Private colleges worth the money?

  1. I am considering applying to one of the private colleges here and it's going to cost me about $50k. I'm having a really hard time with this amount. I am on the SLCC waiting list but not "scheduled" to start until 2013. Just curious if it's worth the money to be able to start 2-3 years earlier? Or would it be worth it to get a job at IHC and do their program, work, and take care of kids? Anyone do the IHC program with kids? So confused on what to do. Any advice would be appreciated!
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  3. by   CPhT2RNstudent
    Don't pay the $50K! I graduated from slcc dec '09. I only waited 2 years. You will start sooner. The field is saturated right now. The $50K will get you out into a saturated field sooner with no job to pay off the loans.
  4. by   Meriwhen
    IMO, think long and hard before racking up the debt. The job market sucks for new grads now and there's no idea if/when it will get better. Also, with so many new grads out there looking for work, graduating from a private college probably won't give you any advantage over other applicants.

    I don't know what IHC is as I'm not from this state (I just wandered in here). But I do know that a lot of new grads who went the expensive college route are now regretting it because they either aren't getting jobs, or if they did get a job, they're not getting the monster salaries and bonuses that new grads got only a few years ago--either way, they're struggling with repaying those loans.

    Best of luck.
  5. by   tfleuter
    With that kind of tuition, my guess is you are looking at Utah Career College? Last I heard that was approx the amount of their nursing program, but I'm not sure about the cost for others like provo college, ameritech, steven's h, ect. Also, is that the cost for the ASN or BSN? I can't imagine spending that much just for an associates degree. Like others, I would definately recommend getting on the waitlist for SLCC and saver yourself a lot of money. That or consider that state colleges and universities. I'm at UVU right now and for the BSN I'm guessing I will be out about $15k once it's all said and done. I would think working as a CNA or PCT at one of the hospitals would be a great way to gain experience while waiting to start at SLCC. You can graduate at a later date (when hopefully the market for new grads will be better), have spent a fraction on tution cost and have a nice resume with patient care-based experience