Quote from hannah8
I hope you don't mind me hijacking the thread. I just got my NYU acceptance letter for Fall 2007-2008, and I plan to go there.
How much is the NYU tuition itself, with the student fees etc? What is the tuition payment schedule like, I mean is it by semester or is it different because of the 15-month structure?
Now that you're halfway there, what are some of the things you wished you knew when you first started?
The tuition (+ all fees) per semester comes out to be just about $17,000. The summer semester is less, I want to say closer to $11,500. So I would say that you are going to pay NYU $62,500 for the whole 15-month program. Of course, not included, is the cost of living here and your expenses for books and travel to all of your clinical sites. And you gotta eat too! Its a whole lot of money and there has been many threads on this site about whether its worth it or not to pay the big bucks. I think it comes down to the individual. Everyone in the program carries heavy loans but you have to keep it all in perspective- starting salary for BSN RNs in NYC is around $65,000.
There is also the prospect of free money (scholarships
) depending on your situation. I received a pretty decent scholarship
upon admission that is automatically renewed each semester (that's the NYU college of Nursing scholarship on your financial aid award letter) + there are a few smaller ones that I have been able to get. I am applying for another one in June that I believe is $10,000 with no strings attached. With all that said, I do know many in the program who got almost NO free money. There are also many scholarships for folks who will commit to working in NYC for 2 years after they graduate. I am planning on moving back to the west coast to do a Masters program, but otherwise, I would have jumped on that one.
The tuition payments are made per semester and they do offer payment plans for those in need. I think you can set it up so that you only pay part of the tuition at the beginning of the semester and continue with payments until the end of that semester. But if you are getting loans (stafford, perkins, and private) there is really no need to do this, from my perspective.
So hopefully I answered your financial questions about NYU. As for what I wished I had known...well, thats a tough one for me because I really didn't know anything! I had never even been to NY before!
Well, one thing that a lot of people have been upset about is that our clinical sites are all over the place (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Long Island!) and you have almost no say in where you get placed. THe registration system is pretty screwed up with all the traditional students getting to register before the accelerated students. Also, often times you won't even know what borough (let alone specific hospital) you are registering for. For some this is a huge deal. When you add your travel time into your clinical day, the day can become veryyyyy long (think long island!), and after your first semester you have multiple clinical days each week. I actually like the opportunity to explore all over so I don't mind so much being all over the city (I was in Brooklyn this term, I'll be in Manhattan for both clinicals this summer, and in the Fall I'll be in Queens).
I would write more, but I must get back to the books, I have two finals this week- but if you have any other specific questions, i'd be happy to answer them.
Congrats about your acceptance!!!