Three Ways for Aspiring Health Professionals to Avoid the NJ Student Loan System

For aspiring health professionals who are living in New Jersey, dealing with the controversial student loan system currently in place in the state can often be enough to put those looking to work in the healthcare industry off from pursuing a higher education.

With stories such as that of Marcia DeOliviera-Longinetti, who was told that she was still required to pay off her murdered son Kevin’s student loan after being told previously that it would be written off, it’s unsurprising that students in the state of New Jersey are suspicious of applying for a student loan, with student debt currently at an all-time high not only in NJ, but across the U.S. But, there are a number of ways in which you can qualify as a health professional and avoid New Jersey’s student loan system.

Online Study

Online education is becoming an increasingly popular option for NJ students as not only does studying online offer more flexibility by allowing students to complete their degree, masters or even a doctorate program such as a DNP online from home and in their own time, it also provides students with a great opportunity to save some significant money.

Online programs, such as the doctorate in nursing practice program from Bradley University are usually priced much cheaper than their on-campus counterparts when it comes to tuition fees, allowing those studying to become healthcare professionals to do so without the need for a large student loan.

Studying Abroad

The beauty of working in the health care industry is that many healthcare professions require identical or similar training around the world.

For example, if you’re studying to become a nurse, it won’t really matter which country you live in when completing your study, as nursing is a global profession that requires the same training and education for aspiring professionals.

Although studying abroad won’t always mean that you can avoid paying tuition fees, it can definitely be an option worth looking into, especially if you enjoy traveling and the idea of spending time living and studying overseas for a few years is one that is appealing to you.

Employer Funding and Scholarships

With the U.S. on the brink of a severe nursing shortage, employers are trying to help increase the number of registered nurses working in hospitals, clinics and elsewhere by offering funding and scholarships to those already working in caring professions that do not require a college degree.

For example, if you are currently working as a carer for the elderly, or work as an assistant in a hospital, not only is this experience a great foundation for pursuing a career in the healthcare profession, but it can also be a great way to avoid getting into student loan debt by asking your employer to help you financially when it comes to getting the education and training that you need.

For aspiring NJ health professionals, controversies with the student loan system in the state can raise issues when pursuing further education. But, there’s no need to give up on your career goals – there are many alternatives to taking out a student loan when it comes to funding your health care degree.


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