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I just finished with my admissions and received the preliminary results of the credits I need! Now I just need to enroll! I was wondering if anyone knew any information about how much it cost when you enrolled for the LPN to associates program, and if you were able to use student loans towards that?

How much did you end up paying for enrollment and first classes (books and everything).

Also what kind of help is offered for military spouses?

I plan on calling on monday, I got my results on thursday and they are closed for the weekend for the holiday and Im just a little antsy! Thanks for any info!

TashaLPN2006RN2012, ASN, RN

Specializes in Home Health, Podiatry, Neurology, Case Mgmt. Has 8 years experience. 1 Article; 1,715 Posts

As a military spouse you will get a discount on the enrollment fee. I think i paid right around $800 to enroll into the program...you DO NOT have to buy your textbooks through EC! you can find ALL your textbooks on ebay etc for pennies on the dollar! my fundamentals book was $4.99 which included shipping, i got two editions previous to the one that is "recommeneded/required" . Also the enrollment fee can be split up into monthly payments, i think i paid about $150 or so per month.

If you havent used the MyCaa program yet as a military spouse (as long as hubby is E5 or less) you can qualify for a $4000 grant. it's the my career advancement account through military one source. I used that until this month and it has so far paid for every exams i had to take up to this point so the only money to come out of pocket has been practice exams, books, and the enrollment fee and now i'll have to pay for my CPNE.

Also EC gives military spouse scholarships, you must fill out your FASFA and have it submitted to the school, even though you can't get federal aid for this program, in April, Sept and Dec they give out the $500 scholarships, but i had to email the Veterans financial aid department at EC and inquire about it, and then after i submitted a copy of my military id card to them they awarded me $500 this past month and told me they had extras but no one inquires about them and they dont always knwo you are a military spouse.

If you have any other questions let me know!

TashaLPN2006RN2012, ASN, RN

Specializes in Home Health, Podiatry, Neurology, Case Mgmt. Has 8 years experience. 1 Article; 1,715 Posts

Oh and don't forget you do NOT have to be enrolled to take any of the gen eds required and health & safety and Transitions, those you can take bEFORE you pay that enrollment fee...i'd do that first! Just print off the Free EC content guide (it's like a syllabus for each exam) and in it will tell you what books you need for that particular exam and what you need to study for the exam.

TashaLPN2006RN2012, ASN, RN

Specializes in Home Health, Podiatry, Neurology, Case Mgmt. Has 8 years experience. 1 Article; 1,715 Posts

Okay last time i promise...the exams are around $250 each for the nursing ones and i think A&P was $345 or something like that but it's also 6 credit hours too =)

EXAMPLE:

$250 Health & Safety exam fee

$50 required books if you get them off of ebay it willb e 50 or less for them, you may even already have some

$65 (OPTIONAL) practice exams

DaniJeffries1

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Thanks for all the great info! It was great to know I can get started on the gen ed classes because I have look 30 credits I need... YIKES!

Were you not aloud to test on base for free? The information I received from the school was as long as base is set up for computer based testing then I will be able to test on base for free! If not I have to find a pearson vue.

Unfortunately my hubby is an officer so I wont qualify for that grant... =( which would be super helpful!

Thanks for all the info it was so helpful!!! let me know about your experience with testing on base!

TashaLPN2006RN2012, ASN, RN

Specializes in Home Health, Podiatry, Neurology, Case Mgmt. Has 8 years experience. 1 Article; 1,715 Posts

O1 and O2 spouses and W1 and W2 spouses qualify too...

as far as testing on post, the testing center her on knox is only open certain days and certain hours and i didnt have the money to pay for child care just so i could test. i can plan my exam around my husbands work schedule using pearsonvue. It doesn't cost me anything extra to test at pearsonvue...unless you dont have to pay the $250 per exam because you are taking it on post? that's all i pay for the exam...

DaniJeffries1

19 Posts

when I talked to the admmissions person they told me I wouldn't be paying anything to test on base saving around 200$ a test. I will ask them again tomorrow when I call!

TashaLPN2006RN2012, ASN, RN

Specializes in Home Health, Podiatry, Neurology, Case Mgmt. Has 8 years experience. 1 Article; 1,715 Posts

yeah that doesn't sound right, unless YOU are active duty military as well, then yes that would be true. I was told ONLY military service members can test for free...military spouses only recieve a discount on the enrollment fee, the yearly student services fee, and the graduation fee.