And no, I don't mean going to school in the Alps.
I'm stuck between college decisions. I applied to a bunch of places, and have to make a matriculation choice before May 1. The problem comes down to school reputation vs. cost.
I would really like to go to Princeton. I've been accepted there, but they offer only ~$5000 worth of aid, leaving me with nearly $41000 worth of debt a year. Same with Duke. These schools sound amazing and I would love to go there, but my parents don't have that kind of money, so the honus to pay it falls on me.
I've also been accepted at UNC-Chapel Hill. Also a good school, ranked high as public schools go, but not on the level of Princeton or Harvard. They've offered me a full ride, for eigth semesters of undergrad. This sounds very appealing, because I'll graduate with 0 debt.
However, I wonder what it would be like to go to school at one of these Ivy elites. I've heard that this is where all the business relationships etc. are forged, you meet people that scratch your back the rest of your life.
I'm pretty self-absorbed (clearly, or I wouldn't post on this site). Thus, I'm afraid that I'll spend all four years of my undergraduate years telling people "Well, I got accepted at Princeton but.." and that's just going to make me (feel/look/be) an asshole.
Do you think the debt is worth incurring ? Is it feasible to expect that an Ivy league education can help pay that off?