In the United States, a widely available option for free or low-cost nursing education is to apply for grants and tuition wavers to attend community college programs. Some nursing and nursing assistant programs are also offered through the federal Job Corps program and through local adult education centers.
Many community colleges offer LVN/LPN and RN programs, and fee waivers and grants often make attendance free of charge for low-income students. A good place to start research is the website of the Board of Registered Nursing in the state of residence. This contains a list all of the accredited programs in the state, including community college programs. The next step is to contact the financial aid office of a particular school to learn about assistance for which you are eligible. You must fill out the FAFSA, which is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Financial aid counselors are able to provide more information about deadlines and what information to submit.
Job Corps is a federal program that also offers free nursing assistant, or CNA, training, as well as LVN/LPN training for students between ages 16 and 24. Another resource to explore is local adult education centers, which sometimes offer free or low-cost training programs for nursing assistants and home health aides.