How to Pay for Nursing School


By University Alliance

Financial aid can come from a variety of sources whether it be federal or state programs, or from private entities. If you are trying to find money for nursing school, it’s out there provided that you’re willing to do the legwork. Completing one form – the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) – opens up the most resources. This form will make you eligible via Jacksonville University’s Financial Aid Office for federal aid, as well as aid offered by your state. Find it at www.fafsa.ed.gov. In Jacksonville’s home state of Florida, for instance, there are resident access grants that can fund your bachelor’s degree. Read more about applying for financial aid available through Jacksonville University.

Meet With Your Human Resources Department

Many employers provide tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance to encourage employees to earn a degree. Typically, you will be reimbursed up to a certain "cap," or maximum, after successfully completing the course (often with a "C" or higher). Employers may use your work status or length of service as eligibility criteria for tuition reimbursement.

JU students regularly tap into this employee benefit accessing funds to help pay for nursing school ranging from $1,500 to $6,000 annually. Instead of a yearly amount, some healthcare facilities put a maximum dollar value on earning a degree. We have students eligible up to $16,000. Tuition reimbursement really takes a bite out of your out-of-pocket costs.

Full- and part-time Veterans Health Administration RNs have a great scholarship program called the National Nursing Education Initiative (NNEI). If you work for the VA, you can receive up to $31,080 to earn your BSN and move up from the Nurse Level 1 position.

Ask your employer if you're eligible to receive tuition reimbursement for your BSN. You may want to research scholarship opportunities at portals like FastWeb.

Just For Nurses

There are many resources just for nurses. We recommend you start with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's helpful list called "Scholarships and Financial Aid Resources for Nursing Students." Also, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has a program entitled the Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program (NELRP). It provides financial assistance to qualified applicants in exchange for full-time service as a registered nurse at a critical shortage facility. Your state may also offer grants and loans which we encourage you to search for online.

Affordable and Competitive Tuition With JU

Make your federal, state and private funds stretch further with Jacksonville University's online RN to BSN program. Many institutions not only charge tuition costs, but also a host of assorted fees for application, technology, transcript evaluation, library privileges, graduation and more. Although a program's tuition may seem low at first, those extra expenses can quickly add up. JU's tuition is very affordable, with no hidden fees: $460 per credit hour. Books and materials are additional.

Also, JU will grant you 30 credits free for your active U.S. RN license! Compare our program with others. You won't find one offering with the same streaming video classroom coupled with the competitive tuition. Contact us today to learn how to pay for nursing school and we'll call you to guide you through the tuition and financial aid process.

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