paying for nursig school

  1. how did everyone pay for nursing school i can't get financial aid and i only make 12.00 an hour as a CNA so what else can i do
  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   nurse_flo_marie
    Does your company where you work as a CNA offer any scholarships or maybe even a nursing school loan?
    I would first ask your HR person, but if they say no ask your Director of Nursing or Administrator. Tell them you're in a bind (for whatever reason) and you really want to go to nursing school. Some companies have systems set up to offer loans to employees.
    I would also look into associations & organizations in areas you are interested in. A lot of them offer scholarships to those pursuing nursing school.
    I don't know if you're in Massachusetts, but there is a company called Mass Senior Care that offers scholarships for nursing staff working in long term care.

    Hope this helps! Good Luck!
  4. by   not.done.yet
    If you only make $12/hr you should qualify for student loans at a minimum. Why do you say you cannot qualify for these?
  5. by   traumaRUs
    Moved to student forum
  6. by   Wannabenurseneko
    You should be able to apply for financial aid with your wages , in the past I have paid for classes out of pocket and it was very hard. Did you try signing up for it again this year ?. I thought I would not be able to get it ,but my advisor encouraged me to try again and I was able to get it this year ; I think you should try again do not give up .
  7. by   flowerpowerntx
    Student loans
  8. by   Mavrick
    Student loans, scholarships, part-time employment throughout nursing school (full-time during the summer).

    I went to an astronomically expensive private nursing school. I took out the loans necessary and saw it as an investment in myself. At that time there was a nursing shortage so the State forgave 25% of the loan for three years and 15% in the fourth year. I was making payments all along so it was pretty well paid off after 4 years.

    If I had to do it again, I would go to a much less expensive school but take out as much student loans I could with the same caveat that I was making an investment in myself.
  9. by   Apple-Core
    Are you sure you don't qualify for FAFSA? Could you move in with family (if you don't already live with them) to help out for the 2 years of school? Community college is the cheapest option, and pay for it with student loans.