I am currently trying to decide between attending a state school and a private school. Both schools are considered equal academically, however rumor has it that people at the private school are generally happier than people at the state school because of better lectures during years 1 and 2, and because of better support for the students. The problem is that the private school costs close to $14,000 more per year than the state school. I can't decide how much weight I should give to this financial difference. I'd like to know what others think about big ticket educations. Do people ever get out from under big education debts like this?