Cal State San Marcos ABSN Spring 2019 - page 9

Hey all, just wondering who is applying to the Spring cohort at CSUSM. I actually applied to Fall and was accepted but had to defer to get better situated for the move. It worked out too because this... Read More

  1. by   WAboundSN
    Quote from kalduenda
    Does anybody know when we will start receiving information regarding enrollment for next semester? I submitted my intent to enroll right after receiving the offer of admissions, but it seems like we should already be receiving more information regarding requirements for next semester (immunization requirements, financial aid help, etc) since the semester is just over 3 months away and it seems like we should already be getting ready. It seems like CSUSM is a bit late with everything, since I've already seen people mention that the 2nd wave of acceptances hasn't even gone out yet. Anybody else feel the same way or am I being impatient? I know that we have that orientation session a week before the semester begins, but what should we be doing from now until then?
    You can complete your FAFSA now, pick CSUSM, second bachelors degree, and you'll be considered an undergraduate junior (3rd year) for the FAFSA.

    As far as enrollment, the Extended Learning Office will automatically enroll you in all of your classes, so there is no need for you to actually enroll.

    As it gets closer to orientation, the School or Nursing will send you information regarding a website called Complio, which is where you will have your background check conducted and upload documents including immunizations. The first semester is pre-nursing, so you won't be in the lab, wearing scrubs, or going to the clinical site until your second semester. Therefore, a lot of these things are completed during your first semester.

    As for right now, just sit tight until you receive an email from the School of Nursing regarding your next steps. Like I mentioned, there really is no need for anything to be done until it gets closer to second semester when you'll actually be in the lab and at clinical sites. The second semester is considered the "first nursing semester" because it is when you have Fundamentals.
  2. by   futurerninthemakin
    Quote from SurfCA40
    You can complete your FAFSA now, pick CSUSM, second bachelors degree, and you'll be considered an undergraduate junior (3rd year) for the FAFSA.

    As far as enrollment, the Extended Learning Office will automatically enroll you in all of your classes, so there is no need for you to actually enroll.

    As it gets closer to orientation, the School or Nursing will send you information regarding a website called Complio, which is where you will have your background check conducted and upload documents including immunizations. The first semester is pre-nursing, so you won't be in the lab, wearing scrubs, or going to the clinical site until your second semester. Therefore, a lot of these things are completed during your first semester.

    As for right now, just sit tight until you receive an email from the School of Nursing regarding your next steps. Like I mentioned, there really is no need for anything to be done until it gets closer to second semester when you'll actually be in the lab and at clinical sites. The second semester is considered the "first nursing semester" because it is when you have Fundamentals.
    @SurfCA40, thank you for your help!! I was wondering how much do we usually get for financial aid as second Bach students? And are they most likely all loans?

    Thanks!!
  3. by   WAboundSN
    Quote from futurerninthemakin
    @SurfCA40, thank you for your help!! I was wondering how much do we usually get for financial aid as second Bach students? And are they most likely all loans?

    Thanks!!
    You can apply for grants and scholarships but that's completely separate from your FAFSA and financial aid.

    The most you will receive for federal financial aid (loans through the government) is $12,500 per year, divided into Spring and Fall (so about $6,250 per semester). This is not enough to cover the semester, so almost everyone in my cohort is taking out some form of private student loan in additional to federal student loans. I went with SallieMae as they have had the best interest rates. The program is roughly $50,000 and federal student loans for two years will only cover up to $25,000.

    You do not receive any financial aid for summer, so plan accordingly. My private student loans I receive are also disbursed spring and fall, not summer. I use my private student loans to cover the excess costs for each semester (since federal doesn't cover all of it), to cover living expenses, and to cover summer tuition.

    Let me know if that doesn't make sense.
  4. by   futurerninthemakin
    Quote from SurfCA40
    You can apply for grants and scholarships but that's completely separate from your FAFSA and financial aid.

    The most you will receive for federal financial aid (loans through the government) is $12,500 per year, divided into Spring and Fall (so about $6,250 per semester). This is not enough to cover the semester, so almost everyone in my cohort is taking out some form of private student loan in additional to federal student loans. I went with SallieMae as they have had the best interest rates. The program is roughly $50,000 and federal student loans for two years will only cover up to $25,000.

    You do not receive any financial aid for summer, so plan accordingly. My private student loans I receive are also disbursed spring and fall, not summer. I use my private student loans to cover the excess costs for each semester (since federal doesn't cover all of it), to cover living expenses, and to cover summer tuition.

