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Wondering how in the WORLD you’re going to pay for grad school? You’re certainly not alone. While everyone’s financial situation is different, it’s no secret that taking on this expense (while well worth it) is a major feat. 

Fear not, future CRNA! Early preparation and knowledge are key to navigating your finances during this time, and we’ve got you covered! 

For today’s episode, we are joined by Financial Consultant Natalie Kratzer to answer your most burning financial questions as you prepare for CRNA school, including:

  • How to approach paying for school AND living expenses while you’re enrolled 

  • Which loans require a co-signer (and which ones do not)

  • How to find the best loans and interest rates for your unique circumstances 

  • The ins and outs of placing your existing loans in forbearance during school 

  • The truths about borrowing against your RN 401k or your 403b 

  • The best resources to find information about scholarships, grants, and qualifying for financial aid 

  • Contributing to an emergency fund and future retirement during CRNA school 

So, take a deep breath with us, hit play, and let’s plan your future! 

Happy financing! 


Concepts presented are intended for educational purposes. This information should not be considered investment advice or a recommendation of any particular security, strategy, or product.

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Natalie A. Kratzer, CLTC, CLF, FIC

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