If you are serious about wanting to become a phlebotomist and entering the exciting world of healthcare professionals, you will be able to find a way to pay for your training. Fortunately, there are many options available to you.
As you begin looking at your financing options, it is a good idea to remember that nearly all public universities, colleges, and community colleges are less expensive than their private counterparts. Naturally, you will want to compare tuition costs at different institutions before you actually enroll in a phlebotomy job training program.
Locating a training program close to where you live will save you the expenses associated with relocation or a long commute. You may be able to complete a portion of your training with an online program, but remember that all phlebotomists must complete hands-on, clinical instruction working with real patients in order to become certified.
If you need to secure financial aid, the first step is to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you are under 23 years of age and living with your parents, you will need to submit your parents' financial information and tax returns. The best time to submit the FAFSA is in January. Financial aid money is limited and is usually allotted on a first-come, first-served basis, so the earlier you apply, the better. Usually the school you are applying to will have information and suggestions for securing financial aid.
The FAFSA is also the first step in determining if you are eligible for a Pell Grant, a federal award for tuition that is based on need as opposed to test scores or grades. Grants are a preferred form of financial aid because they are not loans that have to be repaid.
Many phlebotomy training programs offer payment plans or their admissions personnel can direct you to sources for student loans or other options to help you pay for the training you need.
Some cities, states, medical centers, or blood donor organizations need phlebotomists so badly that they offer free training. Be sure to research opportunities in your area for free training programs that may help you launch your phlebotomy career.