I've been admitted to UT Arlington with 100% tuition scholarship. However, even after the scholarship, the living expenses are quite a bit for me (however, with on campus jobs and all, I believe my family will be able to manage so I think that I'll leave the financial issues aside). I'm not eligible right now for the 100% tuition scholarship from UTD, but with about a month's more preparation, I think I'll be able to raise my SAT score from 1370 to 1530+ in order to qualify for the highest scholarship which covers up the tuition, mandatory fees and gives me additional $6,000 which drastically reduces my living expenses which would help a lot. I ultimately want to obtain a PhD in Astronomy and I understand that my performance as an undergraduate student would carry much more weight than which institution I attended. However, attending UTD (I think) would be better in that it would offer me more opportunities for undergraduate research which would strengthen my application for grad school. What do you think? Will taking a gap year for UTD be worth it?