The question you have to ask yourself is "which career path do you want to pursue the most?" Since I was young, I was fixated on choosing a school based on a lot of inconsequential factors. I didn't even think of going to the university I now attend until September of my Senior year, but it had the best major for me and I love it. Choose the school that has the best program and will help you get ahead. If it happens to be the more expensive option, then you'll make up the extra costs later down the line. But if you prefer the private college based on other things (nicer dorm rooms, father away from home, better parties, etc), then I'd recommend taking a step back and really evaluating each school based on academics. Not a fun answer, but hopefully it'll help you!