St. John's $$$ vs. ND

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ND at sticker v. St. John's with full scholarship

Notre Dame at sticker
17
68%
St. John's with full scholarship
8
32%
 
Total votes: 25

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Re: St. John's $$$ vs. ND

Postby TracyLynn » Wed Jun 22, 2011 9:31 pm

I feel like even though the vote right now is in favor of ND, the comments are more in favor of SJU. My total debt after ND (with undergrad) would be $220,000. This is assuming 60,000 a year from ND's website, which I'm not sure of the actual COA will be that high. My total debt after SJU (with undergrad) would be $110,000, assuming I keep the entire scholarship. I'm not sure if I can double down for ND...

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Re: St. John's $$$ vs. ND

Postby dresden doll » Wed Jun 22, 2011 9:33 pm

TracyLynn wrote:I feel like even though the vote right now is in favor of ND, the comments are more in favor of SJU. My total debt after ND (with undergrad) would be $220,000. This is assuming 60,000 a year from ND's website, which I'm not sure of the actual COA will be that high. My total debt after SJU (with undergrad) would be $110,000, assuming I keep the entire scholarship. I'm not sure if I can double down for ND...


You should listen to DF. Seriously.

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Re: St. John's $$$ vs. ND

Postby menstrualcrumps » Wed Jun 22, 2011 10:55 pm

Yeah. What DF makes perfect sense. I don't think this is very difficult.

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Re: St. John's $$$ vs. ND

Postby ndirish2010 » Wed Jun 22, 2011 11:01 pm

menstrualcrumps wrote:Yeah. What DF makes perfect sense. I don't think this is very difficult.


Because nobody with those numbers should go to SJU.

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Re: St. John's $$$ vs. ND

Postby TracyLynn » Wed Jun 22, 2011 11:04 pm

ndirish2010 wrote:
menstrualcrumps wrote:Yeah. What DF makes perfect sense. I don't think this is very difficult.


Because nobody with those numbers should go to SJU.


So the prevailing opinion is DF's recommendation-- go to SJU as long as I'm willing to drop out if I lose the scholly?

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Re: St. John's $$$ vs. ND

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Re: St. John's $$$ vs. ND

Postby ndirish2010 » Wed Jun 22, 2011 11:09 pm

TracyLynn wrote:
ndirish2010 wrote:
menstrualcrumps wrote:Yeah. What DF makes perfect sense. I don't think this is very difficult.


Because nobody with those numbers should go to SJU.


So the prevailing opinion is DF's recommendation-- go to SJU as long as I'm willing to drop out if I lose the scholly?


Retake/reapply. That should be the prevailing opinion. I can't say this enough, neither of these options are good enough for what you could have.

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Re: St. John's $$$ vs. ND

Postby uzpakalis » Wed Jun 22, 2011 11:13 pm

ND.

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Re: St. John's $$$ vs. ND

Postby TracyLynn » Wed Jun 22, 2011 11:13 pm

ndirish2010 wrote:
TracyLynn wrote:
ndirish2010 wrote:
menstrualcrumps wrote:Yeah. What DF makes perfect sense. I don't think this is very difficult.


Because nobody with those numbers should go to SJU.


So the prevailing opinion is DF's recommendation-- go to SJU as long as I'm willing to drop out if I lose the scholly?


Retake/reapply. That should be the prevailing opinion. I can't say this enough, neither of these options are good enough for what you could have.


Thanks ndirish2010. This is actually my second cycle (almost went starting in 2010) so I'm not a fan of the retake option. I hate to say it because it always annoys me when other people on these boards say it lol. But it's the truth.

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Re: St. John's $$$ vs. ND

Postby ndirish2010 » Wed Jun 22, 2011 11:15 pm

I really believe T25s are only worth it for half price or better. SJU is (almost) NEVER worth it. I don't just blindly say retake/reapply.
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Re: St. John's $$$ vs. ND

Postby scammedhard » Wed Jun 22, 2011 11:16 pm

ndirish2010 wrote:Retake/reapply. That should be the prevailing opinion. I can't say this enough, neither of these options are good enough for what you could have.

+1. OP: Where and when did you apply? And what state are you from?
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Re: St. John's $$$ vs. ND

Postby dresden doll » Wed Jun 22, 2011 11:17 pm

ndirish2010 wrote:I really believe T25s are only worth it for half price or better. SJU is NEVER worth it. I don't just blindly say retake/reapply.


An SJU girl is SAing with my bf at a biglawl firm this summer. Saying SJU is NEVER worth it overstates the matter.

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Re: St. John's $$$ vs. ND

Postby scammedhard » Wed Jun 22, 2011 11:20 pm

dresden doll wrote:An SJU girl is SAing with my bf at a biglawl firm this summer. Saying SJU is NEVER worth it overstates the matter.

These cases are the exception rather than the rule, and mentioning them distract people from the cold, hard reality: attending SJU is a terrible proposition.

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Re: St. John's $$$ vs. ND

Postby dresden doll » Wed Jun 22, 2011 11:30 pm

scammedhard wrote:
dresden doll wrote:An SJU girl is SAing with my bf at a biglawl firm this summer. Saying SJU is NEVER worth it overstates the matter.

