I took a full ride at a private Jesuit college versus a one year scholarship at an equally well ranked state school thinking that the full ride was a sure thing. I did not qualify for the full ride scholarship after the first year due to grades. I didn’t think that could happen to me because I had always been an excellent student. Then I had to pay 2 years of private tuition by taking out loans, which I am still paying off 15 years later. If I had chosen the state school, the in-state tuition would be half of what I’ve had to pay. It’s hard to know what is the right choice. I encourage you to explore all of the “what iffs” in making your decision and to minimize your debt as much as possible. Don’t just assume everything will go well, also consider what will happen if things don’t go well, and make a well-informed decision.