I, personally, am not interested in becoming a CRNA, but wanted to share the content of this article I happened upon in the book by Matthew Lesko entitled "Free Money to Change your Life." Has anyone taken advantage of this program? here it is, from page 84:
("Nurse Aneshhetist Traineeships 93.124)
Division of Nursing
Bureau of Health Professions
Health Resources and Services Administration
Public Health Service
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Room 9-36, 5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857
RNs can receive money to become nurse anesthetists through this program that provides funds for a maximum 18 month period of full time study. Nurses must complete 12 months of study in a nurse anesthetist program. Money can be used to support a student while completing the training program. Students need to apply to those institutions that have received the money. For a listing of institutions that received money contact the above office. Student stipend is usually $8,500 plus tuition and other expenses. Money available: $2,717,000."
Somebody check it out and let us know how you fare, and if you have to sign over your first born or something!