I'm not goint to knock anyone for paying too much for school. The way I see it...they make it almost impossible to get into these nursing programs
; so when you finally do get into one you are willing to pay.
I attend Olympia College in Merrillville Indiana. The tuition (including books, uniforms, etc.) is around the same price but they accept financial aid. Most colleges like Olympia and Ivy Tech are private colleges (not community colleges) so you are going to pay a heck of a lot more. It's just a matter of where people are in their lives. Some people have time to wait to be accepted into the over crowded community colleges that have waiting lists a mile long. I am not getting any younger and decided that I would rather pay the higher price, use my financial aid and student loans, and get my LPN, than wait to be accepted into the program in 2008.
Think about it, doctors, lawyers, etc. all had to pay some out of pocket cost in order to achieve their educational goals. It's not goint to come easy.
No matter what happens keep your head up and move forward. Don't let any of these schools discourage you from your dream. You are going to run into some real jerks. Sorry for such a lengthy message.