I know this question has been asked before but is scattered throughout the BB and not in one thread. My question is Where did all you CRNA's, and SRNA's receive your funding while you were going though your programs??? I have filed for the federal financial aid, looked at Plato.org, Teri.org, and Sallimae.org for low interest loans, I have looked on some of the scholarship
search sites and really haven't found much out there for CRNA's I haven't found any grant money ether. I am looking in the wrong place or is Loans my only option. Does anyone know of any other sites/banks that offer good deals on loans or better yet anyone where some free money is??
Another question: what factors did you look at (or wish you would have looked at) when taking out loans.
Also if you had to do it all over again would you have done anything different (financial aid wise)??
I am just having a little bit of sticker shock right now on the price of my program and rent costs.
Thanks in advance for posting, any help would be great.
Feb 16, '03
Let me try to clarify something here.
First, I disagree with N2bate in her assessment of the military...enough said.
I'm a first year SRNA and a commissioned officer in the Army Reserve.
WHAT I GET FROM THE ARMY:
I receive a monthly stipend (STRAP) of $1,000/month. Also, I will get $50,000 in loan repayment. I drill once a month (around $300 for a weekend) even though I'm not requied to do so when I'm in school. Do the math, that's around $90,000.
WHAT THE ARMY GETS FROM ME:
Two years of service for every year of assistance during my education. My program is 33 months long, so I am required to serve for 6 years. This obligation is Reserve training. That means one weekend a month and two weeks of active duty(generally in the summer) training.
I have been in the National Guard/Reserve since I was 17. Obviously, this was a much easier decision for me to make.
Once again, I am in the Reserve, and therefore, I am only familiar with Reserve obligations.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questons.
Last edit by gotosleep on Feb 16, '03