Did you know that Registered Nurses make up the largest part of the health care industry?
That is over 2.6 million jobs and of those 2.6 million jobs, over 60% of them are in hospitals. Nurses are in great demand. If you are looking for a job with great hours and benefits, somewhere where you can grow, consider a path in nursing.
There are three different ways that you can obtain a degree in nursing. If you are a single mother and don’t have the time to attend classes during the day then you obtain a degree at night or even complete some of the requirements online.
You have three choices: you can get your bachelor’s degree, an associate’s degree or a degree from an accredited nursing school. Advanced practices such as a clinical nurse specialist, a nurse anesthetist, a nurse-midwife, and nurse practitioners need to get a master’s degree.
Paying For School
Paying for school can always be a stress, especially if you are a single parent.
There are so many other things that you have to worry about, and as parents, we know, we always come last. The thing that you have to remember is that going back to school to become a nurse is not just going to benefit you.
It is going to benefit your child. Everything you do has a direct effect on them. Having a stable job, with great, flexible hours a great paycheck and room to grow is the best thing that you can do for your family.
Almost every school will be able to offer you some type of loan or payment plan to help you pay for school.
Though that is great, it would be better if you could get some type of scholarship to help you pay for school.
The good news is, there are a lot of nursing scholarships out there, especially for single mothers. There is such a high need for nurses, all types of organizations and government entities are offering incentives to get men and women to join the nursing field.
Project Working Mom
Project Working Mom is a scholarship program for working mothers. This program allows women to go back to school with full scholarships. This program has gotten over 50,000 applications.
Project Working Mom has teamed up with universities across the United States to get moms to go back to school. Universities such as Walden University, Devry University and American InterContinental University all work in collaboration with Project Working Mom to provide educations to deserving moms who want to go back to school. They have awarded over $2 million in full-ride scholarships for women who cannot go back to school full-time.
Part-time students usually do not qualify for financial aid. Usually you need to be a full-time student in order to be eligible for certain aid. According to the American Council on Education, less than 35% of part-time students receive any type of financial aid.
Other Financing Options
There are other financing options for you if you are planning on going to nursing school part-time. If you are aware of hospitals in your area, inquire with them about nursing programs.
Many large hospitals, especially university hospitals and teaching hospitals, offer programs where they will subsidize your education in return for your employment in their facility upon your graduation. Programs like this can really help finance your degree and assist you in finding job placement immediately upon graduation.
You can also look into the university that you are attending. Though financial aid for part-time students is not that common, they do offer some sort of aid. You aren’t going to know until you inquire.
President Obama has offered a stimulus with the hopes of getting moms to go back to school. Go to www.classesandcareers.com; this program offers you $2,500 in tax credits, $1,000 education refunds for low-income students, and $70 billion for low- and middle-income students.
Another option you have is attending the University of Phoenix. You would have the opportunity to take some of your classes online and they offer a wide variety of scholarships, financial aid and grants.
The bottom line is that there are so many different options for you.
Do not let money get in your way. If you search the Internet you will find a wide variety of grants, scholarships and financial aide options to help fund you education. Nursing is a rewarding, high-demand field of study. They are looking for you! You can make it work.
Additional Scholarships and Grants
- Women’s Independence Scholarship Program (WISP)
- The ROSE Fund
- Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation