I will be graduating with a Bachelor's in Business Administration very soon, and have recently realized that I want to be a nurse (RN). I have been looking at nursing schools, and realized that I will not be able to afford one of the for-profit colleges. I will have to get financial aid (Stafford loans), and because this will still fall under undergraduate, it means that the maximum amount of loans I can take is around $57,500. This means that the only school I can afford is the local community college as I have already taken $34,000. My questions are as follows:
1. Am I correct to assume the above amount I mention is the maximum amount of loans I am eligible to receive?
2. I understand that nursing programs at a Community college (To obtain an ADN) can be competitive. Will having a bachelor's degree give me a competitive edge?
3. Any other tips or ideas on what I should do?
My concern is that if I can't get into my local CC program, I won't be able to afford anything else, and I won't be able to go to nursing school at all. Any ideas on how I can afford it, if the CC doesn't work out?