So I received both the Stamps Scholarship to University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) and admission to Harvard.
The U of I scholarship covers everything, including books, housing, etc., as well as a $12,000 stipend for research study/abroad. U of I is much closer, which would make my parents happier, and I am thinking of eventually going to med school so I need all the money I can get.
On the other hand, Harvard seems like such an amazing school to be at. They gave me a very affordable financial aid package, even if it doesn't compete with a full ride. Besides the stellar academics, the opportunities and people at Harvard seem much more diverse, and I think I like the campus and atmosphere there a little better than at U of I.
My brain is telling me it would be stupid to pass up a full ride, but my heart tells me that an opportunity like Harvard is once in a lifetime. Help?!?