After I get my ADN (God willing) I plan on going back to get my BSN. I have heard people talk about hospitals giving tuition reimbursement to finish up your degree. Has anyone gone this route? What "debt" do you have to pay to that hospital and do you have to work full-time? Thank so much for any info!
Dec 4, '01
Tuition reimbursement is usually a benefit from the facility you work for -- not debt. Most of the ones around here require that you've been working for them for six months and that you maintain a certain grade level (probably 3.0 on a 4.0 scale), and then they reimburse the amount of tuition after you complete each semester.
There are also programs here that will pay for your last year of nursing school for a time committment after you graduate and require that you work at least 16 hours a month as a nurse tech while you're in school.
It's worth looking into all your options.
Dec 5, '01
At the facility where I will begin working soon, they offer tuition reimbursement with a particular school if you return for their RN-BSN program. It is good after working for six months, I believe, and they will reimburse up to six semester hours worth of credit each semester. (I.E., you take two classes per semester and they'll pay for it...depends on what classes you're taking. The nursing class I just finished was worth nine credits, so they would have theoretically paid for six of them and I would have had to come up with the rest.) Another program they offer is a stipend program that says they will pay you $/month while you are in school with the agreement that you owe them two months of employment for every month that they pay you. That is nice, because you get the money upfront when you need it, but it's monthly, so it may be tight depending on how much your tuition is.
Last edit by NICU_Nurse on Aug 28, '03
Dec 8, '01
Many hospitals are offerring tuition reimbursement for time in their hospital in return. For instance, the hospital I am starting at in january gives 4000 dollars in loan forgiveness for a year of work in return. Many hospitals are offerring these deals to junior and senior nursing students. Though you are committed to the hospital, you always have the choice of paying back the loan while earning more money somewhere else. This is the deal I have at least. Also, some of the states are passing loan forgiveness laws. Pennsylvania has a loan forgiveness program for all PHEAA organized loans, including Stafford, Perkins, etc.
The trick isn't to find a hospital that is doing this because most of them are. the trick is to find one you're comfortable with starting at immediately after you graduate. I would recommend getting a job somewhere as an EMT or Aide, and seeing if you like the place. That way you have a jump start, and form a relationship with the hospital. In this relationship, they are more likely to give you what you want to retain you. Let's face it. If they don't give you what you want, they know you're going to go somewhere else and have someone pay you more for your services.
Good Luck in your Endeavors
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