If you want to become a CNA but are worried about the cost of the program you may be able to find a way around this. Although CNA programs tend to be relatively inexpensive, it would be optimal to find training at no cost to you. There are a couple possibilities that can help you.
First, you’ll want to contact your local hospitals and nursing care facilities to find out if they offer any training. If they do offer training, it most likely will be free for those who will be working for them once they are certified. Although it may be difficult to find an opportunity like this, it is definitely worth trying. Simply call or stop by every hospital and long-term care facility in your area to find out whether they are in need of CNA’s. If they are, you may be in luck.
Secondly, get in contact with the local community college. If they are any courses for nursing assistant then you’re in luck. Community colleges except financial aid, so this will be at no cost to you. Simply register with the community college and apply for financial aid and if you qualify you will receive your training for free. Qualifying for financial aid at community colleges is pretty easy. It is based on your income level, so as long as you don’t make a high income you will qualify.
If neither of these options is available to you, then find a trade school or local facility that offers CNA classes online and find out if they accept financial aid. If you can’t find one that does, consider paying for your program out-of-pocket, with a payment plan. Most trade schools do offer payment plans, so you won’t be stuck paying the entire bill up front. Do some price comparing as well. CNA courses can range from $500-$2000 and up so it would be wise to compare prices from one program to the next. Just be sure, if you end up going with a less expensive program, to find out if they are recognized by your state. If you still need help deciding if CNA work is for you see the “What is a CNA?” article.