It can at times seem like there are almost as many ways of paying for nursing school as there are different types of programs. The truth is that most schools have good financial aid departments and counselors that can provide a world of help. Don't be afraid to ask them for help - that's what they're there for. It's unlikely you can come up with any question they haven't heard before.
Another great reason to befriend those in the financial aid office is to find out any tips about applying for scholarships or grants at the nursing school. Some offer special alumni grants and almost all can connect you to state and federal lending programs. Student loans don't necessarily need to be a huge burden if you borrow modestly and are prepared to give up a part of your paycheck after you graduate and land the job of your dreams.
Because the economy is suffering these days, a lot of grants have dried up so to speak, and you'll likely be looking at loans to make up the bulk of your tuition. If you have savings, then certainly that is an option, but make sure you have some rainy day money stored away in case something unexpected happens. One good part of being in a nursing school is that you'll likely have access to health insurance as a student, and that can be a huge financial relief in the event of a catastrophe.
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