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Deciding Where to Go => Choosing the Right Law School => Topic started by: Byronic Hero on February 03, 2005, 02:30:39 PM

Title: $$$$ at Ohio State
Post by: Byronic Hero on February 03, 2005, 02:30:39 PM
So Ohio State offered me $3500 a year. 
Hey thanks a lot OSU.  Now tuition is only $21,500.   
>:(
Title: Re: $$$$ at Ohio State
Post by: ct_rdr on February 03, 2005, 02:32:55 PM
But, congrats on the acceptance. Any potential for bargaining?
Title: Re: $$$$ at Ohio State
Post by: Byronic Hero on February 03, 2005, 02:51:06 PM
There are some other scholarships available; however, you have to write an essay for them and they cap out at $3,000.  I am especially upset because they don't consider me a resident even though I was born and raised in Columbus.  I only left the state to go to BYU.  Anyway, I called the Financial Aid Office today and they encouraged me to have my wife work so that I automatically qualify as an in-state resident.
Title: Re: $$$$ at Ohio State
Post by: bobo21 on February 03, 2005, 03:32:16 PM
Are you out of state?  I thought OSU was wayyyyy cheaper than that (one of the reasons I applied...)
Title: Re: $$$$ at Ohio State
Post by: Byronic Hero on February 03, 2005, 03:43:56 PM
When did your scholarship come? Did it come with your acceptance, or later? If later, how much later? Can you post your numbers? These details really help out the rest of us. Thanks.

161/3.5 (You can see my numbers by clicking on the link in my footprint).  The scholarship offer came 2 weeks after the phone call. 

Are you out of state? I thought OSU was wayyyyy cheaper than that (one of the reasons I applied...)


I am out-of-state, technically (see above).
Title: Re: $$$$ at Ohio State
Post by: Byronic Hero on February 03, 2005, 04:24:29 PM
I'm in Provo.  I received it snail mail.  I was hoping that I would get the in-state tuition scholarship, but I've heard Ohio State is more selective this year so I assume the competition for money is rather stiff.

By the way, it seems that OSU loves BYU grads.   :) 
Title: Re: $$$$ at Ohio State
Post by: CheezWiz on February 03, 2005, 04:43:23 PM
Oooo Ooooo! Really?  I'll keep my little Cougar paws crossed :D
Title: Re: $$$$ at Ohio State
Post by: Byronic Hero on February 03, 2005, 04:53:17 PM
I'm in Provo. I received it snail mail. I was hoping that I would get the in-state tuition scholarship, but I've heard Ohio State is more selective this year so I assume the competition for money is rather stiff.

By the way, it seems that OSU loves BYU grads. :)

Well now that I've extracted all the valuable information I need from you, I'll sound off. GO UTES!!

LOL!
Title: Re: $$$$ at Ohio State
Post by: murkydreamer on February 04, 2005, 07:01:33 AM
Byronic Hero, I got about the same amount of scholarship at OSU.  I really wish they would be more generous with the $, as being out of state is expensive.  D'oh.
Title: Re: $$$$ at Ohio State
Post by: Byronic Hero on February 04, 2005, 07:22:26 AM
What are you planning to do Murky? 

Ohio State is my first choice as well, so now I have to make some tough calls as to whether or not I want to take on that much debt.  In the long run I think it will be worth it, but they aren't making it easy on me.  Somebody needs to start milking that cash cow at OSU.

 
Title: Re: $$$$ at Ohio State
Post by: Paperback Writer on February 04, 2005, 07:48:25 AM
What are you planning to do Murky? 

Ohio State is my first choice as well, so now I have to make some tough calls as to whether or not I want to take on that much debt.  In the long run I think it will be worth it, but they aren't making it easy on me.  Somebody needs to start milking that cash cow at OSU. 

Byronic - In which state do you reside?
Title: Re: $$$$ at Ohio State
Post by: LawBoundGlory on February 04, 2005, 07:56:09 AM
I got my acceptance a few days ago, a letter asking to confirm my place in the law school class yesterday, and still no word on financial aid.  I'm an out-of-stater really interested in attending THE Ohio State University.  Hopefully they'll come through with some reasonable package....how important are stats in determining aid?  I mean, if everyone going is pretty much qualified and all
Title: Re: $$$$ at Ohio State
Post by: murkydreamer on February 04, 2005, 08:17:12 AM
Byronic: Obviously less debt is better, but I'm willing to take on more debt if it means I'll be going to a good school where I'll be  very happy at.  For a variety of reasons, OSU isn't at the top of my list...although I haven't been accepted anywhere else that I'd clearly rather go to.  Right now it's sort of a toss up with Northeastern...the fact that I can get in-state tuition after my first year at OSU is a big plus, however I'm not sure how much I want to be in Columbus/Ohio (for law school or after).  My friends who went to OSU for undergrad loved it though and I'm originally from the state so being close to home could be a good thing.  I will likely go visit March/April unless my acceptance situation changes. 

