OK, my son is down to the wire, and all admissions and financial aid is in. Here are the choices.
1) Interested in: Engineering/Science (NanoTech) with possible grad or MD after.
2) National Merit Scholar.
3) We (like many others) are very constrained on cash. We can do about $10-12K/year cash without falling apart. Otherwise, it's off to loan-land.
The choices and costs (after all grants and scholarships are factored in. We are not including loans and work/study):
1) USC: Cost: $36K/year.
2) Texas A&M: Cost: $18K/year
3) UPitt: Cost: $10K/year
We are drawn to Pitt because of low cost and decent biomed/science, but USC and Texas A&M have the bigger reputations. Of course, USC has the nice weather. We have friends/relatives in PA.