I realize this is not an answer to any of the questions you actually asked, but I can't help myself: Good lord! $21k for an LVN program is highway robbery (and that's "minus all the grants I am getting"?? What's the full ride for the LVN program??). "There oughta be a law" (seriously
). Even if it's not coming out of your
pocket, are you really willing to rip off your family member(s) to that extent??
I like the idea of getting certified as a CNA, working part- or full-time as a CNA (which will give you a pretty good idea of whether or not nursing is for you) and working your way through a legitimate nursing program, preferably RN (with family assistance if they are able and willing to offer it). Lots of people go that route (I've worked with many
CNAs over the years who are working their way through nursing school). Yes, it will take you longer, but things worth doing are worth spending time on. It probably won't take you longer than doing the LVN program and then an LVN-to-RN program later, and you'll probably get a much better nursing education, to boot.
I know these decisions are difficult to make. But schools that offer things like LVN programs for $21k that you can start tomorrow stay in business by preying on people who feel desperate and rushed and that they have no other options. Don't be one of those people! This is your future; it's worth taking some time to make smart, careful decisions for yourself.
I always strongly encourage people who are considering going the proprietary (private-for-profit) school route to sit down and watch the "College, Inc." episode of Frontline
on PBS before making a final decision: College, Inc. | FRONTLINE | PBS