The demand for skilled pharmacy workers continues to rise in today’s current job market. Many areas of the country are experiencing shortages of workers in this industry, and the time to go to school for pharmacy technician courses is now. Attending a post-graduate school can be costly. As a result, many students need financial aid to pay for their courses, books, and other materials for their studies.
In fact, applying for financial aid usually begins before the person begins his or her pharmacy technician courses. The soon-to-be student should fill out a financial aid form that can be obtained from his or her preferred school’s financial aid department. The form will ask questions about how much money the student earns or how much money the student’s parents earn, if the student is under the age of 22 and deemed to be dependent on the parents’ income. The form will also ask about any assets the student or parents own, such as bank accounts, retirement accounts, or real estate.
After the person fills out the form, it may take several weeks to find out for what aide the person is eligible. If a person is married, has children, or over the age of 22, he or she often will be eligible for student loans and Pell grants. Loans must be paid back after students graduate, while Pell grants do not need to be repaid. Some students are also eligible for work study, which awards them on-campus employment and at least minimum wage. All of these forms of aide can be used to pay for tuition, books, and other materials that will be needed to complete a pharmacy technician’s degree.
Indeed, the tuition will most often be the largest expense that a student must meet. Many schools charge by the credit hour, with most courses being 3 credit hours apiece. Moreover, many schools require that students take at least two or three courses per semester. As such, people may pay several hundreds or even thousands of dollars in tuition each semester. However, financial aid helps offset this expense, with many students having all of their tuition paid by loans, grants, and work study.
Along with tuition, pharmacy technician students must also pay for materials, like books, notebooks, pens, and laboratory materials such as protective gloves or eye goggles. These materials may add on a couple hundred dollars, at minimum, each school semester.