Defer vs WD & reapply

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What should I do?

Poll ended at Mon Jun 13, 2011 5:26 pm

Defer - play it safe
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WD & Reapply - keep options open
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Defer vs WD & reapply

Postby JCDent » Wed Jun 08, 2011 5:26 pm

Got into a T30 school in target market with $$. Unfortunately, can't attend this year though due to my wife's career. When I applied this school was sort of a long shot so I was excited to get in, even more so when I received $$. I've visited and am as certain as I can be that I want to attend. If I defer, it's binding, I will be reevaluated for scholarships (although they've said students often get the same offer), and if I rewrite the LSAT it will be taken into consideration when scholarship time comes. I am risk-adverse and the WD & reapply route scares me, in the event my cycle next year doesn't go as well as this year did. However, I am also worried that the school will have far less incentive to award me scholarships if I'm already in a binding agreement with them.

Please vote, post thoughts/advice or personal experiences. Thanks in advance


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Re: Defer vs WD & reapply

Postby bk1 » Wed Jun 08, 2011 5:32 pm

If it's a private school or an out-of-state public, I'd withdraw and reapply since your scholarship isn't guaranteed. I mean if you were to defer and then they gave you minimal or no money, you'd be paying sticker for a T30 which isn't a pretty position to be in.

If it's a public school and you are in-state (e.g. UNC, IUB, Iowa, W&M, etc... with the exception of UCD because in-state there is expensive as hell) I'd say it is worth it to defer since even if the worst case scenario happens and you're paying sticker, it isn't too bad.

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