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Student loan/Vocational School Question r/o

Hello! I live in Broward County, FL and the wait to get into a nursing program is long I decided to go the LPN route first. I was hoping to go to a Broward County Vocational School but I saw on the website that they don't secure student loans. I applied for FAFSA and my EFC is so high I'm basically on my own. I was going to apply for a loan to cover my tuition, books, uniforms and help with living expenses a little since I'll have to cut back to part-time. Does anyone know if this is possible since they don't secure student loans? What exactly does this mean?

Lisa CCU RN, RN

Specializes in Geriatrics, Cardiac, ICU.

It means they don't certify student loans so you can't get one through them. You can however get a private student loan. I'm not positive you can get one for a a tech school, but try it anyway. Go to http://www.salliemae.com, http://www.chela.com or do a google search. These have checks sent directly to the student rather than having the school certify and disburse them--this is what your tech school is saying they do NOT do. Whatever you do, apply for the loan BEFORE you go part time or quit; even better wait till you have final approval of the loan and it's on its way to you. Good Luck.

I know here in Kansas no Vocational School uses gov. student loans. I heard that it was b/c they had such low repayment rates. Have you thought of going to a CC and getting an AS RN it's about the same amount of time.

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