I am in a pretty tough dilemma.I have been admitted into the MS ECE programs of Carnegie Mellon University,University of Wisconsin-Madison and Duke University. I will be able to afford CMU only by taking a loan.I am aware of the brand name and awesome placement record of Carnegie.But I am going in spring so I can do my internship only after the completion of the course.My I-20 expires on May 31st,2012 whereas in Wisconsin the course duration is 2 years and the fees are reasonable considering the fact that most people receive some kind of assistance once they reach there.Is Carnegie worth the extra $30k or $40K?Does Wisconsin also have a comparable brand name and placement scenario?My intended specialization would be computer engineering with a focus on computer architecture.

Thanks in advance,

Abhijit M