Probonolaw: It was a couple weeks between receiving my acceptance package in the mail and getting the scholarship $, so don't fret if you don't hear anything immediately.
Title: Re: $$$$ at Ohio State
Post by: Byronic Hero on February 04, 2005, 08:29:38 AM
I am a Utah resident, Paperback; however, that is because I attended BYU.  I am originally from Columbus (my family has never left) and consider myself an Ohio resident whether or not any Ohio schools recognize that.

Probono, I called the financial aid office to inquire over that very thing, whether stats are the determining factor, and she basically told me that they were indeed the primary consideration.  I have a MA and they told me that was a "small" factor.  With Ohio State being more selective this year, my stats have moved from the upper half to the upper mid-range, subsequently making it more difficult to beat out some of those with higher stats for aid, no matter how good your story is.

By the way it took two weeks for me to hear about aid.  It came snail mail.

Murky, you're right on about debt.  I sat down and crunching the stats figured that although Ohio State will cost me more, in the long run it will pay for itself in more earning power out of law school.  Furthermore, there are the intangibles that come with being surrounded by family members.  I too am a little intimidated by the downtown/urban campus.  I heard parking is a female dog.
 
Title: Re: $$$$ at Ohio State
Post by: Paperback Writer on February 04, 2005, 08:30:51 AM
Murky - That co-op option at Northeastern sounds sweet! 
Title: Re: $$$$ at Ohio State
Post by: ct_rdr on February 04, 2005, 08:35:34 AM


Murky, you're right on about debt. I sat down and crunching the stats figured that although Ohio State will cost me more, in the long run it will pay for itself in more earning power out of law school. Furthermore, there are the intangibles that come with being surrounded by family members. I too am a little intimidated by the downtown/urban campus. I heard parking is a female dog.
 

Parking DOES suck. And I don't, personally, care for the downtown/urban campus. But, it isn't intimidating - you will do wonderful. Have confidence!!!
Title: Re: $$$$ at Ohio State
Post by: Paperback Writer on February 04, 2005, 08:37:24 AM


Murky, you're right on about debt. I sat down and crunching the stats figured that although Ohio State will cost me more, in the long run it will pay for itself in more earning power out of law school. Furthermore, there are the intangibles that come with being surrounded by family members. I too am a little intimidated by the downtown/urban campus. I heard parking is a female dog.
 

Parking DOES suck. And I don't, personally, care for the downtown/urban campus. But, it isn't intimidating - you will do wonderful. Have confidence!!!

The parking does suck -- unless you splurge and buy the parking garage pass.

Once you are on campus, and get the lay of the land down, it's really not so bad.  I took my LSAT at OSU, by the way.
Title: Re: $$$$ at Ohio State
Post by: ct_rdr on February 04, 2005, 08:56:02 AM




Parking DOES suck. And I don't, personally, care for the downtown/urban campus. But, it isn't intimidating - you will do wonderful. Have confidence!!!
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The parking does suck -- unless you splurge and buy the parking garage pass.

Once you are on campus, and get the lay of the land down, it's really not so bad. I took my LSAT at OSU, by the way.

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In december '04?
Title: Re: $$$$ at Ohio State
Post by: Paperback Writer on February 04, 2005, 08:57:35 AM
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In december '04?

Yes - 12/04.  You?
Title: Re: $$$$ at Ohio State
Post by: ct_rdr on February 04, 2005, 09:01:10 AM
Same. I was really happy about the change of location. I ended up getting a wondow seat (left-handed) and got to sit everything on the windowsill to free up desk space. The proctors were two college girls who just sat there reading vogue and stuff. They didn't care about anything, but the atmosphere was really good.
Title: Re: $$$$ at Ohio State
Post by: Paperback Writer on February 04, 2005, 09:11:45 AM
Same. I was really happy about the change of location. I ended up getting a wondow seat (left-handed) and got to sit everything on the windowsill to free up desk space. The proctors were two college girls who just sat there reading vogue and stuff. They didn't care about anything, but the atmosphere was really good.

