If you are a registered nurse who is ready to take the next step in advancing your education, you may be considering going back to school to earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree in an RN to BSN program. As an investment in your future, there are a lot of important factors involved with making this decision, the RN to BSN tuition cost being one of them.
As you are researching the average cost of RN to BSN programs offered by various education institutions, keep in mind that the initial tuition rates you see should not be taken at face value. They are often just base figures that do not account for all of the other elements involved with calculating the true RN to BSN cost.
So what’s the best way to estimate the online RN to BSN cost you may be eligible for with Chamberlain’s RN to BSN Online Degree Completion Option?
Read on for some tips - or call our admissions team, who will walk you through each option.
Calculating Online RN to BSN Cost
1. Start with the Net Price Calculator.
When assessing the RN to BSN cost, the Net Price Calculator can assist you with calculating your estimated educational costs and potential financial assistance—both federal and institutional—with a series of questions about your plans to attend Chamberlain and your family’s income.
2. Don’t forget about your credits.
Upon acceptance into the RN to BSN option, you will be awarded 77 proficiency credits for your nursing experience before you even begin the program and still have the option of transferring in additional coursework, which can translate into RN to BSN tuition cost savings for you. In fact, Chamberlain’s RN to BSN students entering in the 2016/17 school year received an average of 87 credit hours between Competency and Clinical Advancement Program (CCAP), transfer and proficiency credit. As a result, students end up completing between 30-45 credits while in the RN to BSN option.
3. Inquire into employer tuition reimbursement.
See if your employer provides a reimbursement benefit for the Chamberlain RN to BSN tuition cost. If so, you may be eligible to sign up for a special payment plan that will sync up with the timing of when your employer or agency sends in payments.
4. Check if you qualify for a group-specific tuition rate.
Chamberlain partners with healthcare institutions, community colleges and associations to provide accessible educational opportunities for registered nurses. Group-specific tuition rates plus waived application fees are intended to make Chamberlain RN to BSN tuition reimbursement dollars go further. Click here to see if Chamberlain has a partnership with your employer/institution.
5. If you are a member of our nation’s military community, you may be eligible for active duty/veterans assistance.
Chamberlain is committed to providing quality and accessible nursing education to members of our nation's military community, including:
Active duty, National Guard or Reserve service members
Spouses of active duty/veteran/retired military
Department of Defense employees
Veterans Affairs employees
Students may be eligible for GI Bill® Education Benefits and/or tuition assistance based on prior or current military service. Active-duty military students may be eligible for tuition assistance on their online RN to BSN cost through their branch of service or stationed base.
6. Explore scholarship and grant opportunities.
In general, grants and scholarships are forms of financial aid provided by the institution, federal or state governments or other outside sources to offset the RN to BSN cost, and are typically not repaid. Chamberlain offers a variety of scholarship and grant opportunities to students who meet specified criteria. Many external scholarships are also available from various sources and can help reduce the RN to BSN cost.
7. Look into other financial aid options.
There are a variety of other financial aid options that may be available to you, from student loans —a form of financial aid that must be repaid—to Federal Work-Study that enables students who demonstrate financial need to earn a portion of their RN to BSN cost.
8. Don’t leave money on the table.
Do your research on all the opportunities to support the online RN to BSN cost. You may be pleasantly surprised by what you can use to your financial advantage. In fact, 75% of Chamberlain RN to BSN students enrolling in the Fall 2016 cohort received institutional aid or qualified for a special tuition rate in their first academic year.
Are you ready to take the next step? Contact an admission representative to learn more about the Chamberlain RN to BSN tuition cost and financial options.
By Agnes Hicks
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