« on: October 25, 2008, 02:58:08 PM »
Should I? Really? LSAT 165 (one time), LSAC GPA 3.83, Male, Two undergrad majors, Finishing up Master's in Philosophy (I have a TA'ship), Interested in working on their revamped Journal of Intl. Law, A few extracurriculars (including a brief stint as the editor of the undergrad school's student publication), Part-time and summer jobs throughout undergrad - including washing dishes and bussing tables - and a brief stint as a travel counselor for American Express Business Travel, English ain't my first language, very good to excellent recs from two grad professors and one undergrad professor (all of them tenured, graying men), I am not an American citizen and neither am I a permanent resident - as such, I am not considered technically an URM (although I am not Caucasian) so I don't think T14 schools would be keen on having me if it entails over $40K in grants (over three years).
The last part is what bothers me. I won't be eligible for federal loans. So *some* school grants are a must. In the wild event that I do get in UPenn ED, i.e. if I apply ED to begin with, what are the chances that they will hand out money to someone like me? My credit score (and history) is excellent but private loans all the way? Nyaah, right?
I absolutely love UPenn and that part of Philly. East Coast would be convenient for me in many respects. I am dead set on UPenn. But then finances are a huge hurdle. I would probably go with $60K at Vandy (or >$90K at, say, Emory) over no $$ at UPenn (just a counterfactual here, not getting ahead of myself). So should I just forget about ED and go regular at UPenn? Fill the Why UPenn piece with lots of love and leave it at that? It's a long shot for me anyway, right?
Thanks. In advance. You folks are the best.
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