Hello, just hoping someone can put this into perspective for me, or maybe just offer some input or support.
I just got accepted into my local community college's nursing program. I live in a very large city so I know that an ASN will not be enough to get me a nursing job. The counselors at my school are very upfront about this, and I plan on attending an RN-BSN program immediately afterwards.
While I was taking my prerequisite classes, I spoke to other pre-nursing students and it feels like everyone else is moving on to the big, expensive (!!!) BSN programs in the area. I just absolutely can't afford those programs right now. I am 22, single, and completely independent from any parental support. However, FAFSA still considers me a "dependent" because of my age which blocks me from getting financial aid, so I am paying for school out of pocket. By the time I graduate with my ASN, I will be 24 and will no longer be considered a dependent, so I will receive aid to help fund my RN-BSN at a big school.
In the long run I am looking at spending around $14k for my ASN, and then around $35k (or less, depending on where I go) for my RN-BSN, which brings me to a grand total of about $49k. If I went straight for the BSN at a big school, it would cost me at LEAST $70k. I'd also have some pre-reqs to complete before applying which would be another couple thousand. That is a HUGE savings!
It will also take about the same amount of time.
My school's program is pretty good and competitive. The licensing exam pass rate is high and many students successfully complete their RN-BSN after graduation.
Sorry for ranting, but I am very confident in my decision and think that it is a smart choice to make... so why do people look down at me for it? Trust me, I'd love to go to a big name school, but it wouldn't benefit me if I have to drop out after a year due to finances.