As far as stipends go, I have seen people get positive responses by posting on www.nursingnet.org
under the CRNA jobs board.
As for the other posters question.
I am not accepted yet, but I am confident. I have applied to seven schools and have heard from two of them within a month of applying.
I can tell you where I stand and what experience has gotten me to the interview stage. My first interview is next tuesday with Georgetown, followed two weeks later by Providence RI.
Here is a brief overview of my experience.
Four years of ICU, (one year CCU, and three years Trauma SICU with burns)
One year of above as permanent charge in a level one trauma center surgical intensive care
I am an ACLS instructor, have TNCC and PALS, Published a paper, and I have my CCRN.
Hope that helps. I know one other person, with about the same experience, and they are in school now.