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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: US News Not Leaked, Released
« on: March 28, 2007, 12:31:09 PM »
I have the actual copy of the rankings. The rankings are accurate.

Can you post UT's reputation scores, please?  Both if you can! thx

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No need-based loans on that income is pretty reasonable, especially if you and your wife have no kids.  As far as loans - are you a US citizen?  If not, that's why you don't get stafford/grad plus. And as a state school, Michigan doesn't have institutional loans like Northwestern.  That's why I'm withdrawing next week :'(

Did they actually tell you that they don't have institutional loans for internationals?

Just thought I'd mention that I'm also an international student and received institutional loans ('Law School Loans') from Michigan -- over $20,000/yr worth.  My LSN has details on the aid package they gave me.  I think the loans are only for people with very low incomes, though.

Wow, congrats!  Thanks for putting all that info up on LSN. 

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If that was a mistake, it makes two of us.  And I do hope something works out for you!

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Negotiating with schools for $
« on: March 26, 2007, 11:48:30 PM »
I think you definitely can.  Tell them how appreciative you are of their original offer, but you have been offered X by School A and would like to know if they can reconsider the offer to make it worthwhile for you to attend their school, because money aside, it's where you want to be.

Obviously not verbatim, but you get the idea.  And like they say, you have nothing to lose.

Thanks for making me feel better about this!  I really am appreciative, but money is the deciding factor for me, unfortunately.

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No need-based loans on that income is pretty reasonable, especially if you and your wife have no kids.  As far as loans - are you a US citizen?  If not, that's why you don't get stafford/grad plus. And as a state school, Michigan doesn't have institutional loans like Northwestern.  That's why I'm withdrawing next week :'(

Did they actually tell you that they don't have institutional loans for internationals?

No, the fin aid letter only said there are no loans for which I am eligible. I wasn't able to find any info about loans for internationals on their website, and assumed they don't have any. I'm surprised to hear they do, and will definitely be calling to find out more.  You and I are in very similar income brackets, that's why I said that income is too high for need-based.  My husband and I have dependents, some living with us and some abroad, and both Michigan and Vandy considered our income too high for need-based aid, probably because they factor in scholarships.  The whole process is far from straight-forward. 

Not sure how living separately affects your financial aid... But if you're married, I think you always have to include your spouse's income.  Kinda like if you're a dependent, you have to include your parent's income even if they won't be supporting you for law school.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Negotiating with schools for $
« on: March 26, 2007, 10:57:31 PM »
I need some help guys.  If you've successfully negotiated a scholarship increase, and then received another offer that beats your increased scholarship, is it tasteless to try and negotiate again?  How do you bring it up without sounding ungrateful?

I don't know if you can. I don't think I could.

I just may be desperate enough to try  :D

EDIT: and they have a formal matching program, so that makes me feel a bit better about doing that

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No need-based loans on that income is pretty reasonable, especially if you and your wife have no kids.  As far as loans - are you a US citizen?  If not, that's why you don't get stafford/grad plus. And as a state school, Michigan doesn't have institutional loans like Northwestern.  That's why I'm withdrawing next week :'(

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Negotiating with schools for $
« on: March 26, 2007, 09:03:44 PM »
I need some help guys.  If you've successfully negotiated a scholarship increase, and then received another offer that beats your increased scholarship, is it tasteless to try and negotiate again?  How do you bring it up without sounding ungrateful?

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Hey guys, thanks for all the responses - I went ahead and changed thread title in light of recent developments.  I'm starting to lean towards Vandy as well. My husband and I will be visiting on the 13th to see what we think, so I guess I'll know more after that. Such an unexpected turn of events, but not in a bad way.

The funny thing is, I did not do anything for Vanderbilt - was going to send them an e-mail this week to see if there was any way to get money, and follow up at the ASW.  And they called me today out of the blue to let me know that the board of trustees for one of the named scholarships chose me as the recipient ($30K/yr total). I submitted merit scholars application back in November, but thought I wasn't getting anything since I haven't heard yet.  So excited I was wrong!

Moni, I read your review of the Vandy, thanks for writing that.  I've heard good things about the city and reading your summary made me want to visit even more.

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In your case, I think it would be foolish to go anywhere but UT. You are already settled in Austin, where your husband has a job, your child is in a good school, you have a support system already set up, and you want to practice in Austin after graduation -- the city where UT is. UT has a great reputation, so it's not like you're giving up much by not going to a T14. And the aggregated stress of moving, finding a new school for your child, and helping your husband find a job, plus knowing you're going to be in more debt than you potentially could be could make your law school experience pretty painful.

Go to UT and enjoy yourself :)

Thanks Ms. Bing!  :D  New questions though - ten minutes after I posted, I received a phone call from Vanderbilt and they upped my scholarship!  It's now by far the cheapest school to attend (though not free), and my husband can transfer to Nashville with his employer.  Cost of living is also lower than Austin, so effectively we'll have more money in our pockets.  And their curriculum has a corporate focus.  What now?

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