I may go this route. I have some great schools in my state and the out-of-state tuition for many grad school programs would put me under.Religious exemption.
They might ask for some details (though legally you're not required to provide any), make something generic up and keep it general and inoffensive as possible). With COVID in the rear view and universities wanting everyone back on campus, I can't see them denying.
Of several people I know attending different universities, none had their religious exemption requests denied.