I live in Fort Lauderdale, FL. I am hoping to go into a Chemical Engineering program because I love Chemistry, but i'm not sure if I am looking to get a Ph.D. before I go to work (though I may), and it seems like a good program with fun and useful stuff. That said, there are not schools for this in the Fort Lauderdale area, so if I wanted to stay in state I would have to move anyhow, and the best in the state are in Gainsville and Tallahassee (far and remote). So, I decided to apply to better ranked schools that are out of state. Is this a good move? I want to be involved in a program that is motivating, challenging, and where I am surrounded by the brightest students and the best research, get internships/co-ops, etc. But, I keep hearing not to bother paying out of state tuition and just go to a school in-state. My boyfriend is an IT Manager, works with networking & sys admin stuff and he will be moving with me, so a place where tech jobs are avail are also important. FAFSA said my EFC is over 12000$ (I made near 40k last year.) If you enroll out of state do you pay out-of-state Tuition for the entire time in the school? Or, do you get a break after a few semesters when you establish residency? I don't want to be stupid and have a gazillion $ in loans, but I don't want to end up at a school where the education is not the greatest and the opportunities are few. I applied to Berkeley, UCSD, UCLA, UT Austin, GA Tech, and Rose-Hullman. I was admitted to Rose-Hullman, but now it seems so cold, remote, and not to mention the extreme tuition they charge as a private school. Please help me out with some advice and answers. I am not sure what I want to do with my Chem E. degree, maybe go into food science, or go to med school.. maybe get my graduate in Chem E or Chemistry if I so desire at that point. Thanks for any help!! Angela.