I'm having the same dilemma. Then you throw the Pima opportunity into the mix and it really gets complicated.
This is heresay, so take it for what it's worth. I had a classmate in a biology class at CNM who said that some of the clinical nursing students from Apollo had to be put through a 6-week remedial training program because they lacked the basics.
My experience with them so far (just been through the orientation and initial tests, etc.) has not been great. They are disorganized. Appointments are often not kept on time and sometimes they are not kept at all. In fact I was just there today and there was a student who seemed to have an appointment with the financial aid dept. She needed her check to make a rent payment. The appointment was apparently blown off and she was up the creek for the weekend. They were all apologies, but it was not resolved as of the time I left. There were financial aid folks in the building when she arrived and they left before 5.
Also, consider that there are 30 students per class at Apollo and 16 at Pima (I know you didn't mention Pima, but it might be worth considering - They have a great reputation in Mesa, AZ.
As to the money. They say there is a ton of scholarship
money out there, and the hospitals are recruiting from within the classrooms and offering sign-on bonuses before graduation!
Just my take. Stay in touch and let me know what you all decide.