These cases are the exception rather than the rule, and mentioning them distract people from the cold, hard reality: attending SJU is a terrible proposition.


LOL, anyone even remotely familiar with my posts can vouch that I'm all about retaking the LSAT. I noted what I noted because ndirish overstated the matter, not because I wanted to intimate that getting biglawl from SJU is the norm. The girl in question is ranked second in her class and is supposedly the hardest working SA atm (and I'm guessing probably because she figures that her LS places her in the most vulnerable position relative to the rest of the class).

Don't use the word never when there are exceptions is all i'm saying.

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Re: St. John's $$$ vs. ND

Postby ndirish2010 » Wed Jun 22, 2011 11:32 pm

Edited.

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Re: St. John's $$$ vs. ND

Postby scammedhard » Wed Jun 22, 2011 11:36 pm

dresden doll wrote:Don't use the word never when there are exceptions is all i'm saying.

Got it.

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Re: St. John's $$$ vs. ND

Postby 09042014 » Thu Jun 23, 2011 12:04 am

ndirish2010 wrote:
menstrualcrumps wrote:Yeah. What DF makes perfect sense. I don't think this is very difficult.


Because nobody with those numbers should go to SJU.


Nobody should pay sticker at Notre Dame.

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Re: St. John's $$$ vs. ND

Postby ndirish2010 » Thu Jun 23, 2011 12:08 am

Desert Fox wrote:
ndirish2010 wrote:
menstrualcrumps wrote:Yeah. What DF makes perfect sense. I don't think this is very difficult.


Because nobody with those numbers should go to SJU.


Nobody should pay sticker at Notre Dame.


Almost nobody. If you are independently wealthy or have a wealthy relative paying for you to attend, then perhaps. Otherwise, I agree.

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Re: St. John's $$$ vs. ND

Postby TracyLynn » Thu Jun 23, 2011 8:40 am

scammedhard wrote:
ndirish2010 wrote:Retake/reapply. That should be the prevailing opinion. I can't say this enough, neither of these options are good enough for what you could have.

+1. OP: Where and when did you apply? And what state are you from?


I'm from upstate New York. My final options were W&L with a half scholly and Ohio State with 12K. I wasn't thrilled with OSU, especially the first year cost since I wouldn't be a resident. W&L was nice but the town was too small for me. I chose St. John's because of the cost, my network of friends in the area, my connections with my current firm (we have an office down there) and because I thought i'd enjoy NYC for awhile (even Queens).

I realize that this post begs the questions, well if OSU and W&L were too much debt for me, why ND? This is the one school on my list I never thought I'd have a chance to go to. It was a dream for me. I realize that sticker at ND sucks.. a lot. But I'm just having a hard time turning them down b/c of the money. Would I be more likely to regret going to SJU? Or ND?

Also, thanks for the retake advice. It's not what I want to hear, but I totally understand the reasons behind it.

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Re: St. John's $$$ vs. ND

Postby TracyLynn » Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:17 am

Also, what is the likelihood that I could use IBR to pay off my loans if I got to ND and have trouble repaying?

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Re: St. John's $$$ vs. ND

Postby 09042014 » Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:20 am

TracyLynn wrote:Also, what is the likelihood that I could use IBR to pay off my loans if I got to ND and have trouble repaying?


PI isn't a back up plan. People who were given an 80K stipend by their firms couldn't find people to employ them in PI for Free.

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Re: St. John's $$$ vs. ND

Postby TracyLynn » Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:33 am

I know the PI program is after 10 years of public service, but the IBR itself is not only for public interest as I understand it. It basically dictates a monthly payment based on a certain percentage of your income.

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Re: St. John's $$$ vs. ND

Postby 09042014 » Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:45 am

TracyLynn wrote:I know the PI program is after 10 years of public service, but the IBR itself is not only for public interest as I understand it. It basically dictates a monthly payment based on a certain percentage of your income.


It prevents you from defaulting or starving. But you won't be debt free until 2039. And that assumes you don't have even a month of unemployment. And even then you'll get a tax bill for like 60-100K at the end of it.

IBR is like a seat belt. Great to have, but not an excuse for driving like a retard.

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Re: St. John's $$$ vs. ND

Postby TracyLynn » Thu Jun 23, 2011 2:04 pm

Desert Fox wrote:
TracyLynn wrote:I know the PI program is after 10 years of public service, but the IBR itself is not only for public interest as I understand it. It basically dictates a monthly payment based on a certain percentage of your income.


It prevents you from defaulting or starving. But you won't be debt free until 2039. And that assumes you don't have even a month of unemployment. And even then you'll get a tax bill for like 60-100K at the end of it.

IBR is like a seat belt. Great to have, but not an excuse for driving like a retard.


That seat belt analogy made me laugh out loud :)

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Re: St. John's $$$ vs. ND

Postby TracyLynn » Fri Jun 24, 2011 8:35 am

I contacted admissions regarding 2L and 3L scholarships and was told that if you come in with little or no money and are in the top 10% of the class, you can get a scholarship of around $10K. This is definitely discouraging to say the least.

I feel like I'm definitely leaning toward St. John's at this point, but I'm still surprised to see so many votes for ND! Any final thoughts would be appreciated...Monday is looming already.




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