I'm having a hard time deciding where to go. George Mason would be much cheaper since I wouldn't have to pay for room & board since it's like 10 miles away, but Virginia Tech is obviously a lot better. Is it really worth it to get private loans and be much more in debt for an education at VT rather than at GMU? Also, I was thinking about going to GMU for the first year or two, and then transferring to VT... would that be a good idea? It would also be more affordable to go to grad school if I went to GMU since I wouldn't be in so much debt. I am planning on majoring in engineering. If you are an engineering student at GMU or know someone who is, how is their engineering program?