Been there- without the M.A. However, the CC for pre req's is a good start. JHU is awesome, but I absolutely could not do 60k in debt either. There was no Fed Aid grants for us second degree students, and merit scholarships
were based on ALL previous coursework GPA. Unless you had a 3.8-4.0 in previous degrees-don't expect any scholarship
money from them. U of MD has a cost effective program, but quite difficult to get into. Check out their pre requistes coursework on the web site. They base their admissions and scholarship (not much vavailable, but also 8k a year for in state) pre req GPA only instead of previous degrees. Do not rule out your local CC RN program. Most of the CC programs actually have higher NCLEX first time pass rates than their University counterparts. Plus, the costs are significantly lower. Not much status, so if you get stuck on the status associated with JHU, well...
I recently had an opportunity to sit down with the admissions coordinator at JHU. Very lovely woman. After discussing everything with her, and looking desperately for any way I could afford too do this route (I want to use this degree to do non profit/missions/aid work...no money for repaying loans in that) I decided to go the local CC route for my RN, move on thru an RN to BSN either at U of MD or with JHU while working at JHH. The hospital will reimburse up to 15k a year while you work for them if you attend JHU-SON. I can also take my RN, and move anywhere around the country and still pursue that RN to BSN, no problem and likely the hospital I work in will pick that up. Besides, I just really like the staff and students at my CC.
There are multiple factors to fiugure into the picture. I had to work around child care, avoiding student loan debt, husbands career plans, and my future goals. Take your time in sorting all this out.
Feel free to PM me if you want to ask any questions. I may have been there already!