« on: March 23, 2006, 07:04:26 PM »
Thanks, for the response. Your reply mirrors what I've been thinking. The more people who agree the better I feel about it. I have always leaned towards SCU.
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So I'm trying to decide between these two schools. Santa Clara isn't giving me any money, but graduates make way more $$ than McGeorge. I have visited both schools and they are both nice fore different reasons. I ultimately want to transfer to Hastings or Berkeley (if possible), I've been told that most T1s think of these schools as equal. McGeorge is T2 (90 and rising) in the 06 rankings and Santa Clara dropped to T3. Historically, this is an anomoly, usually SCU is rated higher. Both schools have really strong alumni networks.
I am pretty close with a judge that teaches adjunct at McGeorge, he tells me that either choice isn't a bad one, But... if I happen to decide to go to McGeorge, he can mentor me. So that's another thing I am thinking about.
Anyone in a similar position? (Oh yeah it's 10k/year I'm getting from McGeorge)
If you are entering into Grad School (or have completed your first bachelor's degree) you are considered an independant student. Your EFC will be computed without the income of your parents. If the school you are applying to wants your Parents info, then it is more than likely for an optional need-based scholorship, there is no impact on any kind of Federal Aid. The bottom line is, if your EFC is lower as an independant student, that is what they'll use. I worked in the financial aid office for a crappy private university, but the rules are all the same. Really, you shouldn't put that much thought into it.