Hi all! I was tempted to post this in the school-specific threads but I think this issue is more broad than that. If the mods feel that it's in the wrong place, I apologize!
Basically it boils down to this: I have been extremely lucky to receive two acceptances so far, one to Jefferson (~$53,000), and the other to the Medical College of Georgia (~$28,000). I am also waiting to hear from Emory and Einstein (both are comparable to Jefferson in terms of $).
I have lived in Georgia all my life and I'm dying to leave. I've always wanted to live in the northeast, in a big city. I don't want to live in Augusta at all. The idea depresses me. But on the other hand, it's just four years, and it is nice to be close to family.
At what point can I justify shelling out the extra money to go to a fancy private school? Is the prestige of Jefferson (or the others) great enough that it will give me a significant leg up when applying to residencies? Is the opportunity to live in a city worth the extra money? I will have some financial assistance from my family, but the bulk of COA will land on me.
If it matters, I have a strong suspicion that I will fall in love with dermatology. I can't say that I'm sure, but I definitely don't want to put myself at a disadvantage if that's the route I want to take.
And finally, my SO of 3 years wants to move with me. He will be able to find a job much more easily in a large city. I know I shouldn't base my decision on him, but it's a factor.
Edit: Update! I was HPWL'd at Einstein, which seems to be promising. So that's in the mix now too.