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    It's not so much getting back into study that is worrying me, as I've been studying off and on for a while now. Mostly it's the affordability of doing the degree without having the extra pressure of "needing" to work while studying and doing placements at the same time. I think study, placements, family and dealing with hubby's job is about as much stress as I can handle without adding in having to work to pay for it all as well.

    I'm really disappointed that I can't get funding for a diploma as the full fee cost is just too much for me at the moment. A friend of mine is applying to Tafe SA for their nursing diploma and she wants me to apply too, in case I don't get into the uni course - it's run externally as well and may be more affordable than here in Vic, but they can't guarantee placements in your own state. So not sure if I should try for that as well.

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    Would you consider using VET Fee Help, then you don't have to start paying for the course until you are working and earning over a certain amount

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    Hi Cluky79. I can't be much help to you as i barely knew where to start for myself. It is never too late to change careers though. My dad was a mechanic for 30 years. Then he went to university and did a degree in social sciences.

    Good inspiration for me.

    Good luck with your A&P Exam tired mummy. Hopefully the info you need will flow out when you need it.

    I am applying for uni because it is the cheapest way for me to do it also. We have one wage and 4 kids. Of course it will all need paying later but by then my kids will be on the way to leaving home and I will be able to work long enough hours to pay it back. I am a jump in the deep end kind of person. If I do something I may as well go the whole hog.

    I look forward to hearing how things go for you all.

    I just need to sit my stat in Ocotober and hopefully do well on that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tired*mummy View Post
    Would you consider using VET Fee Help, then you don't have to start paying for the course until you are working and earning over a certain amount
    Yes, I did ask about vet fee help, but some of the cheaper (not by much though) full fee places don't offer it. Apparently they have to apply to the government to get it or something like that. Go figure! Flabbergasted!

    But then again, but the time you take into account the cost of the diploma plus the 25% on top of that for vet fee help, travel cost etc and time to do it, I've sort of worked it out that a degree won't cost that much more. I just have to not be a chicken to do it. I'm not sure if I should be applying to uni's here in Vic as well, and maybe going on campus part time if possible. External fits the family better though......

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    Quote Originally Posted by kewok View Post
    I am applying for uni because it is the cheapest way for me to do it also. I look forward to hearing how things go for you all.
    Me too! Sorry, not good at multiquoting yet. Which uni's are you applying to?

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    I agree that uni is cheaper but the amount of placement on the bachelor of nursing was just way to much for me to try and juggle with the family. Hoping the diploma gets me back into it slowly lol.
    If i dont get into VU for midwifery then CQU offer midwifery externally for nurses for 18mths full time, so there is another option for me. Even though it will require traveling again... it is only 4 days at a time and only 3 times through out the course. I dont mind having to go somewhere new, thats the exciting part

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    I have limited my chances a bit by applying for one uni only. Deakin.

    I want to be based where i live or I will just wait a few years. My children are getting a little older so it can work if i am based here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kewok View Post
    I have limited my chances a bit by applying for one uni only. Deakin.

    I want to be based where i live or I will just wait a few years. My children are getting a little older so it can work if i am based here.
    Well it makes sense to me if you are based in Geelong to just apply to Deakin. Travel to other uni's in the city could be very costly. I wouldn't have thought you are limiting your chances. But I've also put down other preferences at the same uni, if I don't get into nursing then I could try and do the first couple of common units and transfer into the course. Still trying to figure it all out though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kewok View Post
    I have limited my chances a bit by applying for one uni only. Deakin.

    I want to be based where i live or I will just wait a few years.
    I did the same thing. Applied for the local Uni and external via the other campus. I have no intention of moving, but if I need to do res school I can stay with my sister for that week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tired*mummy View Post
    I agree that uni is cheaper but the amount of placement on the bachelor of nursing was just way to much for me to try and juggle with the family. Hoping the diploma gets me back into it slowly lol.
    If i dont get into VU for midwifery then CQU offer midwifery externally for nurses for 18mths full time, so there is another option for me. Even though it will require traveling again... it is only 4 days at a time and only 3 times through out the course. I dont mind having to go somewhere new, thats the exciting part
    Hi Tiredmummy , have you done any placements yet? Did you have to find the hospital yourself or did the tafe organise it for you? Just wondering how tafe external studies works compared to uni.


 

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