thank you so much for your really helpful reply! yeah i assumed no scholarship from boalt. my friend with similar numbers is picking berkeley over the same ucla full tuition offer.
you're right that money up-front sounds a lot better. I'm a little worried about LRAPs because i've heard they sometimes trap people in lower paying jobs to continue to qualify for the program. i'm really not sure, but good to hear berkeley has a great one. and there are so many public interest opportunities in the bay area too, that it is really a great choice. and probably a better place to live than LA (for me).
oh, and how can you turn down no official grades?