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Hospitals Helping With Tuition?

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by klynette klynette (Member)

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I've been volunteering in the ER here for the past 8 months and ended up speaking with the ER Director, who told me she often hires college students and will pay for fees and tuition if their major is in the medical field.

This would be lovely if I was attending school here, but I'm moving to Philadelphia in September to pursue my RN license. The thing is, my tuition is still about 20k a year even with a 10k scholarship and it's 5 years til I graduate and my parents won't be paying a cent.

So, do many hospitals provide educational benefits to their college employees? She told me that it only takes a few classes to become a tech (Or maybe I could work a desk job, or something, ANYTHING), and since I have a year before I dive into my co-op...

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I just applied for a scholarship through my hospital and they will pay everything 100% as long as you maintain a B average. I think less than that they will pay a lower percentage. The catch is you have to work for them for 6 mos per semester (after graduation), which I'll do anyway, so no big deal. You have to be accepted into the program first before they'll pay though. Talk to the HR dept for information. Good luck.

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Look very closely at such offers, and be careful. Just as many people enjoy the benefits of having most or all tuition paid by their employer (and they work for several years after that at the same facility without incident), there are also many horror stories of those who accepted this arrangement only to find that they did NOT want to work for said facility for several years in repayment. Or, they found that they were obligated to work in whatever department the facility wanted them to (rather than the nurse's area of interest). Or that they were locked into a shift situation or a pay situation that they didn't want.

It can be a great deal or an awful one. Choose carefully.

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