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Acceptances / Re: Berkeley v. Georgetown
« on: April 13, 2009, 11:23:16 AM »
At this point, I have more or less narrowed it down for many of the same reasons (AustinBerkeley). I feel like I need to get out of Texas and I want to go into academia eventually which drives me toward a top 10 (berkeley or Chicago). Going out to visit Chicago in a couple weeks. Truth is I absolutely love the city so it may draw a little more than Berkeley but money is definitely a factor too. I'm still waiting on my Berkeley scholarship ap/matching scholarship request (UVA at 25k a year) but here's my money situation now.

Chicago- 65k in loans (0 scholarship)
Berkeley- 14k grant + 56k in loans
Texas- 15k/year scholarship + 36k in loans

Texas upped my scholarship recently but then released their new tuition figures which were about 7k higher than last year (almost the same amount they increased my scholarship). Ouch. The only real draw they had besides Austin was cheap. No thank you.

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Acceptances / Re: Berkeley v. Georgetown
« on: April 02, 2009, 01:30:49 AM »
The closer this gets the harder the decision seems to get. I honestly think I will want to be in Austin after graduation. I went to UT for undergrad and love the city. Although I did get into Texas for law school, I don't think want to go to the same school for undergrad and grad. I've more or less ruled out Georgetown at this point based mostly on the fact they haven't offered me any $$$.

Berkeley has given me a decent grant package but I'm still waiting to hear back about a matching scholarship or any scholarship for that matter. The problem now is their financial aid package including the grant doesn't even cover tuition and there's no way I can cover both the tuition gap and living expenses. This somehow circles me back to Chicago who did give me the financial aid I would need to attend. And to make it better both their ASWs are this weekend so I can't attend both (going to Berkeley).  And then Virginia just accepted and gave me a very nice amount of $$$.

*starting to wish I had applied to fewer schools. :(

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Acceptances / Berkeley v. Georgetown
« on: February 19, 2009, 06:07:33 PM »
Thoughts on the three? I've been accepted to both of them and am leaning Berkeley right now. I also got into Chicago but I'm thinking that probably isn't the best place for me.



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