I am a CS student in Italy, about to get my bachelor degree. In the past few months I've been looking for some masters in my field (Computer Science with orientation towards Data Science) and have found some really interesting programs in top universities (some are Ivy) in the US.
I would really like to apply. I think I have the right stuff to get in, of course I'm aware of the low acceptance rates but I'm willing to try and give my best.
The only problem is my financial situation. I'll be considered as an international students and I didn't see many available scholarships; I'll just have very few possibilities to get private loans. My parents don't want me to apply because of the fact that if anything happens (health wise, for example) and I'm not able to complete my master I will be in debt of hundreds of thousands of dollars and with no equivalently repaying job. Given my situation, should I pursue this dream of mine or try for a less expensive university in Europe?
EDIT: The real question would be: Is it worth it to apply? Will it be worth it to be in debt of a huge amount of dollars to be in one of the best schools in the world? Considering that college applications are pretty stressful and obviously require time investment, I don't want to pursue a process like this and back down at the end (in case I get in). Is this a once in a lifetime chance or would I get a similar excellence in education in good European universities?