Some people have said this has been helpful. Also, you could probably try the made incredibly easy series...
I don't have private loans, but I do get federal loans. In addition to grants and scholarships, I receive about $9000/year in subsidized/unsubsidized loans. They get paid out once a semester. I'm in a BSN program, btw. When I did my prereqs at the local community college, loans weren't offered.
I didn't have any trouble getting into my BSN program. I finished my prereqs at a community college Spring 2012, and then started my program at a CSU the following semester. So I think it just depends on the university.