The doubled tuition is still less than what it would be if you went to a US school, just FYI, and the rotations are expensive anywhere you go... not just due to HMI. Also, the Polish rotations offer cheaper alternatives if you're willing to stay. I also heard that the school dean went to california this summer to get CA rotations. Not sure at what stage those are in (or if they fell through), but the dean coming to chat has to be a good sign ^_^.
I agree, the program has major flaws. Some due to the school, some due to the students (and if you attend, you KNOW that's true). HMI is an agent. It's their job to take your money, so why everyone is surprised and offended each time is kinda silly. It's like using valet parking and then getting mad that the guy wants you to pay him.