Please help me understood Nursing School tuition

<p>Daughter will be attending School of Nursing in the fall. I thought there would be some advantage (cost savings) in having her take AP exams, electives at the local community college, etc. in order to reduce tuition. However, looks like as long as you are considered a full-time student (12-18 credits per term), you pay a "flat rate" tuition charge, instead of a "per credit" tuition charge. Aside from lightening her work load, I'm not sure there's any reason for her to do anything outside of the Pitt setting.</p>

<p>Am I missing something?</p>

<p>The Pitt nursing program is so challenging and the program is so highly structured, I don’t see how she will have the time to travel to another campus and take classes.</p>

<p>Perhaps I didn’t explain clearly enough. She is a high senior now. She has taken many AP classes, and as a result, has taken a few AP exams. By doing well on those exams, she’ll be exempt from taking certain classes (English, Psych). She is going to take one elective over the summer (before she starts at Pitt) at our local community college. </p>

<p>However, since Pitt’s tuition is a flat rate (regardless of whether you have 12 credits or 18 credits), I’m not sure if this was even necessary. Aside from lightening her course load, I don’t see any financial benefit.</p>

<p>No, there is no financial benefit unless she manages to get enough AP / community college credits to finish the Pitt nursing program in less than eight semesters. But that is unlikely, given the rigor of the program.</p>

<p>The AP credits will lighten the load for your D, and give her a little bit of flexibility in timing / selection of the “non-nursing” courses.</p>

<p>In this specific case, the AP credits mainly serve to make it easier to graduate on time, without too much stress. That is valuable. It is because the nursing courses are intense and must be taken in a certain order, with clinicals.</p>

<p>Beware of taking community college classes until you are 100% sure they will be accepted for credit towards a degree at your college.</p>

<p>Just a side note…Pitt does not accept community college credit once a student has accumulated a certain amount of credits. For my daughter (in arts and science) I think it was 30 credits, so the CC route may only work this summer. That is just one more thing to look into.</p>

<p>MD Mom,</p>

<p>You are right that Pitt will not accept transfer credits after a certain point. It is after a student has 60 credits that he or she would not be able to take courses at another university or community college.</p>

<p>Thank you, PittPeerAdvisor, for my daughter it was after freshman year and because of AP credit plus a summer language program she was ahead of most freshmen credit wise, so that is probably why I was thinking 30.</p>