Paying for Nurse School

Let's face it. Nursing school is not cheap. Due to many factors, such as increased salaries for nursing professionals, teachers, administration. classroom learning aids, and other issues, tuition is high and only going to rise. So, this begs the question, how is one supposed to pay for nursing school? There are actually a number of answers to this question. One of the first and naturally, most competitive resources are nursing scholarships. There are a number of ways to go about landing one of these, including internet searches and contacting the admissions departments of the schools you are considering. Remember, it never hurts to ask!

Successful candidates for nursing school scholarships will have exemplary grades, but your resume shouldn't stop there. Besides the As, you also need sterling letters of recommendation and a host of volunteer experience -- the more the better. All of this will make you look better to the scholarship review board and increase your chances of landing a full or partial ride.

Besides scholarships, you can also pay for nursing school through grant money. This includes both state and federal money, and there are a number of programs offering money up front if you agree to a service commitment in an underserved or rural area of need. Before signing up for one of these, make sure you know what you're doing as there is no option to opt out without a heavy penalty.

Another means of payment is of course, the old standby, student loans. No one likes student loans, but the truth is that for most of us, they are a necessity. The good news is that with interest rates falling the way they have been, what five years ago was an expensive proposition is now a lot cheaper. Ultimately what it comes down to is this -- will you be able to pay off the loan, with interest, once you have the job you want? In most cases, that answer is yes.

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