Leaving dollars aside, there is a bit of a geographic difference there. NE Ohio and Lawrence, KS are pretty different. Also, as you maybe know, Kansas is a big fish in a small pond, where Akron is just your average fish in a bigger pond.
Yeah, money for school is important, but I still maintain quality of life is an important consideration. Plus that 10% thing is pretty damn onerous. I mean it's nice, but I am not a gamblin' man, personally. You have to plan on losing it, I think just to cover yourself, so making sure that you get in-state is important too.
Akron didn't offer me a dime, so I'm not even bothering. I don't like the idea of living in the rust belt for the next 40 years.