Many associates programs no longer do lottery admissions, like Cuesta, Antelope Valley College, or College of the Desert. San Marcos State offers an accelerated BSN through their extended education program. It would take longer to get your RN license before your NP, but it would be cheaper than paying $175,000.
If you get your NP license, the Nurse Corps program may help pay for it if you promise to work in an underserved area. So that could also decrease your student loans.
The United States Military has programs to help pay for your ASN or BSN in exchange for years of service as an officer.
$175,000 seems high.