Attending UCSD and getting a degree in CS. Cost is around 120k. I would probably end up with like 15k loans, parents would graciously take care of rest.
Attending University of Idaho, Oklahoma State, University of Alabama, ASU, on a full ride. No cost of living. No tuition. Some have a small book stipend, some do not. But that's rather irrelevant.
I've been trying to figure out the actual monetary benefit of UCSD in terms of employment. So I'm going to lay out a few scenarios.
A) I get a degree in CS from UCSD, return to California, and attempt to get hired with a BS only...
B) I get a degree from a full ride institution, go somewhere good/great for grad school, attempt to get hired.
C) I get a degree in CS from Northeastern, return to California, and attempt to get hired with BS only (40k savings)
D) I get a degree from a full ride institution and attempt to get hired undergrad...
E) I want to do grad, but only after getting hired with a BA out of UCSD
I've been attempting to assess, in a purely monetary basis, whether there would be return on the UCSD degree over the others. It's hard to tell. I've heard conflicting things about MS in CS. (some say it's hard to get hired because of overqualification...)
What would you guys do? If you have experience in tech (COUGH HAJI COUGH) might be good to tell me your experiences with attempting to get hired from these situations.
There are other quality of living issues as well. Although I am probably an "east coast person" in terms of demeanor, any of the CA schools would certainly be reasonable. But Alabama, etc, would take absolutely huge adjustment, and may not be as great. Furthermore, networking opportunities are admittedly more limited...
Essentially there are huge issues in terms of prestige and difficulty of education, and cost of living, and quality of living, and grad school prospects.
A 550D is mine. If it wasn't raining I would have done photography today... I'll mess around with the stock lens for a bit, then try to pick up a 50 prime. I intended to post pics today, but what with pouring rain and all it was tough.