Riddle is about 4 hours from MIA (well 2 if you fly).
Speed, you are extremely lucky you got a Pell grant, its worth alot of money. But for me, my parents are pretty well off (no where near rich), Riddle offered me a grant along with the State of Florida Private school grant, its made it cheaper for me to go to a Private school than a public.
When I leave Riddle I will have about $14K in debt, not that bad thats about what my step-father had when he came out of a state school several years ago.
LanPeru are you a resident of PA, if not they both will cost about the same.
Also I know someone that is at Purdue (err though Riddle I seem to know someone from just about everywhere) and he is pretty happy with it. There is one oppurtunity at Purdue that is quite good the very best seniors in the flight program get to fly one of the schools head guys around in a get, thus building turbine time. Also the girls are better there too.
But that is a pretty slim, but if you want excellent contacts in the industry, that WILL help you get a job faster, than come to Riddle, that about the only other reason except for the aviation atmosphere that I would recommend coming to Riddle.
But in the end, its all what you make of your college expierence, once you have the hours and after your first couple of jobs it won't matter what college you went to, its just another name on your application.
Though it is funny meeting Riddle alumani, no matter how bad Riddle was to them, it was one of their best expierence of thier lives.
Riddle just has a way to draw the people back. If without a doubt you can afford it come here and have fun.
At worst, you screw up and die.