I went to a community college for all my pre-reqs, then I went for the ADN. Those loans were $7,000 because I saved money by moving home with my parents so I didn't have to borrow as much. For my Rn to BSN, while working as an RN, I will get $1,000 per semester towards school. I'm goig to a state university so the tuition isn't that high, and I will pay the rest with the money I'm earning at work while I pay off my little $7,000 loan. I may have to borrow a little more money for the BSN, but not more than $1,00 per semester. Why would anyone pay for a designer nursing degree when there are excellent schools for a very reasonable price. We all take the same NCLEX and all become RN's. I have an RN friend who borrowed $30,000, and she is constantly trying to pick up shifts and find extra work because she is she having a hard time keeping up with all her debt..