Howard (20K/year) vs Illinois(Sticker)

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What should it be?

Howard (20K/Year)
15
79%
University of Illinois (Sticker)
4
21%
 
Total votes: 19

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Shot007
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Howard (20K/year) vs Illinois(Sticker)

Postby Shot007 » Sat Feb 20, 2010 3:09 am

I am an African American URM (Male)...
Which option do you think I should accept:
Howard at 20K/Year basically works out to 60,000 over the course of three years.

Normally Howard is 25,000 per year, so I will be only paying 5K per year on Tuition. I would personally not mind living in DC, and I think I will enjoy the environment

or Illinois, the thing is Illinois is a lot more prestigious, and highly ranked. Chicago is a good city to work in, and the administration at Illinois seems great.

Just tell me which option you think is better for me, all things considered.

FWIW, I don't care about the city, I would love to live in Either Chicago or DC...I care more about what option is better overall

Thank You

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Re: Howard (20K/year) vs Illinois(Sticker)

Postby You Gotta Have Faith » Sat Feb 20, 2010 3:14 am

Since you are URM, I'd probably go with Howard, especially at that price. But if you were non-URM, then I'd say UIUC.

Of course that isn't concrete. If you like Chicago a lot and want to be placed there more easily, then UIUC is a great option. And likewise, Howard probably places more people in DC than UIUC.

Just weigh your options, but lower debt is never a bad thing. Of course, by the time you factor in COL... well, Illinois is noticeably cheaper.

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Shot007
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Re: Howard (20K/year) vs Illinois(Sticker)

Postby Shot007 » Sun Feb 21, 2010 8:13 pm

Its difficult to decide because Howard is giving me such a better position in terms of dealing with finances. Whereas there is so much recognition in Illinois. Its a tough decision

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Re: Howard (20K/year) vs Illinois(Sticker)

Postby Thirteen » Sun Feb 21, 2010 8:27 pm

Would you be paying in-state tuition at Illinois? Paying OOS sticker of at least 40K seems pretty steep.

EDIT: Have you tried to negotiate with Illinois? Howard isn't a peer school, but it never hurts to ask. Illinois has 10 African-American 1L's in the class of 2012, so you might have more leverage than you think.

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Re: Howard (20K/year) vs Illinois(Sticker)

Postby Shot007 » Mon Feb 22, 2010 2:56 pm

I would be paying OOS @ Illinois, and no I have not considered negotiating, thats a great idea, that I hadn't considered




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