30 y/o Male needs financial aid of any kind !

  1. I am a 39 year old male English teacher in Oklahoma and have long desired to enter nursing. I need as much information as I can get on financial aid for non-traditional nursing students - including student loans. Can anybody help?? I am particularly interested in hospital sponsorship of my education with a contract proviso for working after graduation.
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  3. by   Sleepyeyes

    Another glutton for punishment. As if high school teens weren't enough, Mr. Cotter tackles ER.

    But---you know I'm just kiddin', doncha?

    We've just added 2 staff members who were also teachers, so there IS a way. Teaching does translate well to nursing and if you believe you're gonna love it, you probably will.

    Don't be shy, call around to your local hospitals and ask. They'd be happy to show you around because you've already established that you have the ability and the brains to get through college and stick to a real job.

    Check into the Nurse Reinvestment Act--you may qualify for tuition reimbursement or other perks through that. Do a search of your state Nursing Association. Do a FAFSA online---you never know....

    Wouldn't you be able to use a lot of your credits for the Gen Ed requirements?

    Also, go for the ADN program. You could do that and work fulltime. Once you have your ADN, you can get other degrees online.

    Good luck and welcome to the Board. This is a great place to get info and de-stress.
    Last edit by Sleepyeyes on Apr 10, '03
  4. by   AmyLiz
    Welcome to the boards, author!

    I agree w/ Sleepyeyes...call around to your local hospitals, they may be able to help you out & also do a FASFA online as you will most likely need one for your school's financial aid office anyway.

    Since you've got a bachelors (I'm assuming), you won't qualify for a lot of finaid...which totally sucks. I'm there, I know. But there is a lot out there that you can get, you just have to look for it. Visit your Financial aid office at your school. The counselors there should be able to find some avenues for you.

    Also you might try www.fastweb.com...fill out a profile & they'll match you up with some scholarship opportunities.

    Are you a member of a church? Check out their national website...you might find that they have scholarships that you can apply for as well.

    And I know for a fact that Tylenol's website has a scholarship application on it. Check that out as well.

    And my suggestion, like Sleepyeyes said...go for an ADN at a community college. It'll be less expensive, and you can always get another degree online (since you have a bachelors, you may be able to go to an RN-MSN program online as well, if you wish)

    Good luck!
  5. by   Dublin37
    Hospitals are totally willing to pay for your school once you're working there that is. First you have to be working there.........hmmm, well you can do a red cross weekend to become a CNA. I'm afraid, it's a poor paying job, but then you have your foot in the door. Only apply at hospitals that reimburse tuition. You can sub to pay for rent etc. I don't know where you live, but in CA, it's about $100.00 a day, so then you can take all your classes around it. I know there are tons of nursing scholarships, I was looking in a scholarship book at the bookstore.
    I used to teach 8th grade history, and people are always shocked when I tell them I'm going into nursing. They think I'm insane . I can't wait to be a nurse. And I'm 41, and I haven't even started the program!
    Good luck to you! Heather
    Last edit by Dublin37 on Apr 10, '03