I will definitely visit both schools and examine my fin aid package at Harvard first, but any advice or suggestions would be appreciated.
I'm not remotely interested in academia. I'm planning on entering Big Law initially and then hopefully transfering to a more lifestyle friendly firm if/when I have a family. Going to a tremendous law school debt-free and keeping all my money sounds great to me.
On the other hand, Harvard is Harvard. As a first-gen college student, its a total dream come true to go to Harvard. I'm also a little afraid that as a median student at Columbia, my job options wouldn't be as great than if I were a middle of the road student at Harvard. Is the money worth the prestige drop? Or will a Harvard J.D. just be worth its price tag?
BTW, I realize I'm absolutely blessed to be in this situation, and its pretty much a win-win situation. But I still can't sleep.