Buy what you need in a college for a price reasonable for your circumstances
Don't fall into the trap created by thinking that people who are successful in a career had to spend big bucks on college. College choice IS important to student success but not in the way people often think. Prestige (which often means higher cost) does not guarantee a student anything except bragging rights. It is great to choose a college in part for prestige if that is important to a student and parents but they better also want:
There are over 4,000 colleges in the US and great options in other countries. There are also colleges near just about anywhere in the US. There is a way to obtain a quality education at an affordable price with a great outcome for families who shop for college just like they shop for everything else.