The atmosphere in my room wasn't so good.  The proctor was really anal about rearranging the seats.  He screwed up the names a couple times, and mistakenly seated a couple people who were scheduled for another room.  Due to rearranging the seats, and screwing up the names, the test didn't begin until around 9:30.

Good for you on the window seat.  My seat (right-handed) had a very small desktop.
Title: Re: $$$$ at Ohio State
Post by: YellowSpringer on February 04, 2005, 03:37:46 PM
jmb--
I wish I had done as well! Only $1k renewable, and $2.5k non-renewable.

btw... I was really tempted by BYU, even as a "card carrying member of the ACLU", but I couldn't get past the no coffee clause in the honor code. I wonder how they can justify no coffee when there is no restriction on other caffeinated beverages?

Oh well, sometimes there is no reason...
Title: Re: $$$$ at Ohio State
Post by: Byronic Hero on February 04, 2005, 03:44:02 PM
Boo, boo, boo Ohio State. 

Take some of that money that you give illegally to the football players and throw some our way.
Title: Re: $$$$ at Ohio State
Post by: ct_rdr on February 04, 2005, 03:53:35 PM
Has anybody gotten good money from them, yet? (yeah, yeah, besides the FB players)
Title: Re: $$$$ at Ohio State
Post by: ilsox7 on February 04, 2005, 04:12:32 PM
Has anybody gotten good money from them, yet? (yeah, yeah, besides the FB players)

Their basketball players got paid handsomely, too. 
Title: Re: $$$$ at Ohio State
Post by: ct_rdr on February 04, 2005, 04:37:12 PM
Did you look at all the scholarships they offer, though? There are a TON. So, maybe all the money is just hiding there and you're just going to have to wait and see.
Title: Re: $$$$ at Ohio State
Post by: Byronic Hero on February 04, 2005, 05:37:32 PM
My friend applied to Ohio State last year as an out-of-stater with a 3.5 GPA, 164 LSAT and they offered him in-state tuition with 5k.  He only had a BA and no WE at anywhere significant.  So my question is........Why so stingy now?
Title: Re: $$$$ at Ohio State
Post by: ilsox7 on February 04, 2005, 05:43:17 PM
My friend applied to Ohio State last year as an out-of-stater with a 3.5 GPA, 164 LSAT and they offered him in-state tuition with 5k.  He only had a BA and no WE at anywhere significant.  So my question is........Why so stingy now?

Couple things.  It's a different year.  Also, a few weeks back someone mentioned that tOSU was looking to increase their profile.  Well duh, who isn't?  But this may mean they are streamlining their big money to high level applicants in the hopes of catching a group of them.  When that doesn't happen, more money should open up later in the cycle.  Just my guess.
Title: Re: $$$$ at Ohio State
Post by: vickymaz on February 05, 2005, 07:02:30 AM
Got my offer today. $6,000 altogether ($4500 renewable, $1500 for 1L and possibly renewable). I'm also in-state, so it'll be about $8,000/year for me. I'm still waiting on decisions from the big T14 fellows, though.
Title: Re: $$$$ at Ohio State
Post by: timthegolfguy on February 05, 2005, 12:59:48 PM
just wanted to chime in here - I got $6000x3 w/ a one time of $1,500.

174, 3.29

I sent in my stuff for the Moritz, so we'll see what happens. I'm probably going to end up at Minnesota, but a full ride would be nice.
Title: Re: $$$$ at Ohio State
Post by: bazique123 on February 09, 2005, 12:21:02 PM
Have you guys taken into account the fact that you can become instate within a year?  So your costs will go down significantly for second and third year.  At least, that's what my 3L friend at Moritz said.  So you should take that into account as well.
Title: Re: $$$$ at Ohio State
Post by: illinist on February 09, 2005, 01:23:28 PM
I got a $1500 grant for 1L, and $2000 renewable scholarship for all years.  Ohio State is definitely one of the more affordable state schools for an out-of-state student, since their residency requirement is so easy.  But still, I don't know if that's enough to make me go there...

I did it for undergrad - turned down scholarships to pay full tuition at Northwestern, and chances are I'll do it for law school too - turn down money in order to go someplace I really want to go.  Currently Tulane is in the lead.

Title: Re: $$$$ at Ohio State
Post by: Il Stupido on February 14, 2005, 08:01:29 AM
Anyone know approximately how many people apply for the Moritz Scholarship? I'm just curious because the full month it takes the committee to review the initial applications seems long. Of course, if 100 people apply, that's not far-fetched at all.