I have received most of my responses from law schools so far (waiting on 2 more). While I'm ecstatic about my acceptances, I am having a hard time making a decision. I want to attend a school where I have the option of taking out no loans (and don't have to live at home). But at the same time, I keep hearing that I should attend the best school I get into. Based off of those two desires, these are my options:
1. Attend Hofstra, St. John's, or SUNY Buffalo on a great scholarship, live away from home, and have $0 in loans.
2. Attend American (at sticker, meaning close to $108k in loans), University of Georgia (still waiting on my financial aid package, but I am not a state resident so at sticker I would have $59k in loans), or, provided I get in, Indiana Bloomington ($46,500k), or Wisconsin ($76k). Living at home is also not an option for any of these schools.
I also have scholarships to Rutgers-Camden and Penn State (also would not be able to commute), but I would still have to take out $25-30k in loans.
I want to go to a great school, but the prospect of not having any loans out is extremely tempting. Is it more important to go to a higher ranked school, or am I better off avoiding any debt?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!