The cost of nursing school varies widely based on the type of program and institution, ranging from as low as $5,000 to as high as $200,000, as of 2015. In addition, nurses must complete a licensure exam, costing approximately $200, and pay state license fees, ranging from $75 to $200.
A licensed practical nurse program ranges from $5,000 to $25,000 for tuition, fees and books at a public school and $20,000 to $40,000 at a private institution. An associate degree in nursing ranges from $6,000 to $40,000 at a public school and $30,000 to $100,000 at a private institution. Students seeking bachelor of science degrees pay from $40,000 to $200,000, depending on the institution.