When discussing nursing school tuition, for simplicities sake we look at the two basic, entry level pathways. There are two year schools geared toward LVN/LPN pathways and four year programs for those wishing to end up as an RN. Many schools offer both, but it makes no sense to pay top dollar (and even worse, take out loans) to a program when so many opportunities are offered at a more reasonable price at vocational health tech schools and junior / community colleges. Many schools also offer scholarships, grants, and discounts to students who suffer financial hardship or have outstanding academic qualifications.
If you are going after a four year degree such as a bachelor's, then you can still begin your first two years at a junior or community college and then transfer to a four year nursing school. That way you will continue to save tuition money and will have less student loans to pay off on graduation. Going this pathway makes the most sense financially, as you will have a lot more opportunities with higher paychecks going the registered nurse pathway. Check with the financial aid offices of the schools you're considering to find out more.
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