There are also scholarships that you can get if you are a prudent person. I hate that people complain about the cost. Lets do a quick comparison-
Average yearly RN salary in Ca- $50,000; length of time to get in and complete WCU 3.5 years- total employment wages lost- $175,000
Average length of time to complete a CC pre-req: 2.5 years: wages lost: $125,000
Length of time to get accepted into CC nursing program: -0.5-2 years: wages lost $25,000-100,000
Total cost of WCU $140,000
Total cost of CC- $5-10,000 (guessing)
Total wages lost attending WCU- $175,000
Total wages lost attending CC- $150,000-$225,000
Total WCU expense:$210,000
Total CC expense: $$155,000-$235,000
Yes it is more expensive, but in the long run it breaks even (or close to), and in one scenario you walk out with a BSN in the other you have an ADN.
Posting from my phone, ease forgive my fat thumbs!