Hey guys, new to this website, but firgured this is the perfect place to ask the question. Can I really afford NP school? I am single, not married, no kids, and nothing holding me back. I am almost finished my BSN (done in July), and have been an ICU RN for almost 3 years now. I really would like to go back to school next year, 2014, and start getting my NP. The thing is, I live by myself, so I am paying for my entire apartment by myself. Even if I find a roommate to cut the costs in half, will I be able to possibly work agency part time and still afford it? I have student loans, but can put those on deferment while getting my NP. I have no credit card debt, but I do have a car payment each month of $300. How much can I work while still attending NP school? Possibly work more during the first half, but work less towards the second half of school? Are the loans/scholarships out there for me? Should I save for a few years before starting school? Should I/can I get loans to help pay for rent? Is that even smart? Any input from experience, or tips would be very greatful. Thanks!