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AnonymousNurse45 has 1 years experience.

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For those who are applying to OHSU:

Since I have only used FAid two times in my college career, how people make up for the gap in the amount of loans awarded and additional expenses such as housing, food, transportation, etc.

I called OHSU FinAid few days ago, and tentatively was awarded $10000 for the first school year.

Assuming that OHSU has 3 terms at 15 credits, tuition alone is going to be 12-13K.

How do people reconcile the fact that they have pay for two dwellings (my husband would have to stay in BG, WA), and the fact that they will not be working double shifts (especially while attending intensive OHSU nursing program), making 26K as a CNA at $10/hour ?

I know everyone has different circumstances, but how do people do it?

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Zatoichi- did you hear from them today?

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For those who are applying to OHSU:

Since I have only used FAid two times in my college career, how people make up for the gap in the amount of loans awarded and additional expenses such as housing, food, transportation, etc.

I called OHSU FinAid few days ago, and tentatively was awarded $10000 for the first school year.

Assuming that OHSU has 3 terms at 15 credits, tuition alone is going to be 12-13K.

How do people reconcile the fact that they have pay for two dwellings (my husband would have to stay in BG, WA), and the fact that they will not be working double shifts (especially while attending intensive OHSU nursing program), making 26K as a CNA at $10/hour ?

I know everyone has different circumstances, but how do people do it?

Larisa, you can view a sample program of study at: http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/education/schools/school-of-nursing/programs/undergraduate/bs-degree/upload/Sample-Schedule.pdf . I don't know if you have completed your general education requirements, but you will find that you are not going to be required to take 15 credits/term in Nursing courses. I wouldn't think that the three year program is nearly as intensive as some of the other programs, so you may be able to work more than you think.

You live in Battle Ground and are planning on paying for a second dwelling? Why not make the commute? It's not that bad, is it?

If I HAD to pay for additional living and extra expenses, I'd have to consider a HELOC or something like that.

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AnonymousNurse45 has 1 years experience.

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Taz,

I cannot commute from BG to Klamath Falls.......

Thank you for the tips though, Heloc might be an option, but our credit scores - I don't know...

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AnonymousNurse45 has 1 years experience.

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Thank you for the link, Taz,

I feel better now.

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Larisa, you can view a sample program of study at: http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/education/schools/school-of-nursing/programs/undergraduate/bs-degree/upload/Sample-Schedule.pdf . I don't know if you have completed your general education requirements, but you will find that you are not going to be required to take 15 credits/term in Nursing courses. I wouldn't think that the three year program is nearly as intensive as some of the other programs, so you may be able to work more than you think.

You live in Battle Ground and are planning on paying for a second dwelling? Why not make the commute? It's not that bad, is it?

If I HAD to pay for additional living and extra expenses, I'd have to consider a HELOC or something like that.

First term isn't so bad time-wise (once you move past the deer-in-headlights stage of feeling completely overwhelmed). But I would be cautious about working to many hours during Winter and Spring of sophomore year. I know it looks like 12 credits on paper, but the workload is intense. When I was doing my pre-reqs, I worked 37 hours/week, while carrying 13 - 18 credits and kept straight A's. Winter and Spring of sophomore year....it was all I could do to work for 8 hours a week on campus (and I studied half the time at that job). Nothing is rocket science....it's just a volume issue.

Your mileage may vary though....everyone's different.

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Zatoichi- did you hear from them today?

Deasic- I'm still waiting. Although, I received my CCC points today! I thought it was an invite to any interview! Aiyaaaaah more waiting.

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Taz,

I cannot commute from BG to Klamath Falls.......

Thank you for the tips though, Heloc might be an option, but our credit scores - I don't know...

Oooohhhhh..... I thought you applied to PDX. If you don't mind my asking... how come you applied to Klamath Falls instead of PDX if you're still together? (No big deal if you don't want to answer... it's a nosy question... )

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AnonymousNurse45 has 1 years experience.

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Taz, Klamath falls had better odds.

I used last year's stats and probability theory to pick my campus.

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Taz, Klamath falls had better odds.

I used last year's stats and probability theory to pick my campus.

Ah.... makes sense.

Good luck! I hope you get in!!! :D :D :D

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Curious Me-

Not sure how to send you a private message, still figuring out this Web site. I'll get there!

I'm starting the BSN program at PDX campus, wondering what words of wisdom you could share. I did really well in my pre-reqs as well, but wasn't working full-time and carrying the same load you were.

I have a ton of questions that I could wait until orientation to ask, but see that you have some really good insight and are level-headed (not OMG, it's so hard, it's impossible, etc) Let me know if you're up to answering some questions or just giving me a general overview of what to expect for the next 3 years, i.e. when do clinicals start, etc. Please free to send a note just to me. Thx!

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Larisa,

I am curious about the financial aid information you received. Are you officially on the wait list for OHSU? If so, did you just call and ask them what your financial aid package might be? When do they send out official offers?

I only ask because I am also a post-bacc student and was offered admission to the Portland campus. Now I am trying to figure out how I will pay for it. I never had financial aid the first time around, so that part is all new to me. Of course I filled out the FAFSA, but I realize that for a second bachelor's I don't qualify for grants, only student loans.

So the $10K they tentatively quoted to you, was that for student loans/scholarships? Is it your perspective that they seem to offer enough financial aid to cover most (not all) of tuition costs?

Thanks in advance for any information you can pass on. I appreciate it. Good luck with your status and working out the finances!

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