Thats a tough one. I think there is enough "free money" out there from Pell Grants and scholarships
that could cover a large portion of academic costs. I would borrow the rest from the govt. low interest loans, don't have to start paying until 6 months after you drop below full time. New grads are making pretty good money. If your disciplined enough you could pay back the loans fairly quickly. Also many hospitals will offer you some sort of tuition reimbursement programs if you agree to work for them for a certain period of time, usually 1,2, or three years. Others offer a "retention" bonus every six months depending on how much you work. I think my last one was about $450.00. Also, most hospitals offer a few thousand dollars sign on bonus. I recieved $3,000 for a one year commitment. I wish I had taken more advantage of all the "free money" offered for scholarships. Many of them are based on need, others grades, others require a short but intelligent essay. My point is there are many ways to pay for tuition. I think you should pick the place where you REALLY want to go, in your heart. You will have alot of fun and fond memories after you graduate from nursing school
. As for the program, it doesn't matter as long as you learn, pass the NCLEX and can put the title RN after your name. I always advise people to get their AA degree simply because it's usually the fastest way to become an RN. Then you can decide on where you want to go for your BSN, Masters, or PhD. Lastly, I wish there was a spellcheck on this forum.