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Nursing in Colorado

Colorado, the Centennial State, is home to the southernmost of the Rocky Mountain ranges. The most outstanding geographic feature in Colorado is the Rocky Mountains. There are over 50 mountains in Colorado that exceed 14,000 feet in height. Many of the mountains stay snow-covered year round. Denver is the capital and largest city. The state ranks 8th in the US in terms of area and only 22nd in terms of population with just over 5 million people. Colorado is called the Centennial State because it was admitted to the union as the country celebrated its 100th birthday in 1876.

Colorado Nursing Jobs Outlook
The Colorado Nurses Association estimates that the Denver nursing shortage is twice that of the national average and that through this decade the problem will only increase. By 2020 30% of all Denver nursing positions will be vacant.

Colorado-based Aid to Education
The best way to get financial aid for nursing programs in Colorado is through the school. However, the state does have some programs such as the Colorado Need-based Award, Colorado Work-Study, Dependent Tuition Assistance Program and Colorado National Guard Tuition Assistance Program. Not all programs are available at every institution so it is best to contact the school first. Also, most state-based aid requires that Colorado residency requirements be met.

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