If the school is accredited, you pass your classes and sit for the NCLEX and pass..all that matters is that license. Your license doesn't have the school you attended..and you are as much a nurse as someone who went to a lesser known school or a top 10 school.
I'd rather a nurse treat me who's graduated with great grades, clinicals etc than an Ivy-leager who scrapped by, by the skin of their teeth.
To me the school doesn't matter..the nurse and his/her skills, education etc is more important.
In answer to your ?, I'd go with the school with the better NCLEX result rates rather than the cost (and of course I'd attend the school that accepts me
). I'd rather go to a school that X amount of 1st time test takers pass than another school where not many do.