Is Columbia/other targets worth dropping a Ferrari on?
I just graduated HS in a small country in West Africa and I'm currently taking a gap year Bc of corona and other logistical issues. IB is really intriguing and I'm interested in pursuing a career in it.
So I'll be applying to top US schools in America and probably Columbia ED. The thing is, I'm not going to be able to get any aid with COVID plunging many universities budgets into the abyss. If I did apply for it I'd probably just get straight up rejected from everywhere(this happened to everyone at my school at last year).
I'm a competitive applicant; I've got the stats and all to get in. But I'm just worried about how I'm gonna pay for the insane tuition bill. My parents and family can afford it but I want to pay them back eventually. So essentially it's IB or bust if I go to a top US school lmao. The way I see it the only reason why I would even consider this is bc of the networking/recruiting opportunities a school like Columbia can give me.
What are your thoughts on this? Should I drop 300k on a Columbia education?