Hi, ya'll! Long time observer, but this is my first post.
I've been completing pre-reqs at a CC with plans to apply for the fall 2017 program which would be four semesters long, full time. I just need to take one more class in the spring and the TEAS. However, I'm looking into Chamberlain as a back up due to the extreme competition at the CC and long wait lists at other public/state schools. The higher cost in the long run would honestly not bother me if I could have by BSN in 3 years (or less since I already have many pre-reqs). Based on the pre-reqs I have completed, I am estimating about 70k-75k for the tuition.
My questions are...how did you all pay for Chamberlain? All government loans, private? Anything out of pocket while in school? Does Chamberlain have a direct payment option to them? I have filled out my FAFSA, since you can now do it as early as October. This is my result:
Based on the eligibility criteria you may be eligible for the following:
Direct Stafford Loan Estimate - $9,500.00
You may also be eligible to receive other federal, state, or institutional grants, scholarships, and/or work-study.
In addition, you should learn about federal tax benefits for education Tax Benefits | Federal Student Aid, including the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC)
My other concern is, is it possible to work full time while attending Chamberlain full time? Taking 2-3 courses at a time would be doable for me, but I understand that they are accelerated. I have taken four 8 week summer courses at the CC, online and traditional, and made A's. I'm currently a massage therapist, working evenings and weekends. I can make enough for living expenses and $300-$400/month towards tuition if I can continue working about 30-34 hours a week. I do not have children and live with my SO.
I've been doing a lot of research on Chamberlain, but the actual financial concerns are the only thing holding me back. I'm waiting to hear back from and advisor for a tour soon. Any advice or guidance would be very appreciated! :)