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Hey Guys....I need some advice. So I really like Duke, however my state school is playing the money game with me, and I don't know exactly what to do. Basically...with financial aid....Duke comes down to $150k (everything for all 4 years) vs. $90k for UMDNJ-RWJ. I come from a pretty middle class family...so the $60k seems like a lot.

I really like Duke compared with NJ (and I also feel like there are many more opportunities at Duke), but I'm afraid about taking out the extra loans. Would going to Duke really make a difference in the long run? Would spending an extra $60k really make my life a living hell later on? Anyone have experience with this? Any suggestions or comments? I really need some help with this one! Thanks!

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I think it really depends on a lot of things.

What do you think you may want to do? If you are certain that you want to go into Primary Care, then I honestly do not think it matters very much.

Where do you want to train/settle down?

How important is being close to home?

Where did you feel like you fit in?

Where do you think you could excel more?
I'd pick Duke in a heartbeat if cost weren't an issue.