I've financed my education through rural health intitive loans through the state. I receieve a certain amount each fall. It comes directly to me, I can spend it however I would like. For this I am required to work full time for 4 years in a high need area as an RN, which is everywhere I live. At the end of 4 years, the entire amount owed is forgiven.
I also can apply through my employer for a scholarship
. I can receive $2000 per semester, paid directly to my school. I also can receieve tuition reimbursement, which is $1500 per year, which is paid directly to me through my employer after I give them a reciept for schooling. I can also receieve, when I graduate, $167 per pay period for 2 years as a loan forgivness program. I can take all the above or any combination thereof for schooling from my employer. They'll also pay for furthering my education through any of the above routes (ie, it doesn't stop at just 1 degree).
The scholarship requires a contract to work (6 months for every semester they pay for), the tuition reimbursement does not (just requires that you work there when you ask for the $$$). The loan forgiveness program is new starting in Jan. and basically you work as as long as you want a payment (for 2 years), if you quit, the payments stop. The scholarship program is the only one that actually pays to the school, the rest pay to you.
There is another facility that is offering a monthly payment for schooling or living, etc (it's around $1500 per month).....the requirement is 48 hours per month while in school and then a 4 year contract when you graduate.