I just started my first semester at CNM. Fafsa covered my tution, all my books, and there was a little left over. I just got my financial aid approval for next year, and got an extra $200 a semester from a grant through the school. There are lots of grants and scholarships offered through CNM, and some great programs.
After I get my 2yr I hope to go to work for Tricore. They do 55% tuition reimbursement for part-time employees, and 80% for full-time. You have to work for them for six months to qualify, so my 4.5yr degree will take 5yrs...but I'll do it completely debt free.
Go on public assistance while you get your 2yr. It will allow you to make school a priority, and you'll appreciate it when classes start.
at 10:37 PM on Jun. 17, 2013