Okay here's the backstory. I'm from Florida, my family has FL pre paid and I'm going to get full bright futures as well. I'm curious as to whether I should stick with the easy UF route in which I'll graduate debt free and actually with some profit, or try and shoot for somewhere like Georgetown or NYU but probably end in much debt. My parents are upper middle class so we won't be able to get any financial aid and my achievements aren't good enough for merit scholarships so I'm pretty much going to have to pay the full price. My parents also have 3 other children in college/grad school and have to pay for them (all in FL though) and they have made it clear that we would need to take loans or get a scholarship if we plan to go undergrad out of state. They really don't have the money to spend ~40k a year on an undergrad. Obviously I'm not going to waste an out of state tuition on anything lower than UF, but I have such a bland record with nothing too exceptional that I doubt I'll get into the ivies or top 20 (hence why GU and NYU are some prospects). Additionally, I'm already set on striving very hard to get to a top 5 law school (Columbia is my goal) and therefore will need to pay for a grad school, so that's another ~200k I'll need to spend. My stats are:
GPA UW: 3.89
GPA (school weighted): 4.3
GPA (UF recalculated): 4.3
ACT: 33 (35E, 35M, 29R, 33S, 10W)
Class Rigor: Took every honors class possible and also a good set of dual enrolleds.
APs: 10th - APWH (4). 11th - APUSH (5), AP Lang (5). 12th - AP Chem, AP Calc AB, AP lit, AP US Gov, AP Macro
Sat Subject Tests: None (big problem)
Service Hours: Only 110 (60 from a consignment shop, 40 from a week long children's football camp, 10 various little things)
-Varsity football 9th-12th (team captain 11th grade year) (lots of time everyday spent here, but I do not want to play in college)
-Varsity track and field 9th-12th (no distinctions)
-Member of NHS, NMHS (Math), NEHS (English), NSHS (Spanish)
-3 year member of FBLA
Any opinions on what choice I should make are greatly appreciated :)!
TL;DR - Either take cheap UF route or go in debt for a better but out of state school. Also will deffinetly attend a grad school after undergrad.