I'll add in here that my VCP expired (long story about starting a job with no real talk of doing VMware only talk about AWS, then oh hey, can you take over this VMware stuff...)
As I checked into re-certifying and saw the cost of the required classes I've decided to bail. My company won't pay up for it at this point, and I'm not fronting this cost. I get, and really appreciate, the idea that VMware wants the certification to have real meaning, but the $2500 minimum (unless I'm missing other options) entry is pretty brutal. Maybe if the cost of the exam was included it would help, but still not enticing enough for me to go back down this path.
I am about done with the Stanley CC college course, I was only on the waitlist for a week. It costs $180 and then you get discounted vouchers at the end of the class. The Install, Configure, Manage course fulfills VMware's requirements.