Aside from a Pell grant or a loan, are there any other options out there to pay tuition for a CNA class? This is a class at a vo-tech school...it is the least expensive class while still being good that I can find. They don't offer any financial aid. Community colleges are out because I can't get a Pell grant, which is a real let down because it would cover all of the tuition plus supplies. I've heard of a lot of people getting various grants and assistance for nursing, is there anything out there that I'm overlooking? I've called around to numerous hospitals, nursing homes, etc for programs where they hire you and train you to get the certification while you're working there, and then you're obligated to work for them for a year, or whatever their terms are. I found a big list of these supposedly in my area, but only one has such a program and there is a huge wait list with little hope of being called anytime in the near future. A lot of places will pay for employees to become an RN, but you have to have the CNA to get employed to start with.
The program really isn't THAT expensive, $1k, but I don't exactly have a thousand sitting around...I really need a better paying job (a career with the possibility to advance and become financially stable, fix my credit, buy a house eventually, not just a job) ASAP. I've been applying to all sorts of things in the meantime, but nothing's come of that.