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When choosing a nursing program, it is important to understand not only the costs associated with higher education, but also the type of return to expect upon earning a degree.

Depending on the type of nursing degree, tuition fees at a public university can range anywhere from $16,800 to $30,000. At a private university, this cost can more than double. Beyond tuition, classes often require textbooks and resources, with costs ranging from $1,600 to $3,000. While students can always purchase their books from the campus bookstore, cheaper options such as textbook rental help to bring costs down.

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Students who do not live within commuting distance to the university also need to factor in the costs of living on campus. In 2014, the typical on-campus cost for a nursing student was roughly $7,500.

While obtaining a nursing degree can be expensive, nurses can earn anywhere from $56,000 to $145,640 annually upon graduation, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. With this salary, many nursing students are able to pay off their educational debts within a reasonable amount of time, especially since nurses are currently in such high demand.

To help you find the best accredited nursing school in Arkansas, we have compiled below a list of the state’s top nursing programs and organized them from most to least expensive.

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Jefferson Regional Medical Center School of Nursing
Diploma in Nursing (24-month program): tuition and fees $9,845, books and supplies $1,751, room and board $0
School Program Length Tuition & fees
Jefferson Regional Medical Center School of Nursing Diploma in Nursing 24 months $9,845