This is really a question, actually.
I've had the good fortune to be admitted to a fantastic school. I've also been admitted to a less fantastic but significantly less expensive school. (UNC & Clemson)
They haven't made their money decisions yet, but it'd be nearly impossible for UNC to be as utterly affordable as Clemson strives to be. I mean, it could be $4K total at Clemson (best case), where UNC could be $50K (worst case). That's a lot of money!
Setting aside my particular interests and whatnot, would any of you argue that there's a huge benefit to a going to a fancy school? Did it help you in your career, did it earn you more $$, did it get you in the door, did it help you when you applied to PhD programs? Do you feel that there are intangible benefits, and the education was just so far superior that you'd never look back?