The Cost of Nursing School
A major concern for future nursing students is the cost of nursing school. It’s important to get an idea of what attending nursing school will entail in terms of finances. While it’s important to look at tuition and fees, there are many other factors to consider when evaluating the cost of nursing school.
Other expenses you’ll encounter when attending nursing school include:
- Supplies: From books to scrubs, you’ll need the tools to succeed in nursing school. These expenses can range from a few hundred dollars to more than a thousand dollars.
- Commuting: Gas prices and the distance from your home to the campus you choose are important things to consider. If you choose an on-site program, you’ll spend a lot of time at school.
- Exam and licensure fees: Before practicing nursing, you must take the National Counsel Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX RN). It costs two hundred dollars to register for the exam, plus any other fees assessed by the local board of nursing.
- Time off from work: Nursing school is difficult. Many nursing schools encourage you to not hold down a full-time position while enrolled. Consider the cost of not working when looking into nursing school.
There are many resources to help you reduce the cost of nursing school, like scholarships and grants. You might also consider an online program to reduce the cost of commuting or an accelerated nursing program to ensure that you start making your investment in nursing school back as soon as possible.