Thank you so much for very detailed post! I also was accepted to both Hopkins and UCLA in 2016 and it ended up being cheaper for me to go to Hopkins as well. Unfortunately, I didn't end up going to either and repeated the application process for the upcoming 2020 class. So far, I have been accepted to both Yale and Columbia, two exceptional but very expensive schools (haven't gotten my financial aid packages yet). I am still waiting to hear back from Penn, Hopkins and yes, UCLA. I don't know about Penn, but Hopkins gives out a ton of money, UCLA? Not so much.
I definitely have some decisions to make and can't deny that the financial prospects will not heavily influence my choice. I understand that the school name may help get you the interview, but at what point does it truly matter? And to clarify, I am applying for a Master's program (Yale and Penn would be a Masters/NP program) and do plan to pursue a DNP or CRNA program after a few years. Would a great school (like UCLA) have less persuasive powers than an Ivy League name? I am genuinely curious to your perspective, and anyone's else that has one! I honestly would love to hear it.