Is Duke worth the debt?
I am a rising junior at Duke doing a double major in engineering and I have a 3.7 and a decent engineering/finance resume from what I can gauge relative to my peers. The problem is that my financial situation has changed at home and the school is unwilling to work with us. So now, my parents can't foot the bill for the last 2 years so I'd be looking at about 180k+ in loans by the time I graduate. This is firm, Duke will do absolutely nothing to help us. I was accepted to UT Austin and UF. I can attend loan-free pretty much and continue both of my engineering programs on time at either. I just don't see the value in taking these loans. I can't say that the education I'm receiving or opportunities opened up appear that much different from what my cream of the crop buddies at UT have. So, am I making a big mistake if I leave? I am not 100% sure what I want to do, I took a banking internship because that's all I got for the summer, but I'd be much more interested in quant roles or PE long term. Also wouldn't mind working in an engineering industry for a while, then getting an MBA and entering consulting at that level and taking it from there.