What would you do?

  1. I applied to and was placed on the waiting list at my local CC in South Jersey, for Spring 05. I am
    now researching schools in the Philly area. Methodist Hospital Division of TJU Hospital
    offers an ASN program, with a few openings left for Fall 04, but it is $15K a year.
    The other school is Northeastern Hospital/Temple Health. I am in the process of gathering
    the cost information for this school. I am going to assume it is comparable to the
    TJU Hospital program.

    I always thought I would get my ASN, start working, then let my employer pay for my
    BSN. Now, it just seems that $30K is a lot of money to pay for an associates degree.

    Maybe I should just suck it up and see what happens with the waiting list thing. It just
    seems like such a waste of time when there are schools right across the bridge that have

    So, what would you do? Take your chances on the waiting list or apply at the other, more
    expensive schools?
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  3. by   HisTreasure
    Well, this is just my opinion, so please take it as only my opinion. Perhaps, if you get a substantial financial aid package you should get into the program with openings. It's sad, but a couple of associates of mine have been waitlisted for the local CC. I would have rather gone directly for my RN also instead of going the LPN route, but I personally couldn't afford to be waitlisted until 2005, and THEN go to school for two years. The sad thing is Tisha, my good friend, was waitlisted in 2003 for this coming Fall, and she still didn't get her letter, and a lot of other people have. (Happy thoughts, but it has been 7 weeks since the school started mailing them out. ) My growing family is depending on me to help with the finances soon. All in all, it all depends on your situation and what you feel in your heart. If you can afford to wait (financially, spiritually, emotionally) by all means, do it. However, if there is a need to complete your education and get employment ASAP, go with the sure thing...and in the meantime seek programs or look into employers who do loan repayment on your behalf. A LOT of hospitals have loan forgiveness programs!