How to get nursing school paid for?

  1. I recently decided to pursue the nursing profession. I have a BS in biology and a MS in surgical technology . My dream is to become a NP and since I already have a tremendous amount of school loans. I am researching different options in which I can continue my education and still pursue my goal. I have entered into a ADN program since that is the most I can afford out of pocket right now. After completion, I plan on entering a MSN. I am hoping you all may have some insight on how I can reduce future loan amount or possibly get my future nursing education paid for. I plan on working in underdeserved and low socioeconomic areas. I am not sure if any type of employer in those areas will offer tuition reimbursement. I look forward to hear your thoughts
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  3. by   LadyT618
    Check out NHSC website.
  4. by   Cococure
    Work full time as a RN, maybe weekend option so that you can pay out of pocket as you pursue your MSN and get tuition reimbursement from your employer.
    Just my 2cents
    Good luck!
  5. by   FullGlass
    There are several sources of funding for NP programs:
    1. Nurse Corp Scholarship
    2. NHSC Scholarship
    3. Some states provide scholarships to state residents
    4. Other scholarships through the school or outside sources - you have to research these and apply

    After you complete the MSN, you may be eligible for loan repayment programs at the federal or state level - you have to research these. Some employers also offer loan repayment assistance.

    You may also be eligible for loan forgiveness after 10 years - research this
  6. by   lj18
    Hi, I will be graduating this upcoming April. I am interested in knowing how thus program works? Does the government pay a lump sum or payments? Do I have to pay the interest or is that covered by the program ? Does the hospital or clinic take money out of your pay check or is it separate from the program? Etc.... any information would be greatly helpful.

    I have read through the online information but it would he great to hear first hand.

    Thank you!
  7. by   SpankedInPittsburgh
    Go to work for the VA. Like you I already had a ton of student loans when I decided to switch careers and become a nurse. I went to 13 months of community college to become an RN. I applied to an in-state BSN on-line program and utilized the yearly allotment for educational funds to pay for this. Finally I enrolled in a DNP program under VA scholarship. My share of all this education spread over years was probably less than $10K