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Anyone attending Rivier College?

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by 2bNursewith7kids 2bNursewith7kids (Member) Member

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Just wanted to see if there are any people on these boards that are beginning the nursing program at Rivier College in the fall. Most of the threads I see are for those attending NHCTC in various cities.

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Hey there! I will be attending Rivier but will be starting as a junior. I am transferring from another program. Now this is all tentative as long as I can come up with more money! But.... I am already enrolled and taking Mental Health Nursing in just a couple weeks and can't wait!

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Hello fellow Riv student!

I will also be attending Rivier in the fall as an evening student. I am done all of my pre-reqs and can't wait to finally start my nursing classes! Hope you're in the evening program as well!

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Hey there! I will be attending Rivier but will be starting as a junior. I am transferring from another program. Now this is all tentative as long as I can come up with more money! But.... I am already enrolled and taking Mental Health Nursing in just a couple weeks and can't wait!

Hi, Kukukajoo: How is your Mental Health nursing going? Nice to hear that you are going to Rivier. I attend Rivier's day nursing program.

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I had to withdraw from the program unfortunately. I delayed this decision until the first day of class and was wrecked by it at first but fine now.

My gram has come to live me as of yesterday and that is my priority. With Rivier's schedule I would be attending 5 days a week and they would not allow me to combine evening classes with day or take online classes as a day student to help me with my schedule. That daily commute would have been 3 hours minimum plus classes and clinicals. Some days I would be driving that much for a 2 hour class!

So I am staying at the local tech. It is really what is best now gram is here. I will only be attending 3 days a week and the adult daycare is open during those hours to care for her.

Life will be challenging and I have made a small sacrifice but I have to say in the end I am happy with the decision- it was just hard and heartbreaking to make. Gram will be happier here than the nursing home and I can earn my BSN anytime in the future.

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Sorry to hear that you had to withdraw, especially on the first day! But if you are satisfied with the decision, I am sure it is the correct one for you and your grandmother. I can sympathize with your situation. I am married and have seven kids. My youngest are a set of twins that just started school last year and the oldest is going into his senior year of high school. There are times when I have to sit back and wonder if I am doing the right thing, especially right now because we do not qualify for any financial aid. I took out $8,000 in the unsubsidized loans and I still have over $8,000 I must take out in loans just to cover this semester! I sometimes wonder if I am being a bit selfish by running up this huge debt for college at my age. But then I realize that I have always wanted to be a maternal/child nurse. I know that we only have one life to live...one chance to journey down the path of life. I decided that I will be darned if I don't see this goal to fruition. It is with rock-solid determination that I am able to do it with kids and a husband. Thank God I was able to quit my job of 14 yrs. with a government agency, and I am pursuing this goal. Hope everything works out for you and your grandmother.

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Wow- my oldest are twins- they are in college too! I hear you about the finances, it can be so difficult. I posted many links on the NH board for schoalrship opportunities and I think I have more that are local to NH I can look up and post later.

Things with gram are going very very well so far- even the kids have picked up the slack and stepping up to the plate- I am so proud of them!! My gram has a great sense of humor and is a pleasure to have around. Some work, but worth it in my eyes!

Talk to Rivier Financial aid- it is my understanding that they have other aid available but you have to go in and actually speak to them in person and apply in person. I will try to post those other links I have soon.

Take care!!!

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Thanks for all the scholarship information that you've been so nice to post here on the boards. Unfortunately, none of those will help me for this semester. My husband and I have over $150,000 in taxable income for tax year '06, so my EFC was basically over $40,000. I did go into to speak to a financial aid counselor in person, but there is nothing they can do for me, because our financial situation does not warrant any funds or grants. I put in for personal student loans over and above what they give me in loans backed by the federal government. My GPA is a perfect 4.0 for the one semester I attended, so the officer said I would be a prime candidate for some type of scholarship but it is not even available until the winter. So that will not help me right now, but it is a glimmer of hope for some other semester. That is the drawback for me right now, I cannot qualify for anything so I will be going into debt for the next two decades to just pay for this education. But I will keep all the links that you so generously posted so that I may be able to apply for them next year when our income is not so high. Thanks!!

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Thank you for this post. I graduate in May from Rivier's evening ADN program. I have gotten myself all worked up about the staggering tution debt I face when I graduate. Did you know that the federal governments "critical shortage facility" program only awarded less than 20% of applicants in 2005 due to funding? I was really counting on that program and had been directing my Job Search toward such facilities as a result. No idea how years since have ended up or how 2008 looks, but I at least know it's not even close to being something I can count on. This one certainly sounds more promising. I will be 40 when I graduate and do not relish the idea of having student loan payments the entire length of my nursing career! :)

I am a mother of "only" 4 :) Oldest 2 in HS, third in preschool, youngest a toddler!

Thank you!

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