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USA Accelerated Program Spring 2011

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Hi there. I found out today that I was accepted into the accelerated nursing program (starting Jan of 2011) at USA. Anyone else know if they've been accepted? Just thought it would be nice to talk with others about the program...share info and maybe acquire some info.

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Congrats!

I did the program last year. It was the most hectic, fastest long year ever!

The teachers were wonderful.

Regardless of how tired you are, try to get your assignments done instead of procrastinating. It's a good lesson for real nursing: don't delay the inevitable because you don't know what will pop up between now and then!

Get some rest before January, you'll need it :yawn:

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Hi! I got accepted to the program as well. However, I haven't gotten much information since the initial acceptance packet. I sent in the required forms, and was hoping to get some more definitive info about what we need to get, books, our schedule etc. Have you received any info?

-Megan

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I did the same and haven't received any other information either. I'm eager to see what our schedule will be like. I'm a little nervous, but definitely looking forward to the challenge of the program. A good friend of mine graduated from the program last December, so I'm at least able to get some knowledgeable help from him.

I have been researching financial aid (loans) for the program and it looks like it's going to be a scrimp-and-save kind of year. If you don't mind me asking, how are you planning to pay for the program? Financial aid barely covers cost of tuition...and with a VERY part-time job, I'm thinking I might have to take out an extra loan just to cover cost of living.

Nonetheless, I'm sure we'll get some information soon. I'll let you know if I receive any new info.

Jennie

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As far as costs, I filled out FAFSA but haven't received a financial aid award letter yet(I just emailed the financial aid office about it). Otherwise, I will just have to bite the bullet and get another loan. I would like to get a part-time job. I always maintained a part-time job throughout college, even with difficult course schedule. But I think I will need to get a feel for the pace of the program first and then decide if it's wise to take on a job. Did you receive a financial aid package yet?

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I haven't received a financial aid letter yet because I just filed my fafsa yesterday. I did speak with a lady in the financial aid office today. She said the absolute most I would be getting in aid (if I qualify, which I should) would be $17500 for spring and summer (8750 a semester). I will have to apply again in the fall for another $17500. This barely covers cost of tuition, not to mention we have books, uniforms, supplies, etc to pay for as well.

That being said, I have been racking my brain and researching private loan options for living expenses. Turns out nobody really wants to lend money above what the cost of tuition is, unless your school can prove it (which I asked and South will not). Most private lenders (banks and credit unions) require that you have proof of income before they will give you a loan. However, I have found one option that sounds the best so far. Wells Fargo offers a loan called the Education Connection Loan and the funds come directly to you, not the school. You can pretty much request any amount you need. There is a 2% origination fee, meaning that if you borrow $10,000 the total loan amount would be $10,200. There are no other fees. You have to have a cosigner with reasonably good credit. Payments are deferred until 6 mo after graduation. Interest rates are variable ranging from 3.5%-12% (credit has a lot to do with it). The number to call is 866-380-1727 if you're interested.

I'm still researching options, but this sounds the best so far. I had no idea this process would be so hard.:uhoh3:

Hope this brings you help.

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thanks for the info!!! i wish there was more time to prepare financially for this..the loan process is not quick and easy. good luck...and i'll let you know if i come across any good loan options too.

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Congrats to all of you that have been accepted. I am currently in the program and I love it. It is fast and you should/must definitely NOT procrastinate. Things are fast just like expected. As far as finances come prepared cause you only will get 17500 loan limit that goes mostly toward your tuition. Money is tight. I live in a studio right now and even looking for someone to share the cost with me.

As far as schedule, it is what it is as in the curriculum, classes are 5-7 hours; tests are every week;

The teachers are nice and want to help; just remember to always show respect and prove your interest.

So far I can say: the program is doable, if you keep up and do your part. I hope that helps. By the way our group has a facebook group (University of south alabama accelerated BSN/MSN 2010-2011) that yall can request to join.

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I have a tuition-related question. Does anyone have information/experience about the USA residency reclassification process?

In August 2011, I plan to apply to USA Fairhope ABSN for Spring 2012. I'm out-of-state. If I gain acceptance, I would start the residency reclassification process. USA Nursing gave me a list of criteria and deadlines to obtain residency. Any residency advice is welcome. Thanks!

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I would be interested in knowing how competitive this program is. What exactly are they basing admission on? Mostly science courses? Interview? Any information is appreciated!

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I have applied for the class that starts in July. I was wondering if anyone has heard anything yet about interviews or anything.

For those of you who are currently in the program, how was the interview process? Also, what are your thoughts about the program? Is it really hard? What is your typical schedule like? Any pointers will be greatly appreciated!

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I got a call from USA this week and basically did a phone interview. I don't remember her name but she told me immediately that she's placing me on the admitted list. Packages are suppose to be mailing around May which barely gives anyone enough time to financially prepare.

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