sharpnsmooth wrote:mallard wrote:You didn't really respond to the financial aid point; my guess is you don't really understand how much financial aid is available to needy students at top undergrads. The inclusion of race and gender were pure rhetoric, but that's fine. Anyway, you haven't really spoken to any of the non-economic reasons to attend a top undergrad, nor to the more or less exclusive availability of certain positions right out of college (top consulting, ibanking, etc.) at top schools, nor to the much greater strength of top schools at placing students in top graduate schools, professional schools, scholarships, fellowships, etc. It's not a huge deal. I didn't attend a top undergrad myself. But there's much more to the world than law school admissions.
2.) [b]aid: yes, there is financial aid, but this doesn't come close to covering the difference between a 50k and 10k tuition. through placing in the top 10% i boosted my scholarship from 1k to 20k over 3 yrs, but it was still a 300% cost. my situation is not rare.[/b]
You have no idea what you're talking about. I have a friend at a top-5 school paying 4K a year, the rest covered by need-based grants. I, on the other hand, could not afford a top program I applied to because I had just enough money (none liquid) to disqualify myself from need-based grants. I couldn't afford a top school because I had too much money. I don't think this at all uncommon for others in the middle to upper-middle class.