Published Nov 9, 2004
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Imafloat, BSN, RN
How can you guys afford to go to school full time? how do yoy pay for school and living expenses?
I am married and my husband is our financial supporter. I have student loans. I am an older student and have worked a lot of jobs that I don't want to work for the rest of my life. I figured I could make 10 bucks an hour being a retail manager or go into debt and still come out ahead. I still work one day a week at a kids clothing store, but that is just so I can keep my discount.
Oh my gosh! And all the whiners here in Cali were in tears about the how $11/unit went up to $26/unit. They have no idea how much more others are having to pay for community college. Bunch of cry babies.
I am not whining at all here. I go to an unknown midwestern university. We are on quarters, 4 10 week sessions a year. I pay about $2500 bucks a quarter just for tuition. I once saw a guy on Oprah who said the only things worth going into debt over were a house and an education.
not now, RN
1. State of California fee waver (no tuition!)
2. I attend a community college ten miles from where I live
4. part time job
5. low car payment
and the biggie..
6. When I left my husband my parents offered to let me stay with them while I finished school. I was 22, broke and had no place to go. I sucked it up and moved back home.
Thunderwolf, MSN, RN
School is THE grind of life, isn't it? Many years ago, I went to school FT, had a FT job, another PT job, and built a house while my wife had her 2nd child. Let's say, I had no life...to speak of. Many obligations and responsibilities to push me forward. But, we got through...and it is just a memory now...well, maybe a blur. But, if it needs done and others are counting on you, you'll do.
I work full time and attend school full time. I even work overtime some weeks UGH!
VERY hard but I've been doing it for years when i got my AA, my BA and then when I was working towards my MS in Psych and then changed to nursing so here I am again, working full time and going to school full time. YIKES!!!!
I go to Indiana University and pay a whopping $154/credit hr. and that is an ansolute STEAL compared to the private colleges. ($500-700/credit hour!!!)
WickedRedRN, BSN, RN
I am attending Ivy Tech in Indiana, it is a Community College, I believe it is 80.30 per credit hour. If I had my preference I would go to one of the IU campuses, but since I am going for LPN first, Ivy Tech is reasonable.
I work full time while doing pre-reqs part time, been saving and paying off everything I can now. In January I am going into "stockpile" mode, hitting Sam's Club to stock up on household and personal items that it wont hurt to buy in advance now while I have the $$. Hubby will work FT while I am in clinicals, but I also don't want him to work double shifts to support us all while we weather this. Clinicals are stressful enough from what I hear so I want to do everything I can NOW to eliminate little things before the time comes.
$35.00 per credit hour. Community Collages Rule!
$35 per credit! Wow!!!
Marie_LPN, RN, LPN, RN
Partial scholarship for my second year.
My church loaned me the money for my NCLEX. Actually they gave it to me, but i gave money back when i made it.
Budget, budget, budget. I wrote down every single thing i spent money on.
Tuition was set up in bimontly payments.
LESS food (half a sandwich instead of a whole one. toast with no butter, macaroni without cheese)
RARELY going out to eat.
I am barely making it but I am surviving.
glad to see Im not the only one struggling. I work part time, and get very mad at my classmates who dont work and dont understand how or why most of us work. Its called LIFE...lol:) It seems like those in my class who are blessed enough not to have to work through school cant fathom what its like for us regular folks. HELLO, I dont work because I want to or because its a hobby...there are things called car payments and utilities that wouldnt allow me to attend school if they werent paid bc I wouldnt have electricity or transportation...hahaha.
Im feel blessed that I live with my fiance who pays for most of our expenses, but he cant do it all. otherwise, Id be working full time instead of part time. Also, luckily I got a scholarship for my LPN program so I only have to pay for books,lab fees, and uniforms.
At my school they dont give out student loans so I dont have that option.
Man-o-man!! I'd love $35 per credit hour!! I LOVE my school, but I'm paying $615 per credit hour.
I have to belt-tighten this coming semester. I'm buying a condo, have no job, 4 kids that I'll have 1/2 time custody of with my ex, and still have a 2 1/2 commute each day. Loans and grants and scholarships are my best friends, as are coupons and cashing in some stocks. I know it will all be worth it in the end, but for now - it's tight!
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