How did you know that you wanted to attend a public/private school? Explain.
I only applied for public schools in-state and applied to private schools out of state. For me, it only made sense to go to a public school if it was in my home state because that would be the lowest tuition option. Once you go to an out of state public school, you're likely to pay a higher tuition than those who are from that state. Additionally, private schools are usually a bit more generous with scholarships and grants than public schools
I ended up choosing to go to a private school out of state. For me, going to college was to get out my comfort zone and to interact with people from all over the country/world. I felt like a majority of the students at my in-state public school were mostly from my home state.
Of course, I'm making a lot of generalizations about public schools and private schools, but those were some of the determining factors for me to go to an out of state private school. My advice would be to visit both public and private schools. In the end, it's about where you feel most comfortable and where you think you will succeed.
I attended a private college mostly because as I visited various schools I liked the small school atmosphere, the smaller class sizes and the ability to be known as a person versus just a number.
There are definitely numerous things to consider like in-state/out of state tuition at a state funded school versus private school tuition, which varies significantly. I would suggest trying to visit a few schools that you may be interested in attending that way you get a first-hand look at the school. Sometimes just showing up and touring will help you make a decision.
Also remember there are so many different scholarships and ways to fund college. Look at your options and if you like a school that is out of your price point, check out funding options.