RN-to-BSN Student Discusses her Experience, Financial Aid Tips

Alyssa Evans

When the opportunity to be a student in Western Washington University’s first BSN cohort became available, Ferndale resident Carrie Holtrop decided to enroll.

Holtrop graduated in 2014 at Western’s Bellingham campus. She currently works as a postpartum nurse for PeaceHealth, where she has worked for over 15 years.

 “WWU’s BSN program allowed me the opportunity to find out what top leaders in this organization do for staff and the community we serve,” Holtrop said.

A tip Holtrop suggests for prospective and current students is to apply for financial aid both from Western and private donors.

“I was able to walk away from my education with minimal loans due to scholarship and financial aid contributions,” Holtrop said.

In addition to applying for financial aid, working part-time is another way to earn money that Holtrop suggests.

Western provides resources for both financial aid and employment help. Financial aid help can be found at http://www.finaid.wwu.edu/ (Financial Aid Department), https://wp.wwu.edu/sbo/ (Student Business Office) and http://www.wwu.edu/financialliteracy/index.shtml (Financial Literacy Intelligence). Employment help can be found at http://www.finaid.wwu.edu/studentjobs/ (Student Employment Center) and http://www.wwu.edu/careers/ (Career Services Center).

Information about Western’s RN-to-BSN program can be found at https://wce.wwu.edu/bsn/rn-bsn-program.