everton125 wrote:1) I would not be 215K in debt upon graduation from Columbia -- the number will most definitely be less, and likely around 170K. Obviously, 170K is a fairly large amount of debt, but my understanding is that is should be manageable, particularly as I would have some familial assistance if need be and will be inheriting some assets in the coming years. Additionally, my goal would be not to work in NYC BigLaw, so there is the possibility that I would be able to pay down the loans quicker than if I was living in NYC, where cost of living is so astronomical.
Any savings/family money you can apply to Columbia will go to debt at other schools, so forget that as a justification for any particular school. Also, if you aren't cool with NYC biglaw you'd be insane to choose any of these options. The only reason any of the three have such strong placement is because of their ability to place into NYC.