I am enrolled in the program right now, I have added up the costs from start to finish for me, and since I do not have most of the required pre-req's done it will be about $6,500 to finish the entire program, but that is including the $895 enrollment fee, CPNE, all nursing and pre-req exams, I also factored in $65 for each practice examination and I allotted about $300 for books and study guides.
I am cutting a few corners to save money by doing some CLEP exams, those are $77 a peice, I have already done my 6 credits humanities core that way and plan to also do Sociology and Human Growth and Development CLEP.
All the books that are required I have purchased so far on Amazon
.com and ebay for a fraction of the price new--I don't think I have even spent $100 yet and I have bought all the required nursing texts, but I have not yet purchased the A&P and Micro materials and CPNE study guides and kit.
I definately think $250 for a 3 credit course is awesome, considering it's half of what I would pay at the local community college and I can do it all on my own time. So far I am very happy w/Excelsior.
Good luck! I am hoping to be an RN by the end of this year :-)