« on: April 30, 2009, 12:28:28 AM »
Tuition last year was ~$16,000 (I am in-state)
$10,000, 3.2 to renew (top 30%, down from top 10%)
$5,000, 3.4 to renew (top 10%)
If I don't keep the scholarship(s), which is what I am assuming, total debt from tuition will be ~$33,000
University of Cincinnati:
Tuition would be ~$19,000 per year
$8,500 per year, good standing to renew (do not fail out)
At the end of 3 years, total debt from tuition will be ~$31,500
In Indy, I would be living in a high rise apartment downtown and would end up costing more than living in Cincy. Indy's law building is newer and nicer. All of the state and federal agencies are right downtown near both the law school and where I would be living. Big class, 290 students, 1/3 of which are part time. Section is roughly 100 students. If I were to lose the scholarship after 1L, it would be possible to consider switching to PT and working to defray costs. I like the city.
In Cincy, I would be living somewhere in Northern Kentucky (in the Greater Cincinnati region, hopefully right across the river). The building is old, but I liked it regardless. The class size is very small, 135 max, LRW and one substantive course with a small section of 20-25 students the first year. I am from Indiana and know less about Cincinnati in general (neither a pro nor a con, it is just something to consider). Didn't spend a lot of time in the city, but I am sure I would like it.
Looking for some insight, hopefully from some others in the Midwest. I could be happy at either school I think, they both have their good points and they seem to about equal out. The big thing is living in Indy will cost more, but I will be close to everything and the state/federal/govt opportunities downtown are numerous. I don't know if a Cincy degree will create more opportunities after graduation. I have visited both schools and I will not be able to receive additional scholarship funding.