DS can't get past the feeling of missing out no matter which choice he makes. He is a recruited football player with high academic stats 4.0 gpa 4.56wgpa 35 ACT National Merit . Up until recently he had been pretty intent on attending an Ivy league school but now he is also getting interest from some FBS schools as well. More specifically the possibility of being offered a preferred walk on at UF has been presented as well as a possible likely letter at an Ivy. So here is where he feels he may be missing out no matter his decision. If he goes to UF honors he will be able to play at the highest level of football with 85,000 fans each week as well as the benefits of high academics on a full ride academic scholarship. If he goes the Ivy route it will still be a high level for football but may be missing out on a much higher academic college full of peers with unbelievable alumni connections. He has visited both and always been drawn to the Ivy atmosphere academically and would ideally prefer to leave the state for college. Finally is the financial considerations in his choice. He has a FL prepaid fund which after running the NPC would essentially pay for his COA at the Ivy graduating with zero debt. At UF he would have the FL prepaid, bright futures and Benacquisto scholarship which means not only would he graduate with zero debt but likely somewhere between $60-70K in the bank. He will be majoring in CS and will not be going for a master's after his bachelor's degree so no worries about paying for grad school.
He understands the differences in what would be expected at the different schools as far as football demands and would have more resources and flexibility available at the Ivy as far as tutors and scheduling of classes but then UF has vastly superior athletic facilities which is a big draw for kids. Lastly would be the AP credits that could be used at UF as opposed to the Ivy school. He "could" enter UF with between 45- 60 credits and the Benacquisto only requires 12 credit hours per semester which would help alleviate the football time demand coupled with a CS major. So in conclusion he feels he either will be sacrificing playing football at the highest level(with $ in the bank) to go to a dream school or sacrificing attending a dream school (debt free)and much higher CS program to play football at the FBS level.