Hi NJRNtobe: thot I'd reply here, in case others are interested. Your local Unemployment Office (called "One-Stop" now, I think), can tell you if the program is still available. It's called "ATB", for Additional Training Benefits. Basically, if you lose your job thru no fault of your own (eg: no misconduct, but a layoff or job elimination, etc), in addition to the regular 26-weeks (6 mos) of UC that everyone gets, you can submit for approval (by meeting with a counselor there), for "ATB". It's an additional (and final) 26-weeks/6 mos of UC....as long as u are in school full-time, and changing your career into something on NJ's Hot Job List. RN is DEF on that list. Plus you might qualify for tuition waiver at NJ State college or community college (but NOT UMDNJ's Accel Nursing program), for tuition only (not books/fees) for your pre-reqs. Again, the job counselor has to pre-approve this for you. Only "hitch", and it's not really a hitch....is that you have to wait until like 5-7 days before the semester starts at your local comm college to register for classes. Idea behind that is they don't want a person on waiver to 'take/fill' a seat that a paying student might fill.
Hope this helps. If I can help you further, drop me another line. Be glad to give you my cell number, but don't want the "rest of the viewing world" to see it. So we'd have to figure that out....if you need more info than can easily be typed on here.
I got tuition waiver for ALL my pre-reqs (worth around $1800), plus a whole year of Unemployment, while I was in school in 2006. And it was ALL LEGIT.