Hey there Mystic, I was in the same boat as you when I got into St. Joe's, worried about how much it would cost. But to be honest, the cost of an education should not stand in the way of getting that education. The tuition for my first year was 7300 and that included microbiology at CCRI. Here is the breakdown of costs for the FIRST semester:
Freshman Health Fee 125
Freshman Library Fee 50
Freshman Background CHeck Fee 40
RN Comprehensive Tests 65
Freshman Instructional Media Fee 250
Freshman Lab Fee 300
NSNA Dues 25
RN Nutrition (a first semester class) 600
FR Recognition Fee 60
Freshman Student Class Fee 50
RN Nursing tuition 2100
So you can see that there are a lot of fees and tuition itself comes out to 2,700. I don't know the breakdown of the second semester but it worked out to be about the same amount of money just different fees.
I don't have the bill for second year yet but I'd imagine it would be in the 7,000 range for me because I don't have any other CCRI classes to take. So if you are done with all the other classes, expect to pay 21,000 to 24,000 for the three years. That may sound like a lot compared to CCRI and considering the fact that you are not getting a degree, but the education is worth it. St. Joes is a great school and it will prepare you to be a great nurse. The next closest diploma program is Brockton hospital and a girl I know is paying more than double St' Joes tuition there.
Bottom line, education is an investment. You pay a lot up front but you get a lifetime of returns. You should have access to student loans and scholarships
that will help you pay for it and you don't have to make a payment until you graduate. I know that when I graduate from nursing school that I will get a job (eventually) and I will be able to pay those loans back so I am not worried about it one bit. Hell I already have 30,000 in student loans from Providence College but I had no qualms about adding to that debt. My wife has thousands in student loans from URI grad school but her job as a physical therapist more than takes care of that. But we are very smart with our money, we save a lot and we don't have any credit card debt. We know that in the long run the student loans are more a help for us to accomplish are goals than they are a burden on our wallet.
Anyway enough blabbering from me. I think you will be attending orientation soon, right? Like the end of June or something...how fun. Get ready for summer reading and a nice book report due the first day of class! I look forward to meeting you in August.