I am an undergrad going into my sophomore year. I'm currently in ROTC and am considering OCS/Enlistment instead to raise my GPA, land some internships, study abroad, and to prepare for the LSAT. Eventually, I would like to use 100% of the GI Bill along with the Yellow Ribbon Program to pursue law at either NYU or Columbia. Since these are private schools and not public universities, the post-911 caps their funding at ~23k. They also only provide 20k in Yellow Ribbon benefits. That leaves me roughly around ~20k in debt for tuition at both schools. I'll also add that I am aware of JAG and the Army FLEP program, but I'd prefer to just do my Active Duty time in service and get on with my education. However, it looks like I'll be running a pretty significant deficit based upon the numbers I'm getting.
That said, are there any other options I could take with the military or with GI benefits to avoid going into debt at a private school? If anyone could help guide me in the right direction or find a pathway for me, it would be really appreciated. Otherwise, I suppose I'll just find a public university instead.