So, my tuition is roughly $29,000 (part-time program), and cost of living about $15,000. I figure in addition to that 44K I will need about 10K more for miscellaneous expenses including food, books, and leisure. So, assuming I get approved for the full amount in Stafford loans ($18,500), it looks like I am going to need roughly, 35K in private loans. Does this seem like an absurd amount? Is this what people out there are doing? Is there a huge difference if I take out 35K vs. 36K a year?
Am I getting myself into a world of hurt?