I'm number 3 on the alternate list in an LVN program, Should I stay or just go to private school?

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I'm number 3 on the list, the lady said people have until 8 weeks after program starts to drop the class, so 3 people need to drop for me to get in. I would feel horrible that I drove 40 minutes (its 20 miles away and 5 days a week not online classes anymore!) for 8 weeks just to not make it! When I have a private school thats 20 mins away and they still do online lectures! (But I will have 12k more in loans to pay off, but I will safe a lotttt of money on gas in that year, with the college I'm an alternate in, it's way cheaper cuz its a community college, But I dunno what to do, stay at a cheaper school but it's not guaranteed that I'll get in or not (plus hella gas money wasted), or go to private school where I'm guaranteed in, yet will have to pay more for it.

thegirls

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My question would be:

1) do you need to be present for those 8 weeks?

2) what is the % of past waited list students getting in?

3) how much, IF you would get in, would you be saving for the program? Since that may offset the possibility of getting in? 

4) if you would to accept the private school route, would it start at the same time as the community college causing a time conflict or can you enter a later timeframe, giving you options?

5) can the community college guarantee you a spot for the next term if you decide that the waited list is a financial burden ie gas spent and toll on your car?

It's a gamble being on a waited list, but is the risk ( long term) worth it? 

londonflo

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go to the community college and show your good faith in the education you will get there. Yes, several students drop in the first few weeks, so make sure you ATTEND every class, lab etc. If the school did not expect accepted students to drop, they would not have offered you this. 

If no one drops, you will have your 'foot in the door' for next semester/

On 11/4/2021 at 10:07 AM, thegirls said:

It's a gamble being on a waited list, but is the risk ( long term) worth it? 

 

On 11/3/2021 at 9:59 PM, cookie123d said:

When I have a private school thats 20 mins away and they still do online lectures! (But I will have 12k more in loans to pay off, but I will safe a lotttt of money on gas in that year,

You will pay much more $$$ for a private school and online nursing theory is not as good as it sounds. You want to ask the professor a question? (in F2F it is easy, online very difficult with email, etc). 

When Covid impacted nursing education with making everything on line, many students commented here about what it did to their education. 

If you want to compare and contrast: look at the NCLEX scores, graduation rates and student satisfaction scores. 

When you need a  faculty reference for a job (and you WILL), the instructors can put a face to a name. When you apply for a job, the employer may put more credence to a community college than a 'pay for your degree' college. And last but not least, APPLY for every scholarship at the community college....first week there find the 'foundation office' or whatever name there is for the scholarship office. Apply for everything...if you live in another county, look at scholarships from any Veterans, American Legion, Firefighters club, local hospitals, AAUW etc. Whenever you see an organization that represents care givers...find out if they have any scholarships. If you have to write an essay, WRITE  it. Make this your job. Then you can modify that essay for every scholarship.  Don't try to pay/loan/debt your way through to a private school when there are so many other ways to leverage your way to a nursing degree. 

cookie123d, CNA

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On 11/8/2021 at 8:52 AM, londonflo said:

go to the community college and show your good faith in the education you will get there. Yes, several students drop in the first few weeks, so make sure you ATTEND every class, lab etc. If the school did not expect accepted students to drop, they would not have offered you this. 

If no one drops, you will have your 'foot in the door' for next semester/

 

You will pay much more $$$ for a private school and online nursing theory is not as good as it sounds. You want to ask the professor a question? (in F2F it is easy, online very difficult with email, etc). 

When Covid impacted nursing education with making everything on line, many students commented here about what it did to their education. 

If you want to compare and contrast: look at the NCLEX scores, graduation rates and student satisfaction scores. 

When you need a  faculty reference for a job (and you WILL), the instructors can put a face to a name. When you apply for a job, the employer may put more credence to a community college than a 'pay for your degree' college. And last but not least, APPLY for every scholarship at the community college....first week there find the 'foundation office' or whatever name there is for the scholarship office. Apply for everything...if you live in another county, look at scholarships from any Veterans, American Legion, Firefighters club, local hospitals, AAUW etc. Whenever you see an organization that represents care givers...find out if they have any scholarships. If you have to write an essay, WRITE  it. Make this your job. Then you can modify that essay for every scholarship.  Don't try to pay/loan/debt your way through to a private school when there are so many other ways to leverage your way to a nursing degree. 

oh ya forgot to say I asked if you're on alternate list this semester are you guaranteed next semester in? they said no :/

On 11/4/2021 at 8:07 AM, thegirls said:

My question would be:

1) do you need to be present for those 8 weeks?

2) what is the % of past waited list students getting in?

3) how much, IF you would get in, would you be saving for the program? Since that may offset the possibility of getting in? 

4) if you would to accept the private school route, would it start at the same time as the community college causing a time conflict or can you enter a later timeframe, giving you options?

5) can the community college guarantee you a spot for the next term if you decide that the waited list is a financial burden ie gas spent and toll on your car?

It's a gamble being on a waited list, but is the risk ( long term) worth it? 

really good points

1, YES you do :/

2. I have no clue she wouldn't tell me

3, its like 5k tuition, thats nothing

4, private school starts december, community college January. 

5, no they cant promise next semester I'll get in, sadly