• What and How ....do I do now?

    Asked by cjnana on Wednesday, February 27, 2013

    What and How ....do I do now?

    I enrolled in college to persue a BSN. Received straight A's. It kept me going and gave me a sense of a future during and after cancer. Due to health issues, I had to drop out half way through my last semester. Now that I am feeling a little better, I wanted to take just one class to get back into the swing of things. Even though I have student loan approval, I was told that I would have to pay out of pocket, $1500.00. I don't know how to pay for that. Any ideas of assistance available? I am frustrated and don't know if I should continue to persue this. With the uncertainty of my health, I don't know what way to go.

    3 Answers from the Community

    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Well I would start by finding out why you can't use your student loan? Is it because you want to take just one class instead of being a full time student? Is it because this particular class wouldn't count towards your degree? Can you take the class somewhere else, like maybe a community college. $1500 for one class sound exceptionally high regardless of who is paying for it.

      over 4 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      If I were you I would speak to an academic advisor who can get you hooked into scholarship opportunities. Another way to do it is to post your situation on www.giveforward.com. There are many philantropists that visit the site to contribute and use it as a tax write off. It is a great way to earn money. I had a patient who did it and in 2 months she had about 25,000. because she linked it to her fb page and her friends did as well. She also made flyers and put them all around. It is a start. You might also contact www.patientadvocate.org because they might be able to direct you to resources that could help. I know how expensive it can be, I just got another degree this past December. Best of luck to you, Carm RN.

      over 4 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      Depending on where you're going to school, one class for $1500 may or may not be exceptionally expensive... I can only imagine how frustrated you must feel.

      Anyway - three things immediately jumped to mind....

      First - The advice to see an advisor is a really good one. Also, I don't know how long you were out of school... but sometimes there can be funding for people returning to school. An advisor might be able to help you find those resources. Plus, these sources tend to be underapplied for (as I understand it).

      Second - the innerwebs!
      A quick google search using these terms: adult students scholarships
      yielded a ton of hits.

      AND... consider these search terms: adult students scholarships cancer - BAM! Some good hits there as well.


      Third - I don't know if this is true in your area, but there are some hospitals that will support you in exchange for a commitment of a certain time period of employment. Now, I don't know how that would work for part time studies... but it is something to consider looking into.

      It's a tough time with universities right now - across the country, funds are more and more difficult to find.... and tuition rates are rising higher and higher.

      I hope this helps. And I hope you are able to take the class!

      over 4 years ago

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