. In the long-term, a year is not long.
Thanks for replying!
I definitely don't have enough money to pay off out of state tuiton in CC's where it's close to 20k. I'd need all the federal aid, and scholarship money I could get.
I thought about a gap year would be best if it meant I could get settled in, work, and gain residency. However, I've heard that gaining residency in some states (especially if they think it's for education purposes) is very difficult. This worries me because it might mean that I would have to spend more than a year without going to college to qualify.
Last edit by nisa.33 on Nov 8
Look at the cost of living in all states, and your chance of getting accepted. Good nursing schools usually are judged by their NCLEX results.
Where I am, the way I spend money, a salary of CNA gives me a very comfortable life and I live in a very good neighborhood. However, I can't extend my money when I want to help or buy a house.I drive a 20 year old car which runs 28miles per gal in the city and 32 miles per gal in the highway, cheap insurance. I know basic skills to maintain or repair my car, so this has been saving me from paying a labor of an auto mechanic.
Living out of our means is what causing anxieties. Good luck in your journey.
Last edit by ohna on Nov 11