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Financial aid help?

Ok, so we all know how long this nursing school stuff can take. I am finishing pre reqs next semester, and will HOPFULLY start nursing classes in Fall 09. However, I am engaged to get married and I wanna get married now. Will they cut my grants? I cant afford to loose any help. But I dont wanna wait 3 years to get married! (we will have broken up by then...Jus kiddn...lol). He makes like 40K, and we have my duaghter with us and he pays $1000 in child support. What do you guys think? Should I wait?

That's a good question. Yes, you will probably lose your grants, or part of them. I just applied and didn't get any aid. I have 3 children and our combined income was $65000.

Ultimately, it is up to you to decide which is more important. You weigh out the pros and cons and see which one makes the most sense. As great as grants are, you do still have other financial options. You could get a student loan and/or scholarships if you do choose to get married.

I am a single parent of two. I am currently in the pre nursing program at GPC. Once I finish my prereq and actually begin the program I hear it is really hard to work and do well, I hear there is lots of aid out there to help you, however I have searched and only see the regular fasa and of course student loan. there is a girl I met that said she gets 6-10grand a semester in scholorships and free money so she doesnt have to work and can focus on school. It is my goal to not work once I get in the program.

Does anyone have info on free money available for nursing?

So I get about 5500, a semester, with the loans and grants. So I havent been working, just school fulltime. I didnt want loans, but its a big help. I just cant afford to loose the 1500 or more in free money. Its sad that I cant get married because of school! So I either have no health insurance and free grants, or a husband and health insurance and no grants!!! Cant win for loosing!

My plan is to refi my house when I start actual nursing school. But I am making it fine with the loans and grants....so I may not need to.

Anyone know if I can get medicaid, being a single mom, fulltime student with no job? Or is that just for preg women?

Do you live with your fiance? I tried to get it for myself and my kids before I got married. They go by household income. I was able to convince them to accept my daughters because they were not my boyfriend's children nor his financial responsbility.

But health insurance was the ultimate reason I married my DH. I know that sounds bad but we were perfectly happy just living together, the commitment was still the same without the piece of paper. But we needed good health insurance (hate TNcare with a passion but it helped when I needed it).

I do believe that health insurance is more important than $1500 in grants. I have issues there and that security means much more to me than a couple thousand dollars in my pocket. But that's just me and my issues...

modelmama07

Specializes in Wannabe NICU Nurse.

Well me and my husband are both students, he works full time, and I stay at home with, but we both get financial aid. I got about $2500 this semester in grants. He got about the same plus a small loan. So I'm not sure how much you'll actually loose by just being married. It really all depends how they factor in the gross income. I know in Texas there is Medicaid for women who are not pregnant. Its for women's health though (paps, family planning, annual check up, etc.). If I were you, health insurance is way more important than an extra $1500 a semester, so I say get hitched! :p:redbeathe

Well me and my husband are both students, he works full time, and I stay at home with, but we both get financial aid. I got about $2500 this semester in grants. He got about the same plus a small loan. So I'm not sure how much you'll actually loose by just being married. It really all depends how they factor in the gross income. I know in Texas there is Medicaid for women who are not pregnant. Its for women's health though (paps, family planning, annual check up, etc.). If I were you, health insurance is way more important than an extra $1500 a semester, so I say get hitched! :p:redbeathe

I have to add that some schools require insurance to be in the program. I have to turn in proof of health insurance when I finally start the program.

coolpeach

Specializes in ER/Ortho.

I believe if you get married they will just look at your total combined income, and worth instead of just yours. I would call up your financial aid advisor and ask her. Tell her exactly how much he makes, and about child support and see if you will still qualify.

Income is only one factor in determining financial aid suitability. They also take into number of people in the house, how many others in your household are in college, etc. So there is no specific income bracket.

Dream2BANurse

Specializes in Corrections.

My husband made $42,000 with me(stay home mom/student) and 3 kiddos..my financial aid is roughly $600 per semester.

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