    Let me know if that doesn't make sense.




    If you don't mind me asking what is the interest rate for the sallie Mae loans like? And also, are they unsunsidized loans? Thanks againn
  5. by   WAboundSN
    Quote from futurerninthemakin
    If you don't mind me asking what is the interest rate for the sallie Mae loans like? And also, are they unsunsidized loans? Thanks againn
    Yes they're unsubsidized. I have 6.25% for fixed interest but it can vary with how much your borrowing and your credit score.
  6. by   joerock2000
    Quote from SurfCA40
    You can complete your FAFSA now, pick CSUSM, second bachelors degree, and you'll be considered an undergraduate junior (3rd year) for the FAFSA.

    As far as enrollment, the Extended Learning Office will automatically enroll you in all of your classes, so there is no need for you to actually enroll.

    As it gets closer to orientation, the School or Nursing will send you information regarding a website called Complio, which is where you will have your background check conducted and upload documents including immunizations. The first semester is pre-nursing, so you won't be in the lab, wearing scrubs, or going to the clinical site until your second semester. Therefore, a lot of these things are completed during your first semester.

    As for right now, just sit tight until you receive an email from the School of Nursing regarding your next steps. Like I mentioned, there really is no need for anything to be done until it gets closer to second semester when you'll actually be in the lab and at clinical sites. The second semester is considered the "first nursing semester" because it is when you have Fundamentals.
    Wow thanks so much for this. Kinda been stressing out wondering what's next and I'm not on Facebook so I haven't been able to join the group. Very helpful stuff!
    Last edit by joerock2000 on Oct 11 : Reason: Add
  7. by   WAboundSN
    Quote from joerock2000
    Wow thanks so much for this. Kinda been stressing out wondering what's next and I'm not on Facebook so I haven't been able to join the group. Very helpful stuff!
    I would highly recommend making a Facebook account, even if you just use it for school, because a lot of valuable information is shared in the cohort Facebook groups, including textbook info, info from the Student Nurse Association (SNA), correspondence between cohort members, etc.
  8. by   futurerninthemakin
    Quote from SurfCA40
    You can apply for grants and scholarships but that's completely separate from your FAFSA and financial aid.

    The most you will receive for federal financial aid (loans through the government) is $12,500 per year, divided into Spring and Fall (so about $6,250 per semester). This is not enough to cover the semester, so almost everyone in my cohort is taking out some form of private student loan in additional to federal student loans. I went with SallieMae as they have had the best interest rates. The program is roughly $50,000 and federal student loans for two years will only cover up to $25,000.

    You do not receive any financial aid for summer, so plan accordingly. My private student loans I receive are also disbursed spring and fall, not summer. I use my private student loans to cover the excess costs for each semester (since federal doesn't cover all of it), to cover living expenses, and to cover summer tuition.

    Let me know if that doesn't make sense.

    Ahhhh it makes sense!! Thanks again for all your help!!
  9. by   kalduenda
    Thanks @SurfCA40 Does anyone know when we will know which days we have class for the first semester? It seems like that first semester is relatively light so I'm hoping to plan to possibly work a few hours per week and I also have to figure out childcare. Do we find out schedules sometime in December?
  10. by   WAboundSN
    Quote from kalduenda
    Thanks @SurfCA40 Does anyone know when we will know which days we have class for the first semester? It seems like that first semester is relatively light so I'm hoping to plan to possibly work a few hours per week and I also have to figure out childcare. Do we find out schedules sometime in December?
    Honestly, you'll probably get your schedule a week or two prior to class starting. That's been pretty normal for most cohorts. Expect to probably be on campus two days per week for your first semester. There should be plenty of free time to keep working the first semester.
    Last edit by WAboundSN on Oct 12
  11. by   Sarah118
    My status just changed to "admitted" so check your status if you're waiting for the second round of acceptances! Good luck to everyone
  12. by   FAYYADX2
    Quote from Sarah118
    My status just changed to "admitted" so check your status if you're waiting for the second round of acceptances! Good luck to everyone
    Congratulations! What were your points if you don't mind me asking?
  13. by   Sarah118
    Quote from FAYYADX2
    Congratulations! What were your points if you don't mind me asking?
    I had 41 points. I applied after the priority deadline so I didn't make it into the first wave.

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