I urge you to be rational and creative in this decision. For example, try to calculate your future earnings as an RN vs whatever other skills you possess. Today RNs command a pretty nice salary compared to Liberal Arts, Communication graduates, etc. The barrier you are experiencing will only last a few years. How many years more do you expect to remain in the workplace ? Can you arrange to have a roommate or live with a friend or family for awhile until your income stabilizes? The program I am familiar with is TPAPN, the drug tests are $55 each, expect to be tested weekly in the beginning. There are a few other charges as well. Figure out how much you have invested in your nursing degree, Is it wise to set it aside?