By now you’ve no doubt heard the list of compelling reasons why nurses should be more educated. Yet going back to school at this point in your career probably feels like a huge step, a major investment of not only your time, but of your money as well. Whether you’d like your next nursing degree to be a BSN or an MSN, there is an array of resources that can potentially reduce your out-of-pocket tuition costs, as well as many different ways to pay for your education. Take a look at the lists below – and don’t hesitate to give the American Sentinel admissions office a call at 1-866-922-5690, if you’re not sure which of these options apply to you. Our friendly admissions counselors are always ready to discuss your specific circumstances and you’re under no obligation to enroll after speaking to us.
You may be able to substantially reduce your out-of-pocket tuition costs through:
- An existing partnership between your organization and American Sentinel. We currently have ongoing relationships with approximately 170 hospitals and healthcare facilities, with various types of agreements in place. A partnership will give you the benefit of reduced tuition on top of our already affordable rates. And some of our agreements allow students to defer tuition payments (students may still be responsible for certain fees). You can find out if your hospital has an agreement in place with American Sentinel by speaking with your nursing supervisor, a human resources staff member at your facility, or an American Sentinel admissions counselor.
- Employer-sponsored educational benefits. Even if your employer does not have a formal partnership agreement in place with us, it may have some sort of program designed to encourage education by reimbursing you for tuition. We may even be able to work with your organization to arrange deferred payment for you. Just give us a call.
- Military educational benefits. If you or your spouse are in the military or have been in the past, you are eligible to reduce your overall tuition costs dramatically through American Sentinel’s military scholarship. In addition to this scholarship, you can use your Veteran’s Administration education benefits.
- Transfer credits. If you have a professional certification in a nursing specialty like infection prevention, this translates into credit hours – thereby reducing the number of courses you have to take for an MSN and saving you money.
After you’ve done your research and looked at every way possible to reduce your tuition costs, you may find you still need to look at affordable ways to pay for a nursing degree. Consider these:
- American Sentinel financing programs. We are one of the few nursing programs out there to offer an in-house payment plan, with 0% financing and as little as $500 down. We never want anyone to feel overwhelmed by the prospect of paying for advanced education.
- The slow and steady approach. You can always purchase and pay for one class at a time as you can afford it, rather than taking a full course load. At American Sentinel, courses start every month so you’re not locked into a traditional semester schedule.
- Federal financial aid. We have a page on our website that explains the different types of federal loans and grants. Or, just give us a call and an admissions advisor will happily walk you through the information you need.
If you’re shopping around and comparing prices at several schools, be sure you’re comparing apples to apples. American Sentinel prices its tuition per semester credit hour, while some other schools charge per quarter hour or even by a flat fee per term or semester. The easiest way to compare schools’ total tuition price is to know how many credit hours you’ll need to graduate, and then multiple by the price per credit hour.
If this sounds complicated, we invite you to download our free e-book, Make Sure You’re Not Comparing Apples to Oranges, which includes a school comparison worksheet.
Still not sure how to get started? Give us a call at 1-866-922-5690 and chat with an admissions counselor.