I applied for the Houston campus, I fell in love with the school when I went to visit! I also live an hr away from my campus, but I dont care.. I want my BSN, and don't want to settle for my associates when the Houston market is very much pro BSN.
Chamberlain is very expensive, and I dont get ANY government financial aid because my dad makes too much money, and I am considered a dependent until age 24. SO I am going to apply for EVERY grant I can, save my money, and sell some stuff (LOL) to help pay for the cost. My last resort will be a private loan, which I will most likely to have to get, but It will definitely not be for 85k.
My advice to you if you end up choosing chamberlain, do every pre-req at your community college first and it will cut the cost by A BUNCH. Also, if there are any other BSN programs in your area, look into them. You may find, as I did, that the cost of other programs vs. Chamberlain is not too different. Chamberlain was actually cheaper than another program I looked into (a university) and not much more than a few others.
My aunt is a nure and she went to a private school that was more than Chamberlain. She had to get a private loan in the end, and she doesn't regret it. Of course it will be a bit of a pain, but you have to do what you have to do. My aunt also got help from her job to pay back her loans. Many hospitlas have tuition reimbersment programs!