Top 5 Creative Ways to Fund Your Education
3. Online Education
Over a dozen fully accredited, highly regarded nursing schools already offer programs online. Often times, the academic portion of the program is completed online while the clinical portion is completed locally. A greater capacity to teach nurses today, would significantly ease the nursing crisis facing us in the coming years. Opening more online nursing schools would help resolve the nursing crisis at its core.
Schools like Indiana State and Jacksonville University are some of America’s best colleges for nurses. The National League of Nurses and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) have accredited each of these schools respectively. There are many more fully accredited nursing schools offering their programs online.
Not only is the capacity for teaching nurses online higher than that of teaching them on-campus, nurse educators can leverage their time better, the programs are less expensive, and most of these programs have no waiting list.
Search online for the right program for you. And, tell your friends and colleagues who aspire to become a nurse about these great opportunities.
4. Capital Grants
In an effort to increase the number of students and nursing faculty, many states are beginning to offer capital grants to hire and retain nursing staff, purchase new equipment, enhance audiovisual ability, and recruit students.
Write your state and congressional representative about the successes of other state programs for the hiring and retention of nursing and help to get similar programs in place.
5. Loan Repayment Programs
Loan repayment programs such as NELRP repay loan balances of registeresed nurses selected for funding. NELRP is very competitive and repays 60% of the qualifying loan balance in exchange for 2 years of service at a critical shortage facility. Participants may be eligible to work a third year and receive an additional 25% of the qualifying loan balance.
For more information, click here: NELRP
Don’t give up on your goal to become a nurse because you don’t have the cash to go to school. If there’s a will, there’s always a way to make your dreams come true!