H vs. Y vs. S vs. Penn

(Rankings, Profiles, Tuition, Student Life, . . . )

Which should I choose? (COA at Repayment)

Yale (COA: $197k)
11
58%
Harvard (COA: $255k)
2
11%
Stanford (COA: $199k)
1
5%
Penn (COA: $84k)
5
26%
 
Total votes: 19

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Clemenceau
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Re: H vs. Y vs. S vs. Penn

Postby Clemenceau » Tue Apr 14, 2015 9:53 pm

You'd have to take out $84k over three years for Penn? That's just books + living expenses? Seems rather high, especially if you make some money over the summers.

You can easily get away with never paying more than 1k a month for rent in west philly.

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rpupkin
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Re: H vs. Y vs. S vs. Penn

Postby rpupkin » Tue Apr 14, 2015 10:00 pm

Clemenceau wrote:You'd have to take out $84k over three years for Penn? That's just books + living expenses? Seems rather high, especially if you make some money over the summers.

Keep in mind that the OP used a spreadsheet that factors in accumulated interest over time. He would be "taking out" less than $84K, but $84K represents the cost at the time of repayment.

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Clemenceau
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Re: H vs. Y vs. S vs. Penn

Postby Clemenceau » Tue Apr 14, 2015 10:10 pm

rpupkin wrote:
Clemenceau wrote:You'd have to take out $84k over three years for Penn? That's just books + living expenses? Seems rather high, especially if you make some money over the summers.

Keep in mind that the OP used a spreadsheet that factors in accumulated interest over time. He would be "taking out" less than $84K, but $84K represents the cost at the time of repayment.


Fair enough. Trying to wrap my head around how Y and S are only like 100k more than Penn full ride at repayment, but I guess max aid is a pretty sizable chunk of change.

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Tasik32
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Re: H vs. Y vs. S vs. Penn

Postby Tasik32 » Wed Apr 15, 2015 9:40 am

Clemenceau wrote:
rpupkin wrote:
Clemenceau wrote:You'd have to take out $84k over three years for Penn? That's just books + living expenses? Seems rather high, especially if you make some money over the summers.

Keep in mind that the OP used a spreadsheet that factors in accumulated interest over time. He would be "taking out" less than $84K, but $84K represents the cost at the time of repayment.


Fair enough. Trying to wrap my head around how Y and S are only like 100k more than Penn full ride at repayment, but I guess max aid is a pretty sizable chunk of change.

Edit typo


I believe Penn would likely be under my estimate, especially if I have a 2L SA in biglaw. I suppose it's possible that the summer would go along way in paying for 3L cost of living, etc. I did receive a lot of aid from YS, not so much from Harvard, but that is one reason why the YS numbers are closer to Penn.

Thanks for all the responses so far!

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Other25BeforeYou
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Re: H vs. Y vs. S vs. Penn

Postby Other25BeforeYou » Wed Apr 15, 2015 11:14 am

I would go to Yale at that cost in a heartbeat. But then, I'm biased because I took out more than what you'd have to take out for Yale and did so to attend a lower T14, and it's worked out fine. So it's very easy for me to say "I'd totally do it again but less money and for Yale!!!"

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Re: H vs. Y vs. S vs. Penn

Postby Mack.Hambleton » Thu Apr 16, 2015 12:05 am

If you were 100% bigfed I'd go Y, but 200k is a lot just for big law




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