I think my side saddle partner has it right on this one, options A and C sound best. I cannot weigh in on the law school tuition being cut, since I (thankfully) hung up my examining eye shade and accompanying bottle of pepto-bismol several years ago, but I would not doubt it if they cut the program a bit, since we were situated with similar circumstances (impending recession, lots of applicants for examiner positions, budgetary problems) about seven years ago, and they did eliminate it for a while, and history has a way of repeating itself. Last time they suspended the program, it left people who had started out going to expensive schools thinking they were going to get a free ride all of the sudden left in the lurch and having to take out loans. Not that it was a big deal in the long run, since they are now making the long lettuce in law firms as patent lawyers, but you should think about this it if that is one of the things that attracted to to work at the PTO. If you already work there, you might as a POPA rep what they think.
Best of luck whatever way you go. If you have any questions, TS and I are hear to answer them for you.