The fees are never ending
. I feel you on that.
I'm still in the process of applying for the general school because one of my teachers still haven't put the grades from this semester in the transcripts yet. I hope to catch up to you soon.
I did take the HESI. I took it in September so I won't have to take it around finals (which is around the time the application opens). I talked to the lady in the admissions office during the info session, and she says scores above 80 are competitive. So you shouldn't have anything to worry about!
I think you have an edge because you had experience that's as close to nursing as possible, that is being a shadow to a nurse. The admissions lady said they weren't expecting traditional transfers to have clinical experience, but just experience working in a care setting (like taking care of children). I don't have any professional (clinical) experience, but I volunteer.
I don't think you'd have anything to worry about.