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Does the expense of your undergraduate college affect your ability to perform well in graduate school and your field?

Asked Newburg, Maryland

I'm trying to decide between public and private colleges, and I would like to know if the "really good" schools (and all of their costs and debt) are actually necessary to my success. I'm a good student, so I could get into most colleges, but I don't know if spending tens of thousands of dollars more to go to a certain school will be worth it. #money #debt

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Paul’s Answer

Updated New York, New York

This is a question that gets asked a lot and depending upon who you speak with will determine the answer to this question. Personally, I've read plenty of articles which state it is not worth going into large amounts of debt just so you can put a high profile name on your resume. On the other hand, some believe the network you will develop while at school is worth every penny.

In my opinion, taking on the extra debt is not worth it. You can get a quality and affordable education at a public university. Also, at the end of the day it's less about the name of the school on the resume and more about what you have done since graduating.

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