Deciding between two schools?! Help, please.?

I've been accepted to John Carroll University which is a small liberal arts college in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. It's a good school, but upon further reading on their site, the tuition payment plan is whacked. To reside on campus, my mom and I would be responsible for slightly over $1,180 a month for the 10 months of the academic term.To commute, it'd be somewhere in the ballpark of $858 even with the little money the school's given me because I do not qualify for any federal aid. And I don't want to take out many or any loans if I don't have to. I'll still be a minor when I start school in the fall (17), and the loans would have to be in my mother's name and she has bad credit so the interest may be high and I would rather not have my mom in even more debt for the sake of my education. I've recently started hearing some rumblings from people who once went to the school or attend there now and I don't like what I'm hearing. Basically, they say the school isn't known much outside of our neighboring states which could hinder you when you're looking for a job or applying to graduate school. The other school is a public school in Athen, Ohio. It's Ohio University and because of recent developments, I applied there yesterday and I'd missed most, if not all of the priority deadlines, but I was assured by 2 people that work in the Undergraduate Admissions office that there were slots left, but I'd have to take whatever money they had left if I was accepted. But, I do not know if I will get accepte, though. I've gone on websites that tell you your percentages of getting in and they say I should be able to on my grades and I know my ACT score was higher than most (they listed the average on their site), but my GPA is lower by 2 tenths of a point and I'm worried I won't get in and would have to reapply for spring and I don't want to do that. And if I do get in, I'd have to live on campus and that costs about $17,000 for room and board, tuition and books, less than half of what it'd cost at the first school. So, should I hold out for the public university and hope to get in or just go to the private school that's going to be a killer to our pockets? Personally, I'd rather go to the public university because it's bigger and more known even outside of the neighboring states of Ohio. But, I don't know what to do. Advice? Please? I'm really worried I won't be able to go to school this fall and I REALLY want to. And is 2 tenths of a point from the average GPA bad?

Asked By: Shannon! - 4/23/2009
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Something does not add up. John Carroll costs $37,170 = $3717 a month for 10 months for an on campus student. For a commuter student... More
Answered By: Ross - 4/23/2009
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You can always change your mind later and transfer. Any credits you have at that point will transfer. Public schools are usually pretty easy to get into, just be patient.
Answered By: Alina - 4/23/2009
um John Carroll WHO? Ohio U, for sure. MUCH better rep. You MAY be able to get some kind of bridge aid... work study etc.... the websites you mentioned are not accurate at all.
Answered By: derdaktari - 4/23/2009
No, 2 tenths is not a lot to worry about. Remember, it's an average so around 50% are probably higher and the rest lower... More
Answered By: Donnael - 4/23/2009
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