I am currently trying to decide between attending Purdue University or University of Rhode Island for CS this upcoming fall. URI gave me $16.5k in grant aid which brought my COA down to $27k, while Purdue gave me absolutely no financial aid and remains at $46k. I am likely going to have to pay for college majorly on my own. I am wondering if anyone has any advice on which school I should attend. I love both campuses but I know that Purdue has much more opportunities and job outlook. Purdue’s price is the only issue.
What I already know:
Acceptance Rate: Purdue is way more competitive than URI for CS.
Price: $46k (Purdue) vs. 27k (URI).
Purdue has their ISA program… but it is still technically a loan.
URI has a digital forensics minor (I’m definitely interested).
Purdue has a more established department.
URI has an internship as a graduation requirement
Purdue has corporate partnerships with big-name companies out west.
I am stuck. Any advice would be greatly appreciated