Man, I'm just not getting anywhere with this decision, so I'll throw it out there for anyone that might have something to say.
I originally wanted to go to Rutgers-Newark. There were reasons for this, but let's just suffice it to say that they don't apply as strongly as they once did. The fact that they gave me 40% tuition was pretty attractive, though, and nearly sealed the deal. The other day, I called up St John's to female dog them out about not sending me any information at all. The nice lady on the phone informed me that I was accepted with a full scholarship. I forgave them their tardy response.
That same day, I emailed RU-N and told them about my scholarship. I basically said that I want to go to RU, but I can't let a full scholarship slide. They told me to hold off for a week. I'm being considered for a scholarship that covers full tuition (for 2 years) plus a 15K stipend. The woman called me "a star of the psych dept". So it's looking good there.
So Cardozo didn't give me a dime, so I sent an email to the dean telling him to withdraw my application. Hold on there, partner, the dean says. Don't you want to see your financial aid offer first. Sure, why not. They offer me 15K in scholarships and 6K is school loans (private). Just for the hell of it, I respond with "is that the best you can do?" Apparantly it wasn't. They gave me a full ride, half of which is contingent on a 3.3 GPA.
Seton Hall has recently jumped into the frey with 17,500 in merit money, and they're hinting at more if I say "yes". But they're out. I'm really just curious to see how much they give me.
So in my mind, it's down to Cardozo and Rutgers. St John's money comes with no strings attached, but I would rather risk it with Cardozo. Trouble is, I don't know where I want to be after LS. I'm wondering if Cardozo will limit me to NYC, and if Rutgers will limit me to NJ. Which one will give me the best options? Suppose I want to move to, say, Boston after LS. Which is the best choice? Which has a better national name? I know their respective rankings and that by itself is not enough. Both schools have nearly identical employment stats.
They're killing me with options. Can anyone offer any insight.