Thanks everyone, I think we are zeroing in on a decision based on what my D has said she wants out of the curriculum. I asked her to develop her personal philosophy and goals first, and then look at each school which seems to be guiding her well at this point.
As for the GI Bill, yeah, they have the yellow ribbon guaranteed at both schools which is what makes this possible. And the expense of the dorms is roughly the same at both. I’m tracking the gap too, so we are likely to have to grab a loan for the first 6 months or so. After it kicks in though, the BAH for SoCal is redonkulous so that is going to help quite a bit, perhaps even covering her final year.