I have been accepted to Cornell for their 9-month M.Eng. program without aid. On the other hand, I've also been accepted to Clarkson university for a MS and also received a scholarship that covers 40% of my tuition plus a $12,000/yr RA position. I've also been accepted into Virginia Tech and U. Illinois Urbana-Campaign without aid and into CMU with the $12,500 award for the first year of my MS. I also applied to GA Tech, which I'm still waiting to hear back from (and judging by the time they're taking to get back to me, I highly doubt I'm getting any money from them).
If I choose to go to Cornell and graduate in 9 months, it's only $20,000 more than going to Clarkson for two years (according to calculations, but it's just an estimate).
I don't have a problem attending Clarkson. I did a summer research program up there, met some awesome profs. and loved the time I spent up there (although it was during the summer time so I wouldn't know what it was like during the winter, which I heard could be long and cold).
My father on the other hand, would like me to attend Cornell's 9-month M.Eng program without aid. He's even willing to pay for everything. But if I go to Clarkson, I'd have to take out a loan and pay for everything else (not covered) on my own.
So which should I choose? Clarkson? Cornell? Or anything else?