I plan to apply to an accelerated ABSN program within the next couple of years. As I was in the middle of writing down my goals, it turns out that even though I plan to have my other debts paid off completely in 1-2 years (with the exception of car note and school loans from my undergrad), I still would not earn enough to cover expenses while in school...even if I chose to work full time as a CNA (which I understand would be crazy to do).
I'm thinking that I may have to take out a $35k+ loan, give or take, to last 12-18 months while I'm in an ABSN program to cover my expenses. In addition, I was seriously thinking about working part time to have a buffer for small unexpected costs. I'd REALLY rather not do this if at all possible, but if I have to then I will. I'm not married, no children, and I'm only supporting myself...which is kind of a relief lol. But I'm curious to know how any current nursing students (preferably ABSN) are managing their expenses while being in school full time AND while maintaining a good GPA??? I'm trying to develop a plan before jumping into a situation without considering other options and/or ways to do this strategically.
Thanks for reading! All suggestions welcomed
A little about me: 26 years old. I already have a B.S degree but I'm trying to make a career change. Currently working full time as a lab technician and I got my CNA certification in Dec 2014. Currently looking for a second full time job to work as a CNA (no luck yet, but I'm still pushing.)