It’s undeniable that a major factor that affects one’s decision to pursue college is the tuition fee they need to pay for. For those who are from well-off families that might not be a problem unless they are too lazy to finish their studies. Meanwhile, for those are on tight budget, they’d have to seek for financial help.
If you are among the high school graduates who plan to enter nursing school, there are several options for you to choose from to finish nursing without having to worry about paying big after graduation.
FAFSA – The Initial Step
Like any other students planning to enter college, you would want first to consider financial aid offered by U.S. Department of Education. You would need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and for here you’ll get evaluated as to how much they can contribute (if approved) to the cost of your education and the remaining expenses you or your parents need to pay.
Next, seek help from your financial counselor in school or instructors that can possibly give you advise on where and how to seek financial help. If you don’t trust your counselor that much, ask your close friends or relatives whether they got any ideas on what organizations or businesses offer financial assistance or nursing scholarships.
Financial Aid Sources to Check out
Other financial aid sources include health care agencies, government offices, private organizations and even hospitals. You can try to find an employer that will commit to providing you financial assistance in taking nursing. This is usually offered by hospitals looking for students with great potential whom they can absorb in their hospital right after graduation. These hospitals usually require a student to work for them for a couple of hours every week and would commit you to working for them at a certain period of time after graduation.
This is already one great way to pay for nursing school without having to worry about loans and interests. You don’t only get financial help but you also gain valuable experiences that can help you become an efficient licensed nurse in the future.
Where to Find Possible Employers
Now, where are you going to start looking for employers? Get online and visit college resource websites. Study carefully the list of hospitals and other private organizations offering tuition fee assistance. You can also directly contact the hospital or health care agencies. Call them or personally pay a visit.
It is important though that you start seeking for financial aid and other options early or even before you even finish high school. If possible, list your options and things to do. Start early to ensure you get the nursing education you are aiming for.