bender18 wrote:You really think GW with the scholly is the hands-down better choice when compared to GULC with some potential substantial need-based aid?
Hands down? Not hands down better but probably better. It depends on the amount of need aid.
At GW I could keep my debt (pre-interest) to no more than $100k. With a 50k-ish/year salary, it would be feasible to pay that off in 10 years. More debt than that and only biglaw/LRAP can really pay it down in 10 years (and debt at GULC for me would have been sticker, and for someone with need aid I'd imagine it would still be around $150k). I'm not even sure whether GULC offers that much need aid.
That being said, the reason I ED'ed GULC was because I really would like to work in CA or even NYC over DC (but would be fine with DC). I feel now that $100k debt at GW is manageable (though still a pretty crappy deal), though of course I could merely be rationalizing my options.