I'm not rich! How do they expect some of us to get this done!? - page 2

*sighs* I am a bit frazzled, annoyed, disenchanted, whatever you want to call it. I was accepted to the LPN program a couple of weeks ago and they gave me a long list of things I needed to do before... Read More

  1. by   angelac1978
    Quote from Truly_Blessed
    lol, hmmm, then how would I pay the monthly payment? heehee.

    well you would pay the minimums until you get your financial aid $$$ and pay off the balance. This is the only way that I would recommend anyone putting their supplies on credit. Otherwise, like Carolanne said, it's a dangerous trap.

  2. by   Havin' A Party!
    Not to minimize the expense of it all, but all those requirements are fairly typical.

    Don't know you're situation but a job in a hospital or perhaps a clinic -- even if part-time -- would likely get you all the shots and testing for "free."

    Additonally, you may qualify for tuition reimbursement as well.
  3. by   nursedawn67
    Try a job service agency, or how about Social Service, somtimes these places allow for this type of need. Definately figure all of your expenses into your financial aid, that way you can repay or just have the extra money for whatever "needs" pop up later.
  4. by   lunakat
    Quote from RNKITTY04
    Does your area offer "work source" I know for a fact that they payed for my friends uniforms, books tutuion, gas and various other fees. If I were you (and I have done this before) literally throw yourself on the mercy of financial aid. Beg, Plead, Cry... I KNOW there is always something they can do to help. You just gotta motivate them enough. :chuckle
    Ya in my area (CA) it's called JTO (Job Training Office). Its based on your income. They pay books, school fees, supplies, gas $ and even child care. Maybe you should call your unemployment office and see what your options are ..... Good luck
  5. by   NewEnglandRN
    Here is what I figured it will cost me before I start in September:

    Physical $25. copay
    Hep B $45. for the series
    CPR course $80.
    uniforms, etc $250. through school
    stethoscope $60.
    shoes $60
    watch $40.
    liability insurance $20
    Nursing Competency pack $650.
    school supplies $75.
    Cost of first semester $1500.
    other books $100.
    new glasses so I can see! $400.
    1st semester total cost: $3305.
    Getting into Nursing school: priceless

  6. by   ARmickie
    Don't freak out until you have talked to your schools financial aid and nursing department offices. Chances are, it's not going to be as bad as you think. The college knows that alot (almost all) of their nursing students are going to be dependant on financial aid, and for most of us, a Pell grant is a major source of that aid. They are aware that we can't get our hands on the money right now. Alot of times, the fin aid office will agree to have these expenses "charged" to your fin aid account, since the money will be there in a month. I know it's so easy to get frustrated about it, but just wait to panic until after you've talked to the fin aid office, at least! Good luck.
  7. by   or-nery
    Be careful when scheduling your physical. Because I sheduled it as such, with a form to fill out, my doctor charged 100$$ - NOT covered by insurance ...They don't even apply it to my deductible. All that for a 10 minute assessment...5 minute form, at the most.
  8. by   Truly_Blessed
    Thanx for all of the info you guys. I appreciate it. I'm alot calmer than I was this morning. I will call the Texas Workforce and see what they have to offer. Still, keep the comments and suggestions coming....I am trying to get my hands on ALL the help I can get, and maybe someone else is in my situation and this will be helpful. Once again, thank you very much
  9. by   z's playa
    I just thought of something. Go to your schools web site and there should be a list of scholarships and burseries you can apply for. Thats a good way to pick up extra cash. Only thing is you have to meet the requirements of that particular scholarship and some are really wierd. Like you must be a single mother under 23 or you must be an aboriginal indian and a recovering alcoholic. You're guarenteed to qualify for a least 45 and it doesn't matter how many you get! Look into that.
    Last edit by z's playa on May 9, '04 : Reason: spelling
  10. by   Energizer Bunny
    Our school gives us the physical free, but we have to pay $50 for our varicella titer and TB test. I have to dole that out next week and this week it was $52 for the professional CPR class. UGH! will it ever end? and I have heard nothing about my financial aid or loans yet!
  11. by   mariessas_mom
    Quote from MichelleinMA
    Here is what I figured it will cost me before I start in September:

    1st semester total cost: $3305.
    Getting into Nursing school: priceless

    So, so true. It is expensive, but it will all pay off in the end! I will scrounge in whatever way possible.Goodness, what is a nursing competency pack? $650?? wow!
  12. by   Truly_Blessed
    AAaaaw, thanx everyone for your help. I was on the phone for about 2 hours with different organizations. I spoke with the Texas Workforce and they offer a program for students that covers tuition fees and books. They said that means I can keep my pell grant for living expenses!!! They also cover uniforms and supplies, and pay for health insurance for the duration of the program!! Yaaaay! This will help me out times 10. Thanks for the suggestions you guys! Have a blessed day
  13. by   manna
    Ah, the importance of being prepared. Good luck!

    I can relate. I was accepted into rad tech school last year and wasn't able to go because of all of the expenses (turned out to be a good thing, anyway).

    It'd be interesting to see what everyone's expenses are..

    Hep B and TB - $125
    Physical - covered by insurance up to $100, thank goodness!
    Health insurance - $450/year
    Malpractice - $20/year
    Nametags - $36
    Uniforms - $200
    Shoes - $50
    Skills packs - $80
    Tuition - $3600/year
    Books (junior year) - $1,000
    Equipment (steth, etc) - $150

    I'm sure I'm forgetting something.....