Once I decided that I was going to move forward with this, I was ready to sublet. I sent an email to the apartment asking how to do this, and found that they do not allow subletting at all. Not only that, they wouldn’t allow me to try and find a replacement who would sign a new lease. Pretty lame, but per the contract they were under no obligation to acquiesce.
The option they gave me was giving them a 60 day notice and 2 months rent. So that’s 4 months rent, which equals out to about $5000. I don’t want to shell out that money, so this is a work in progress.