April 28, 2016 at 9:17AM, Edited April 28, 9:21AM
How much is to much for spending on Film School?
So I have applied and gotten into two film schools. One is a state school thats film program isn't the best, but the Cost of Attendance is only about 23,000 a year. The other school is Columbia College in Chicago and is ranked as one of the top film schools in America. In addition, I've toured both schools and have knottiest a major difference when it comes to the drive and skill level of the students. The students and professors at Columbia seem to be way more driven and passionate than the ones at the UW state school I'm looking at. But there is one catch, Columbia is around 43,000 a year, and unfortunately my family is unable to support any of the tuition, but I have been able to secure a large scholarship through columbia bringing the Cost of attendance down to about 30,000 (for all four years). Now in order to go to this school I would have to take out between 10,000 and 20,000 in loan if I wanted to attend for my freshman year (there are allot more scholarship opportunities each year I attend columbia so this number will go down over the years). With the state school I would have to take out between $0 and 10,000 in loans after my scholarships. But is it worth it? how much is too much? What I worry about is getting out of school and having to get a job outside the film industry to simply pay off my loans. I want the best education possible, but don't want to sign my life away in loans. Im especially interested in anyone who is in or has had an issue like this.