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Attending college or university costs more than just tuition. The term “total cost of attendance” captures the all-in price for one year of studies. In addition to tuition, typical expenses include room and board, books and supplies, miscellaneous fees, health items, clothes, entertainment, and travel.

Students' overall expenditures vary widely. Influencing factors include the type of educational institution (public vs. private), the length of the program (certificate vs. associate's vs. bachelor's), and the student's residency (in-state vs. out-of-state).

There are many practical tips for saving money on nursing education. A big one is living at home. Parents charge much less for room and board than colleges or universities. If you do choose to live near school, considering living off-campus in a shared apartment. Living with others can substantially reduce rent costs while providing a "home" away from home.

Another tip is “cycling.” First there's recycling: used books contain the same information as new ones at a fraction of the cost. The inexpensive clothing at second-hand shops often has the expensive price tag still on! Then there's just plain cycling: many learning centers' facilities are on campus or a short pedal away. You can leave the car at home and still return for the holidays by carpool, public transportation, or a ride from a loving family member.

Last tip – keep a budget. Write down monthly amounts for expenses. Remember to include utilities like electricity and cable. And of course, stick to the amounts you've committed.

Want to know the cost of attendance at some of Arizona's best nursing schools? We've ranked them below from most expensive to least expensive.

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Arizona nursing schools: Most to least expensive

Brookline College - Phoenix
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (28-month program): tuition and fees $79,900, books and supplies $0
Patient Care Technician Diploma (8-month program): tuition and fees $15,250, books and supplies $0
Carrington College - Mesa
Associate's Degree in Nursing (24-month program): tuition and fees $47,575, books and supplies $3,389, room and board $28,224
Carrington College - Phoenix
Associate's Degree in Nursing (24-month program): tuition and fees $47,575, books and supplies $3,389, room and board $28,224
Carrington College - Tucson
Associate's Degree in Nursing (24-month program): tuition and fees $47,575, books and supplies $3,389, room and board $28,224
Pima Medical Institute - Tucson
Associate's Degree in Nursing (23-month program): tuition and fees $43,560, books and supplies $2,518
Pima Medical Institute - Mesa
Associate's Degree in Nursing (23-month program): tuition and fees $43,560, books and supplies $2,518
Nursing Assistant Certificate (2-month program): tuition and fees $1,240, books and supplies $161
Brookline College - Tempe
Patient Care Technician Diploma (8-month program): tuition and fees $15,250, books and supplies $0
Brookline College - Tucson
Patient Care Technician Diploma (8-month program): tuition and fees $15,250, books and supplies $0
East Valley Institute of Technology
Nursing Assistant Certificate (13-month program): tuition and fees $11,000, books and supplies $577
GateWay Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Fast Track) (10-month program): tuition and fees $6,874, books and supplies $1,539
Nursing Assistant Certificate (2-month program): tuition and fees $1,100, books and supplies $567
Pima Medical Institute - East Valley
Nursing Assistant Certificate (2-month program): tuition and fees $1,240, books and supplies $161
School Program Length Tuition & fees
Brookline College - Phoenix Bachelor of Science in Nursing 28 months $79,900
Patient Care Technician Diploma 8 months $15,250
Carrington College - Mesa Associate's Degree in Nursing 24 months $47,575
Carrington College - Phoenix Associate's Degree in Nursing 24 months $47,575
Carrington College - Tucson Associate's Degree in Nursing 24 months $47,575
Pima Medical Institute - Tucson Associate's Degree in Nursing 23 months $43,560
Pima Medical Institute - Mesa Associate's Degree in Nursing 23 months $43,560
Nursing Assistant Certificate 2 months $1,240
Brookline College - Tempe Patient Care Technician Diploma 8 months $15,250
Brookline College - Tucson Patient Care Technician Diploma 8 months $15,250
East Valley Institute of Technology Nursing Assistant Certificate 13 months $11,000
GateWay Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing (Fast Track) 10 months $6,874
Nursing Assistant Certificate 2 months $1,100
Pima Medical Institute - East Valley Nursing Assistant Certificate 2 months $1,240