I am currently enrolled in my senior year of high school and am going through the college application process. I have good test scores and grades and could be accepted into some upper-end universities. However, attending these universities will put me into lots of debt, while attending my in-state university would allow me to come out debt free. I was told since I already have professional experience as a software developer at a pretty large company, I shouldn't worry about the degree that much.
I have been weighing my options and trying to decide if a more prestigious degree is worth the tremendous amount of debt. Will the degree earn me a larger starting salary, or will showing my personal projects do that for me?