Just a thought, but if you're looking around at jobs, and see some that say "Nursing Assistant" without the "Certified" part, check the job qualifications. Sometimes they just want you to have *some* kind of experience, but the certification isn't necessary to get the job. Now you can get experience by volunteering at a nursing home, volunteering at a senior activity center, volunteering anywhere seniors are gathered (church, veterans clubs, etc.).
Another thing to try is to ask around for nursing homes that will "sponsor" you to become a CNA. They hire you on, put you to work, and put you through class and your CNA exams, and in return you work for them for X amount of time afterwards.
I think I paid about $450 for my CNA class, just to register at the community college. Then I had to pay fees for a TB test, and a Hep B test if I wanted it (not required for class, but will be if you work anywhere), then I had to buy things I needed for theory, practicals, and clinicals like scrubs
, stethoscope, etc., then school supplies like books, notebooks, pens, bookbag, etc. Then of course were the testing fees, and other incidental things you end up paying for, like your lunch where you're doing clinicals.
It's hard to pay, pay, pay, but you have to just remember the old adage, "You have to spend money to make money". But if you can't get that much money together, then I would suggest trying alternate routes like the ones I described above. Typically the RC isn't going to give you free CNA classes.