Most Affordable BSN Programs

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    Can anyone direct me to where there are affordable traditional BSN programs... I mean like schools where tuition for the WHOLE program will be under 50k. It seems like every school charges at least 10k per Semester (plus other fees like books, uniforms, etc.) I really do not have the option to take out private student loans (because I do not have strong cosigners) so I really need a program that will be able to be covered by my FAFSA and scholarships. I live in Arizona and even state programs with instate tuition are very expensive with all said and done (plus they're very difficult to get into). All replies will be much appreciated, thank you .
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    do you have your as in nursing? many community colleges have as programs and if you can get started in the field and then get a job in a hospital there is so many tuition reimbursement programs and programs where hospitals will pay you full time while you work part time and attend school. idk it's hard to say and all states are different but if it's something you’re really determined for you'll find a way to make it happen
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    Quote from lele2be
    do you have your as in nursing? many community colleges have as programs and if you can get started in the field and then get a job in a hospital there is so many tuition reimbursement programs and programs where hospitals will pay you full time while you work part time and attend school. idk it's hard to say and all states are different but if it's something you’re really determined for you'll find a way to make it happen
    no i currently do not, i'm taking my pre-reqs right now. i was weighing out the benefits of getting my asn and just going straight for my bachelors and it seems like if i did decide to get my asn i wouldn't have to pay a dime for it (except books) and then i could do a bridge rn-bsn program at one of my state universities. i really don't want to back track when i can go straight for my bachelors, but if it means i won't have to take out loans then i think that's my only option. also the problem with getting my associates is i probably won't find a job :/ so it'd be pointless to get it (do you get what i mean? )
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    In-state tuition at my school (Utah Valley University) for a full time student is about $1,800 per semester. $1800 x 8 semesters puts it at $14,400 for a BSN degree. This is assuming one finishes the degree in 8 semesters. Of course, being from Arizona you would have to establish residency first. The program is pretty competitive to get into, but definately worth the extra effort.

    Good luck in finding a school that will work for you!
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    I don't think you would have trouble finding a job with an ASN, I know a couple and they work for a government VA hospital and they made about 10k more with their BSN but then I've heard that the other hospitals in the area don't have any difference in pay between the two degrees. I go to a great school but once I get my ASN I plan on working as an RN and continuing my education to go for my BSN but whose knows after that Good Luck!! And I too hope I get into some of the programs the hospital offers with reimbursement!!
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    Quote from nicolemsm
    No I currently do not, I'm taking my pre-reqs right now. I was weighing out the benefits of getting my ASN and just going straight for my bachelors and it seems like if I did decide to get my ASN I wouldn't have to pay a dime for it (except books) and then I could do a bridge RN-BSN program at one of my state universities. I really don't want to back track when I can go straight for my bachelors, but if it means I won't have to take out loans then I think that's my only option. Also the problem with getting my associates is I probably won't find a job :/ so it'd be pointless to get it (do you get what I mean? )
    To answer your original question, there are lots of universities where you can get a BSN for under $50k. One of the keys is in-state and looking at public institutions. At one time, I had read that THE least expensive program in the nation was Fort Hays State University in Kansas. Don't know if that is still the case?

    I don't know who you have been speaking with, but new grads of both ADN/ASN and BSN programs in my area are equal in pay and neither the Assoc. nor the Bach. grads seem to be having a problem finding jobs. But, location is everything. Not all parts of the country are so fortunate.

    I would encourage you to post on the Regional boards here on allnurses to ask some people these questions in your area. Good luck to you!!
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    Quote from back2thebooks
    To answer your original question, there are lots of universities where you can get a BSN for under $50k. One of the keys is in-state and looking at public institutions. At one time, I had read that THE least expensive program in the nation was Fort Hays State University in Kansas. Don't know if that is still the case?

    I don't know who you have been speaking with, but new grads of both ADN/ASN and BSN programs in my area are equal in pay and neither the Assoc. nor the Bach. grads seem to be having a problem finding jobs. But, location is everything. Not all parts of the country are so fortunate.

    I would encourage you to post on the Regional boards here on allnurses to ask some people these questions in your area. Good luck to you!!
    Hey thanks for your suggestion, Fort Hays is really expensive now :/ like 20 k a year. My state school (ASU) is really cheap but the chances of getting in are VERY slim unless you have a 3.8 and up !

    Honestly, there are just no hospitals hiring hear in AZ. I've tried to even volunteer- they just do not want the liability of a volunteer the Nursing Department Heads explained :/. I'm just jumping through so many hoops and it's so discouraging to not be able to even get experience. I'm really just at a dead end right now I guess - but I'm sure I'll sort things out eventually.

    I guess I need to really reevaluate WHAT my goals are because at this rate I'm not going to achieve much.
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    I am in the BSN program at Rhode Island College (www.ric.edu) and it is very, very affordable. Full time tuition and fees come to $3200 per semester, which includes ATI testing expenses. It is competitive to get into, but the high NCLEX pass rate and low cost were reason enough for me to apply. I am going into my junior year now and I've enjoyed the program so far. Feel free to ask if you have questions about RIC.
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    I would suggest to get ADN first because alot of employers will pay for you to continue nursing school. That is a really great option ! ( at least most of larger employers around here with pay for it ) Dont forget to look into scholarships and grants Good luck !

    Zelda


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    Quote from RhodyGirl-SN
    I am in the BSN program at Rhode Island College (www.ric.edu) and it is very, very affordable. Full time tuition and fees come to $3200 per semester, which includes ATI testing expenses. It is competitive to get into, but the high NCLEX pass rate and low cost were reason enough for me to apply. I am going into my junior year now and I've enjoyed the program so far. Feel free to ask if you have questions about RIC.
    hey funny you say that! I actually looked at that college a few weeks ago and I wanted to speak to someone from admissions but I was busy so I put it off!!! Now that you mention it, I will look more into the program


    Quote from zrodriguez
    I would suggest to get ADN first because alot of employers will pay for you to continue nursing school. That is a really great option ! ( at least most of larger employers around here with pay for it ) Dont forget to look into scholarships and grants Good luck !

    Zelda
    Hi Zelda, at my current institution I've applied for all the scholarships I can and I currently managed to have my summer tuition all paid for (minus books!) I'm planning on getting scholarship assistance for fall too


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