After narrowing it down to GW and Alabama, I have within the past month made the choice to attend GW over Alabama with instate tuition. I don't know but only recently has the sticker shock set in. As far as location goes, I know DC will be a lot better for me than Tuscaloosa. I also like the career placement stats on GW better. However, I still have lingering questions about whether the extra $100k in debt will be worth it.
. . . and yes, I know that second guessing myself now is not healthy.