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I read a post about someone who said Workforce Development pays for people to earn their nursing degree but they dont really want to be there.

SOOOO that got me thinking. What about someone who WANTS to be there? Has anyone utilized workforce development? I really dont want to go into any more debt to finish my BS in Nursing. Any help would be appreciated!

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 11 years experience.

You need to usually unemployed with a family income under ~200-250% of the federal poverty line ( income maximums vary by state). Or qualified for benefits such as TANF, food stamps, free/reduced school lunches for dependent children. If qualified you must apply for financial aid and accept any grants or scholarships offered (usually don't have to accept loans). Generally must be within 12 months of graduation and there is a maximum amount available to be awarded (would not cover tuition at schools like West Coast Univ or ITT). Plus the occupation must be on the state "shortage list". Nursing is not on the list for all states. Some states go through funds quickly. You must provide documentation (utility bills, tax returns, pay stubs/unemployment stubs, proof of rent or mortgage costs, etc) that you qualify financially

Thanks! I am currently unemployed by accident and I looked at the Workforce Development website and it had the nursing program listed on it but not a lot of information

vintagemother, ADN, CNA, LVN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg, Psych, Geri, LTC, Tele.

I used a work force development program to **help** cover the cost of my LVN program. I was planning to become an RN but the goal of the program I used wAs to get you working within a year. I was receiving TANF at the time. There were a few gals in my program who used the program while on unemployment. For me, it was a Godsend.

I'm now working full time as an LVN making good money.

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 11 years experience.

Thanks! I am currently unemployed by accident and I looked at the Workforce Development website and it had the nursing program listed on it but not a lot of information

If you need a full 4 years for a RN/BSN workforce development won't be able to assist. But they may help if you are one to two semesters away from graduating (