Recently, I have sought out going back to school for nursing to help further my career in healthcare and patient care. However, yesterday we found out that we would have to pay for the entire education out of pocket which would end up being pretty expensive.
1) the school I would be going to to start out with, doesn’t take private school loans so that wasn’t an option.
2) I’ve already used all the Pell Grant and Financial Aid I could stand a chance at getting – as some of you remember, I already have a Bachelors in History
So that isn’t an option.
We were going to transfer some of Josh’s GI Bill to me but we also found out that Guard/Reserve members do not have the same means to transfer their stuff as Active Duty. Josh would have to go on six 1 year deployments, as a Reservist [which he is], in order for anything to transfer. My employers Tuition Assistance is exactly that, assistance, so it wouldn’t help very much and has its own stipulations. So we are out of options for that. Every time we try to “go after” nursing, stuff never seems to pan out.
With that said, I did get into 2 separate graduate schools.
However, again, one is $66,000 A YEAR and the program is 2 1/2 years long. Excuse me, but I’m not going to pay $100,000.00 for an education where the job only makes about $30,000 a year. No thank you.
Finally, one is only about $35,000 for the entire program which is about 2 1/2 years. But – unlike the other area of study – when you graduate, you stand a chance of making $35,000 – $40,000 a year job.
Some of you know my Plan A didn’t work out (this was my original plan) to go to school to become an Archeologist. The state university decided that program wasn’t important enough anymore so they stopped offering it.
Plan B was Nursing (with would be 100% out of pocket, which we can’t afford)
Plan C would have cost $100,000 (which we cannot afford)
Finally, Plan D seems to be the right fit.
Note, all of these except Nursing are/were Graduate level programs.
I think what I am going to do is take Plan D up on its Return on Investment and pursue it. There are a myriad of different options for me to pursue after I graduate with a Masters in Healthcare Administration (that’s the program, by the way). If worse comes to worse, I can just go into the military as an officer doing Healthcare Administration. However, I’d like to stay a civilian if I can and just be a Project Manager or Office Manager.