Hiya. If you are going to live in DC Proper, there are several options to consider. There is the Univeristy of DC(http://www.udc.edu
) inside of DC. There are NOVA (Northern Virginia Community College http://www.nvcc.edu
) and PGCC (Prince George's Community College http://www.pgcc.edu
) and Montgomery Community College (http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/
). There is also the University of Maryland College Park (http://www.umd.edu
) but it only has the 4 year BSN I believe.
All of these are accessible via Metro (http://www.wmata.com
) in a combination of subway and bus. If you are driving nothing is more than 30-40 minutes depending on traffic.
I am in the ADN program at PGCC and love it. It all is just a matter of location and demographics. They are all similar in quality. NOVA is in northern VA in Annandale and Alexandria and is mostly Caucasian/Hispanic. PGCC is in MD in Largo and Laurel and is mostly African-American. Montgomery is in MD also in Takoma Park/Silver Spring and is mostly Caucasian/Hispanic.
I would recommend PGCC as Maryland only requries you to live in the state 3 months for residency. VA requires 1 year. Also, Maryland goes by county so if you live in Montgomery County, it will be more expensive to go to PGCC. Once you are in the actual nursing program PGCC will set you to in-county tuition no matter where you live in MD.
As far as cost of living goes, MD is way cheaper than VA or DC. I started in DC but moved to MD to save money. (1200/month in DC was a Studio Apt, but in MD gets me a 2 bedroom).
If you have any questions, shoot em my way. Either here or at stanleyrw (at) gmail (dot) com.