13 Ways To Fund Nursing School

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The main road block that causes many to detour before even applying to Nursing School is of times funding. The desire is there to pursue the passion, but the cash is not.

Now you can….. have no fear, suggestions are here.

Ok, I’m going to quit being goofy.

  1. Community/State Colleges

Community Colleges are generally less expensive than universities & you finish your degree in a shorter period.

2.Apply for Financial Assistance

This can be done at the Nursing School you intend to attend.

3.Apply for Grants

Grants need not to be repaid, so go for them.

A great numbers of schools automatically consider you for a grant once FAFSA https://fafsa.ed.gov has completed.

  1. Apply for Scholarships

Like grants, scholarship do not need to be repaid, but restrictions often apply and they can be very competitive.

  1. Apply for a Loan

*Federal Loan (preferred)

=>Stafford Loan (you don’t have worry about payments or interest until about 6 months after graduation)

While Loans are not my first choice, a loan can come in handy if you don’t qualify for FAFSA.

*Student Loan

*Private Loan

  1. If you haven’t already done so, create a budget and stick to it.

It doesn’t end there of course.

Once you are in Nursing School, you’re going to need money for books, other supplies (sometimes these items are covered under you grants and scholarships) and general upkeep.

The last five above suggestions are All good options, but here a few more ideas.

  1. AmeriCorp

Become a tutor with AmeriCorp and gain scholarship towards your tuition.

  1. Join an honor society such a PTK

For this, GPA matters. You need to atleast maintain a 3.5 GPA. Don’t just be satisfied with getting good grades, you worked them, now let your grades work for you. Honor societies sometimes have essay writing competition for members and the prizes are usually of monetary value that can cover anywhere from 1 semester to a whole year.

Yes, you have to pay to join, but the return is way greater than the investment.

  1. Become active members of other club.

This is a great way to meet new people and get ideas about what works for other people. This network can also help you to gain employment on campus. This leads me to my next point.

  1. Apply for work study.

As the name suggests, it’s working that accommodates your study. Many colleges offer work study, they typically pay minimum wage per hour for a total of 20 hrs per week.

  1. Become a CNA or Nurse Intern

Both these options will allow you to earn while gaining experience in the hospital environment.

Once you are in nursing school, hospitals will hire and train you to be a nurse intern, and more times than not, this position often leads to full-time employment once you successfully complete nursing school.

  1. Tuition Reimbursement

If you were able to work in the healthcare setting while in school, particularly the hospital, you may be eligible for tuition reimbursement. Check with your facility for details.

If your facility offers Tuition Reimbursement, this could be taken advantage of even as a Registered Nurse pursuing a higher education: RN-BSN or MSN

I have utilized several of my suggestions, so I know a thing or two about each of them.

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How to Pay for Nursing School

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