Paying for College

Pricey Prestigious College vs. Great Merit Money?

Question: I'm sure this question is asked again and again, but I think it's very common. I scored super high on the SAT and have a strong GPA. I have been award substantial scholarship money to so-so colleges, and some scholarship money to some big-name universities.

If a college isn't in, say, the top 30 or so, does it make a big difference which one I go to? For example, if I choose a decently-ranked Regional College over a 40ish ranked National University in order to save tens of thousands, would that be a wise choice? Assuming, of course, all else was equal as far as my liking the college and feeling that I would fit in.

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