Cornell $$ v UCLA $ v USC $$$

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Cornell ($120k scholarship) COT - $60k
4
27%
UCLA ($67,500 scholarship) COT - $75k
3
20%
USC ($171k scholarship) COT - $0
8
53%
 
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TaylarAnn
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Cornell $$ v UCLA $ v USC $$$

Postby TaylarAnn » Wed Apr 29, 2015 7:33 pm

My options are Cornell for $60k, UCLA for $75k, or USC for $22k. I am from the west coast and would ideally like to end up working in California (my family is close by and my significant other will be in LA). I visited Cornell and kind of hated Ithaca and being stuck in the middle of nowhere. My top choice is UCLA, but is it worth spending that much more? Especially compared to USC? I am currently interested in public interest/ international human rights law and I want to do some sort of judicial clerkship but my interests may change by the time I get through law school. I will have some family support to help cover living costs so I'm not adding that to the cost of school. I will be paying for tuition with loans. I am also not opposed to big law if I made it to that point. Any thoughts?
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downbeat14
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Re: Cornell $$ v UCLA $ v USC $$$

Postby downbeat14 » Wed Apr 29, 2015 7:36 pm

Did u try getting UCLA to up their offer based on Cornell?

TaylarAnn
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Re: Cornell $$ v UCLA $ v USC $$$

Postby TaylarAnn » Wed Apr 29, 2015 7:40 pm

Yes. I was originally an out of state resident and UCLA offered me in state tuition in response to Cornells offer and told me that was the best they could do :/

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ymmv
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Re: Cornell $$ v UCLA $ v USC $$$

Postby ymmv » Wed Apr 29, 2015 7:42 pm

God the LA schools are stingy motherfuckers.

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ILoveYou
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Re: Cornell $$ v UCLA $ v USC $$$

Postby ILoveYou » Wed Apr 29, 2015 7:45 pm

In that case, if those numbers hold, I say take USC. You want to work in CA, and the difference in job prospects isn't worth 53k imo.

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Yea All Right
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Re: Cornell $$ v UCLA $ v USC $$$

Postby Yea All Right » Wed Apr 29, 2015 7:52 pm

USC, they are the definition of peer schools. That's a difference of $53,000, the price of a Mercedes-Benz.

Edit: Your COA figures seem low though, even if you factor in some family support for living expenses.

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Jakobe
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Re: Cornell $$ v UCLA $ v USC $$$

Postby Jakobe » Wed Apr 29, 2015 8:02 pm

Yeah your Cornell CoA seems really low, like you aren't adding in the cost of living there at all too be honest.

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Re: Cornell $$ v UCLA $ v USC $$$

Postby starry eyed » Wed Apr 29, 2015 8:07 pm

definitely USC

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Yea All Right
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Re: Cornell $$ v UCLA $ v USC $$$

Postby Yea All Right » Wed Apr 29, 2015 8:14 pm

I just realized OP put cost of tuition (COT), not cost of attendance. OP can you confirm that your family will pay ALL of your living expenses (food, housing, books, fees, transportation)? If not, it's silly to consider just COT.

TaylarAnn
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Re: Cornell $$ v UCLA $ v USC $$$

Postby TaylarAnn » Wed Apr 29, 2015 8:34 pm

USC just increased my offer to full tuition :O
and I honestly do not know exactly what my living expenses will be or how much support I will receive. I was budgeting around adding $15k/yr to each COT

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Yea All Right
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Re: Cornell $$ v UCLA $ v USC $$$

Postby Yea All Right » Wed Apr 29, 2015 8:41 pm

TaylarAnn wrote:USC just increased my offer to full tuition :O
and I honestly do not know exactly what my living expenses will be or how much support I will receive. I was budgeting around adding $15k/yr to each COT


Well that makes it easy then, imo.

My COL is about 18,000 per year, if you live in LA in a nice-ish apartment it will probably be around there as well.




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