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I'd go with the $$$ as well. You already prefer Fuqua's location, and I think the schools are close enough in reputation that it'd be worth it to give up a few ranking spots for $55k. Both schools are courted by top MC firms, and if you were unlikely to be hired at Fuqua, I don't think going to Ross would change that (not saying that you aren't a good candidate).
The only thing that would change my mind, as someone else mentioned, is if you are thinking about working in the Midwest in the long-term. In that case, I feel the advantage of the Ross brand would increase significantly.
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Not planning on going back home and I'd much rather live in the South. In fact, I live in the south already. Moving to Duke would be a really easy transition. But again, I'd be willing to move to Michigan if I can see the benefit.
I'd agree with the general sentiment of this thread - the money makes a lot of sense in your situation. Unless your applying to one of the dual-degree programs at Ross (ERB, etc.), I think the two schools are about as close as they come. I really enjoyed my visit to Fuqua last year but simply enjoyed my time at Ross more. You can't go wrong either way. If it hasn't been mentioned, I'd at least contact the Ross admin to see if they can do anything about offering you some cash to offset the difference.
The two schools are very similar in quality (In My Opinion). In this case, the scholarship is a huge differentiator. I've applied to both and looked into each, and they seem very comparable. I've visited Duke and am a little biased but I don't think Michigan is worth an extra $50K.
You can negotiate with Michigan and attempt to get some money out of them ... but Durham has better weather!
gtb2009, Duke was on my pre-selection list until I ran into several of its alumni who told me they wished they'd better attend another school. In comparsion, Ross guys were really energized about their school. But... 55k may be a solid argument if you cannot secure a cheap loan.
I am also in the tough position of deciding between Ross and Fuqua myself. The schools seem very similar and having visited both I can't say one feels more right than another. I am interested in entrepreneurship. Does anyone have a solid point of view over which school has stronger e-ship programs?