Is It Worth It?
I applied to Cornell Engineering RD. I also applied to several other schools, although Cornell is one of my top choices. However, along with many others, I definitely cannot afford the 40k/year tuition. We probably won't qualify for federal aid because of a unique living situation/family issues, etc. We can probably afford about 20k/year. My question is, is going 20k*4 (80k) in debt, worth the degree from Cornell? I absolutely love Cornell (atmosphere, academics, everything) and would be ecstatic if accepted. However I could go to UVA and graduate with no debt because I'm in state. (I can't stand the UVA atmosphere, it's not me... but $talks..) Would a Cornell engineering degree pay itself off? Or should I stick around home and kiss Cornell goodbye?