I was accepted to all of the BSN/MSN FNP programs I applied to this year--three of them among the most selective in the country. My thinking was, if you're smart enough to get in, and have high financial need, they'll do whatever they can to keep you in the program. One school even claimed to cover 100% of financial need!
Well, I was wrong. I decided to accept one of the offers and manage to close all but $20,000 with loans, scholarships, grants and a resident assistant position. But, I've got no way of securing that $20,000 without a huge risk because I don't have cosigners and the interest rate on a private, alternative loan would be astronomical.
I am devastated and in a big rut. I could:
1. take the risk, start school, and hope that I get more aid during the school year.
2. wait til next year and apply to other accelerated BSN programs which are cheaper, but still way out of my price range, and that won't offer the same quality of education
3. Go to CC for my RN and pay almost nothing but also have what seems to be considered a "useless" degree in the nursing field after two years' work.