cost of nursing school

  1. Hey All,

    I am applying to nursing school for this fall. I am now in sticker shock. The program is a for a BSN. Probably gonna cost at least 30,000. That is if I get all my prereqs out of the way. Anyway, what are the usual reimbursement policies that the hospitals seem to advertise to attract nurses? I realize they are not all the same but do they mostly pay a certain amount each year or what?

    If I can't get into my local community college this seems to be an expensive option. Any thoughts?

    mona b
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  3. by   zudy
    Many hospital now have tuition reinbursement for students if they work as techs, or promise to work for the hospital a certain amt of time. I would definitely check it out at your local hospitals. Try calling human resources or nursing recruirtment. And be prepared to be stubborn, these places can be so disorganized.
  4. by   tonchitoRN
    don't worry about the money. look at it as an investment. you will recoup your money in a few short years. plus this is the cost of most universities. it is not just for nursing. that is the cost no matter what degree you seek. good luck.
  5. by   prenurse
    I don't know where you live, but $ 30,000 is way too expensive!!
    I am going to a community college and it's going to be less than $ 6000, when I'm finished, including books and uniforms. I am NOT going to a BSN program, but there are some in my community, and they are not over $ 10,000.
    I know some people think that's cheap, compared to what you stated, $30,000. And other's see it as $ 30,000 as being an investment, but why go broke!!
    I don't even think I will make $ 30,000 the first year as a nurse

    I praise you for going, we need more and believe me, the money is going to be the least of your worries in a few months, but IF I were you, I'd check around a little more, before getting in debt

    I do know alot of my co-students are being reimbursed by the hospitals where they work, and if that is available to you, that's great :chuckle , but if the hospitals have to pay that amount, maybe that's one more reason, we pay so much in medical expenses when we have to go or be in the hospital!!:imbar

    What ever you do, pay or go, Good Luck!!!
  6. by   oramar
    Do you have state run Universities where you live? In Pa we have state run school that have a lot lower tuition. I just don't know what other states have.
  7. by   ptnurse
    OUCH! You definitely need to look around for another program. I have a friend that went to a private college for her ADN degree. I went to the public university for my BSN. Her 2 year degree cost twice as much as my 4 year degree. Most hospitals now have programs where you can work and they will pay off your school loans. Of course you are taking the chance that those programs will still be in place when you graduate and need them. With the present shortage of nurses, I don't think it is much of a gamble. Good luck to you and let us know how you are progressing.
  8. by   meandragonbrett
    I'm going to a private university and it's 80K for a BSN. That includes room and board, but not books.

  9. by   prenurse

    When I posted my reply, I forgot to say that the $6000 is only for classes & books.

    It will be the total (estimate) for the 4 year program, but IT DOES NOT INCLUDE boarding! I am a home owner with a husband and a family.

    So I guess depending on your age and living arrangements, that would make a difference too on where you go!

    However, anything THAT high is too much, when there are plenty of excellant programs out there for way less!

    Have a good time where ever you go, you will be stressed, but you will learn and get a new knowledge of your body! :angel2:
  10. by   mona b RN
    The tuition is high and I have not decided what to do. The community colleges have wait lists but what is the sense of waiting 2-3 years to start an adn when I could be just about finished getting a BSN?

    Unfortunately, I have just started my math review and boy do I stink at math. I cannot believe how much I have forgotten and how much math I never learned in the first place.

    mona b
  11. by   EmeraldNYL
    Can you apply for scholarships? Try to take out loans too, you can get Stafford loans with low interest from the government. Think of it as an investment. Yes, school is expensive! I will be tens of thousands of dollars in debt when I graduate, because I took out loans to get my B.S. in biology and my nursing degree, but I will consolidate them after I graduate and try to find an employer with tuition reimbursement!
  12. by   nursing 101
    Well by the time I finish school I'll probably owe 20 thousand g's...
    I think about the money sometimes but I just go on and I hope to get in a hospital that reimburses tuition.
    As you said, the state school's have waiting list for about 2 years or so... I'm too old to wait that long... lol:chuckle
  13. by   New CCU RN
    First of all, the school has to offer financial aid.... go ahead and apply for this before you start the number crunching..... I am sure you will qualify for some sort of aid.

    For insance, I went to a private university for my BSN.... costs about 26,000 after books, room and board, classes, everything.... a year that is. Well, between Fin Aid and a small loan .... out of pocket per year ended up being about 5k. Which my parents thank goodness paid for.

    I currently owe a very small amount...less than a car loan in student loans... not bad in my opinion and if need be I can take 10 years to pay them back..and the interest rate is less than 4% right now.... needless to say, although the bill may seem huge.... go ahead and see what scholarships and fin aid you can get!!!!!! Esp if you'd have to wait another 2-3 years to get into the less expensive programs...and you;ll be able to go ahead and get your BSN out of the way which if that is a goal of yours.... you probably will end up saving money by getting it first... rather than spending extra money doing it one step at a time...

    Definitely look around...see whats out there.... but keep in mind the most important things...the quality of instruction, the clinical experiences and the NCLEX pass rate...

    And good luck with the math... practice makes perfect...
  14. by   RainbowSkye
    Hi y'all -
    I just wanted to tell you when I went through my nursing diploma program I paid $100/quarter which included room and board, books, uniforms, transportation to college for our first year, those cute little caps... (of course, this was in 1971 dollars).
    I would look into loans, grants, whatever... (I am sure in this nursing climate that there is a hospital somewhere who would help you out in return for your agreement to work for them for x number of years after graduation).
    Good luck!