New to the site, and in a rather unusual situation, so I’m not sure if this is the right subforum.
I’m an American national, desired profession is physics researcher. Goal at the moment is to learn an enormous of amount of math and physics, don’t care for the other subjects. My intended major is math/physics double. Very sure about my plans.
I’ve been accepted to several universities. Here they are listed by my preference, with their associated costs after financial aid has been accounted for:
Trinity College, University of Cambridge (UK) - $48,000 (get a Masters after 4 years)
UC Berkeley - $60,000
Carnegie Mellon - $40,000
Brown - $40,000
UCLA - $56,000
NYU - $70,000
Stonybrook - $10,000
Georgiatech - $25,000
First let me say that my parents were astounded at the financial aid we received - in almost all cases it was < $10,000. Berkeley gave me $0, because I’m not from California. This is despite our financial situation - we are middle class, and both parents have been essentially unemployed for the past 6 years. No income now, although my parents do have a fair amount of money in savings from their long careers. So we are income poor but asset rich.
Anyways, I immediately eliminated the schools which I don’t care about or which are too expensive for what they’re worth (you have to be mentally ill to pay $70,000 to go to NYU!). I narrowed it down to Cambridge, CMU, and Stonybrook. Then I realized Cambridge would actually be cheaper than CMU, because you get a Masters after 4 years at Cambridge, compared to the 5 it normally takes in the US. So it was then between Cambridge and Stonybrook (seems like a joke right?).
Then about 1 month ago the option of studying in France
So now I’m trying to figure out where I should go, given that I am looking for: a school which will not put me in massive debt for no good reason, will allow me to study math/physics intensely and exclusively, and won’t leave me with regrets
EDIT: posted answer before I was done editing. Still editing at the moment…