The Brainalist wrote:
I am talking about in-state tuition increases. There was no indication of the rise in that several years back, at least to the extent it did basically almost completely eradicate the notion of in-state tuition. They basically screwed people who made their decisions based on in-state tuition over scholarships at other schools. All I'm saying is that I fully expect them to continue to do it (and maybe even more so than they've projected), so you can't really accurately project your cost of attendance for IN-STATE. This applies to out-of-staters expecting to gain in-state status as well.
Again, this was entirely expected at the law school. As you seem unwilling to believe what I tell you, here is a 2007 memo from Dean Edley explaining that this would happen. http://www.law.berkeley.edu/TuitionIncr ... lFinal.pdf
Also, all schools don't adjust need-aid year to year. My understanding is that you get a package laying out your aid for all three years, and you know you can count on that.
Correct, some schools give you a singular package that includes both merit and need. Columbia and NYU both do this and might offer you a 25K/37.5K/50K package. So for example, if you were to get the 25K package, your award would be 10K in year one, 10K in year two and 5K in year 3. So your point is not that need based aid being decided according to what you need each year is unreliable, but rather that you want to know your total cost out of pocket before choosing. Fair enough.
Tuition may go up a few percent each year, but not the craziness that has happened to in-state tuition at the UCs.
Again, this is not crazy at the law school, but I acknowledge that it was unexpected for undergrads.
The obvious solution is, if you are going to attend berkeley, you take into account in-state tuition for the first year and your aid for first year, but then presume you'll be paying out-of-state levels with no aid year 2 and 3.
I don't think you will continue to assert this if you read Dean Edley's memo and this more recent memo: http://www.box.net/shared/7ro2mj09c1