I think it's regular tuition (4 semesters worth), which I think when I added it up came out to about $42,000 or more, but that was purely my calculations. It could just be a flat cost, I have no idea. They had sent me an award letter for financial aid, and it was just the basic stafford loan, around $7k I wanna say, maybe less.
I think cost of living in Valparaiso is pretty decent though. You'd be about an hour train ride from Chicago too which is awesome.
It's ultimately your decision, can you picture yourself starting nursing school in a month? Are you excited about the idea of it? Do you mind going far from San Jose? Valparaiso has a really easy application process compared to other schools, I'm sure you noticed, other schools probably aren't going to be the simple. And applying to them while you are still in school can be a real pain. That's something I would urge you to consider, as someone who has gone through that whole process.
I'm pretty sure Valparaiso is one of the only, if not THE only school that offers an accelerated BSN program for students without a previous bachelor's degree, which I think is great. I'm sure it will be pretty tight nit. But also know that Valparaiso is more on the conservative side, being a small, private, lutheran university in a not-so-big town.
All things to consider, make a pros and cons list of your options (Valparaiso or delaying nursing school a year), that's what I did.