Having the money to go to prestigious out of state schools

<p>How are you guys doing it? Here in crappy Arizona we have some of the lowest ranked schools, and I wish I could get out of here. I have pretty good stats that are on a definite upward trend but going out of state is just so darn expensive. I want to go into medicine and get into a great med school but my question is, how are you guys doing it that are going to Harvard, Yale etc. or any other prestigious school? I know about financial aid but does that really cut it and keep you from going into debt?</p>

<p>What do you want to do? ASU is top 30 for a lot of STEM majors. All top schools have really good merit aid these days, if your family is lower income like mine, you can get a near-free ride at any of the HYPS-caliber schools.</p>

<p>For a lot the answer is financial aid. Most, if not all, of the Ivys give out a substantial amount of financial aid to those who require it. Unfortunately, I am wealthy enough that I don't get FA but paying for full college tuition is quite a big dent in my family's bank account. I guess the answer to that is take out loans, go to a good school, and major in something that will have good job prospects so I can pay off the loans later.</p>

<p>Merit aid. Research which schools have them. (Ex. Pitt = up to full tuition or full scholarship)</p>

<p>If you're looking for good merit aid schools, definitely check out the thread in the parents forum about good merit aid schools.</p>

<p>Honestly, I'm premed as well and what I've heard is that undergrad makes very little difference for med school. It may be better for you to choose a school that you like. As long as it has a decent science program and research opportunities it makes more sense to attend the cheaper state option as opposed to the OOS private just because you'll want to save money for med school too.</p>

<p>Concerning undergraduate programs, Premed is one of those majors that don't really require an expensive private university. I've always heard it's more about what you do during Premed outside of your classes that will affect your graduate school chances. From that, it's definitely wiser to carefully choose really economical options for Premed so you can save for med school.</p>

<p>I hate how expensive university is now, though. I too am one of those students who is too well off for financial aid, but not wealthy enough to not feel a loss of $60,000 a year in my parents income.</p>

<p>Same here in terms of financial aid. I got into Cornell engineering but my parents can't afford to pay 60000 a year so I have to transfer to the state portion
of Cornell which costs
substantially less. But not attending a big name undergrad school isn't nearly the end of the world. Grad school is much more important and also a lot less expensive. If you perform extremely well at a decent premed program then you can get into John hopkins or Harvard or any other top unicersity</p>