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How to properly decline an offer to a nursing school

Hello everyone,

I just got an admission offer from Chamberlain College of Nursing. However, with my student loans in 40,000 from my last program, I am thinking about declining the offer since I will probably rack up 50,000+ loans. This is due to the fact that I can probably quality for the private loan which has interest.

I need advise. I told my admission advisor that I was gonna follow through and even paid the drug and background check which hopefully I can use for future employers. This cost 150$. I also already turned in my FAFSA. Now, I am thinking going to this school might be a big mistake for me in the long run, and I won't be able to really pay it off for another 10+ years.

1. Does anyone know a proper way to handle this? I am thinking of send a email about my honesty saying that I thought it over again.

2. I am thinking of just going into a ADN program part-time near my house which is a lot cheaper for me.

3. I currently will be sitting down for my RHIA exam in August, and thinking of working for a year and pay off some of loans before I go on to another program.

Advise please?

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 10 years experience.

Just contact admissions and rescind your acceptance. Simply state a change in personal circumstance but you appreciate the offer

Jolie, BSN

Specializes in Maternal - Child Health. Has 34 years experience.

If you are certain that you will not attend, simply contact them by the usual means of communication (such as an e-mail to your admissions representative) and state that you appreciate their confidence in you, but you will not be attending.

I doubt that you will be able to use the drug screen for any other purpose. Any future employer will likely insist on one done under their supervision, but $150 is a small price to pay for avoiding overwhelming student debt, for which I applaud you :)

Best of luck to you!


I sent her an email just now saying I'm not ready due to my financial situation. I eventually do want to go into nursing school, but I definitely want one where I am not tremendously racking up my student loans. As people said, the cost of tuition is overly ridiculous, and I would much better prefer going to a cheaper option.

roser13, ASN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, Ortho, ASC. Has 17 years experience.

Do not give a single brain cell's worth of worry for Chamberlain College of Nursing. They will survive to charge someone else outrageous fees.

psu_213, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency, Telemetry, Transplant. Has 6 years experience.

Do not give a single brain cell's worth of worry for Chamberlain College of Nursing. They will survive to charge someone else outrageous fees.

I love this answer...

Anyway, schools create a waitlist for a reason. It happens all the time that people choose not to attend a school after accepting admission. Be short, sweet, and professional about it. Thank them for choosing you, and move on.

First off... Chamberlain is a for profit business.

Why would you worry about hurting their feelings?

It's like when you're at the grocery store and you decide you don't want to buy the macaroni salad - you probably just put it back without worrying the grocery store's feelings.

This concept is compounded by the fact that Chamberlain is so ridiculously overpriced.

Second... yes yes yes do the ADN route. You can then either keep going for your BSN if you want - or you can start working and get a BSN and find an employer that has some kind of tuition reimbursement - or you can not get your BSN and just be done at the RN level. If you do it right, you should be able to go from nothing to RN and then BSN for $20,000 or less.

Third... If your current loans are subsidized, you wont be racking up interest while you are in school. So don't take the break, just plow on ahead and get it done as quick and cheap as you can. Even if they're unsubsidized loans, are you sure you want to wait?

I'd say either way, if it's the way you intend to go, jump in and get it over with.

I hope your doing well. I looked into a school near me that offered an ADN program. However, they have an MA-ADN bridge program. Its a little pricey but hopefully I can make it. Thanks


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