I agree. It doesn’t get easier when you’re fortunate enough to be holding another program’s acceptance for a fraction of Duke’s price.
I wonder what the record is for the LEAST amount an incoming ABSN student had to pay themselves (after any need-based aid and/or scholarships were factored in)?
As much as I would pick Duke first among all the programs I applied for, cost is a big concern of mine (still with loans looming from my Masters at a pricey Ivy). Thus, this state school acceptance of mine for around ~10K (that will essentially give me the same degree/the same ultimate job) is shaping up too hard to pass up.