Columbia Law School 2012!

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Re: Columbia Law School 2012!

Postby whyamidoingthis » Tue Jan 27, 2009 4:47 pm

Anyone know what they consider when deciding whether you get the subsidy or not? It says you have to apply to be considered...wondering if other places are like that too....

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Re: Columbia Law School 2012!

Postby ccw1234 » Tue Jan 27, 2009 5:10 pm

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Re: Columbia Law School 2012!

Postby whyamidoingthis » Tue Jan 27, 2009 5:44 pm

ccw1234 wrote:
whyamidoingthis wrote:Anyone know what they consider when deciding whether you get the subsidy or not? It says you have to apply to be considered...wondering if other places are like that too....


I don't know all of what they consider, but I agree that the language of their travel subsidy information makes it seem like it should be much more need-based than other schools (Harvard, Berkeley come to mind).


Yes, I definitely got that feeling too. Money is so tight right now and I'd be flying out from the west coast but I really don't know if I'd be considered "needy" enough...

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Re: Columbia Law School 2012!

Postby Prodigy » Tue Jan 27, 2009 5:48 pm

I wonder if being admitted ED makes a difference on their decision for travel reimbursement? I hope not.

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Re: Columbia Law School 2012!

Postby ccw1234 » Tue Jan 27, 2009 5:53 pm

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Re: Columbia Law School 2012!

Postby whyamidoingthis » Tue Jan 27, 2009 6:51 pm

ccw1234 wrote:whyamidoingthis, I think you should submit for it. Especially if you're ED, you're not visiting 4 other schools, which probably has a lot to do with Columbia's concerns about need-based travel subsidies. It sounds like you have legitimate reasons.

Personally, I fall into the latter category of people they intend not to use their subsidies, so I will be buying that overpriced Amtrak ticket myself.


I'll e-mail them! I don't see why being ED should deprive me of learning all about housing, classes, and financial aid just like everybody else.

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Re: Columbia Law School 2012!

Postby Prodigy » Tue Jan 27, 2009 9:45 pm

Because they already have you committed and don't need to spend $$ to sway your decision.

At least, that's the common belief that a lot of people on this board hold about applying ED. I figured the same reasoning might apply to travel expenses as well.

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Re: Columbia Law School 2012!

Postby whyamidoingthis » Tue Jan 27, 2009 10:13 pm

Prodigy wrote:Because they already have you committed and don't need to spend $$ to sway your decision.

At least, that's the common belief that a lot of people on this board hold about applying ED. I figured the same reasoning might apply to travel expenses as well.


sure, they have me committed, but if you look at the schedule there are things that we need to know about that they'll talk about at the admit weekends. Plus, if the assistance is based on "need," it would be pretty shady to differentiate between types of applicants. It's not like they're offering assistance to people that they "really want," it's supposed to be for admitted students who state that they have need. It would make the EDers second-class citizens...

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Re: Columbia Law School 2012!

Postby Pumpkin » Wed Jan 28, 2009 10:17 am

anyone dig up any info about the richman fellowship yet? i was also invited to interview.....

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Re: Columbia Law School 2012!

Postby In_thespirit » Wed Jan 28, 2009 1:08 pm

My first post: in at Columbia on Monday. Thrilled. Been lurking, but thought why not.

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Re: Columbia Law School 2012!

Postby deneuve39 » Wed Jan 28, 2009 3:56 pm

Anyone checked out the CLS 2012 blog? (which is hilariously and nerdily called Class Actions)

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Re: Columbia Law School 2012!

Postby In_thespirit » Wed Jan 28, 2009 4:47 pm

Just stopped by the blog......sigh. Not much there. You need to show some financial need to get a travel subsidy for AS. Still feeling on top of the world with this one.

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Re: Columbia Law School 2012!

Postby whyamidoingthis » Wed Jan 28, 2009 6:51 pm

whyamidoingthis wrote:
Prodigy wrote:Because they already have you committed and don't need to spend $$ to sway your decision.

At least, that's the common belief that a lot of people on this board hold about applying ED. I figured the same reasoning might apply to travel expenses as well.


sure, they have me committed, but if you look at the schedule there are things that we need to know about that they'll talk about at the admit weekends. Plus, if the assistance is based on "need," it would be pretty shady to differentiate between types of applicants. It's not like they're offering assistance to people that they "really want," it's supposed to be for admitted students who state that they have need. It would make the EDers second-class citizens...


I spoke to a friend and apparently there's a form you fill out explaining your need.

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Re: Columbia Law School 2012!

Postby jpaul09 » Wed Jan 28, 2009 8:09 pm

Did your friend tell you what kind of info they ask for on the form? Does it ask for parental data, too?
I graduated a semester early, so I'm still looking for a job that will keep me on just until August...haven't been so successful yet. At any rate, no job = no income, and my parents definitely won't be giving me any money toward anything law school related.

I guess it doesn't hurt to e-mail them and ask?

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Re: Columbia Law School 2012!

Postby frank_the_tank » Wed Jan 28, 2009 8:11 pm

They will send you a form with a few questions on it. Nothing too detailed. Nothing about parents or even your own income. They just ask you to explain your situation...whatever that means to you. I sent mine in today...come on $200!!!

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Re: Columbia Law School 2012!

Postby whyamidoingthis » Wed Jan 28, 2009 9:42 pm

frank_the_tank wrote:They will send you a form with a few questions on it. Nothing too detailed. Nothing about parents or even your own income. They just ask you to explain your situation...whatever that means to you. I sent mine in today...come on $200!!!


got and sent mine too. very general form. very very much need the money to visit......plllleeeease pretty pllllllease

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Re: Columbia Law School 2012!

Postby whyamidoingthis » Wed Feb 04, 2009 9:13 pm

Has anyone heard from CLS about approving travel subsidies? I'd really like to buy my tickets before they get too expensive!

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Re: Columbia Law School 2012!

Postby frank_the_tank » Wed Feb 04, 2009 9:17 pm

whyamidoingthis wrote:Has anyone heard from CLS about approving travel subsidies? I'd really like to buy my tickets before they get too expensive!


I'm still waiting on mine..Haven't heard anything yet though.

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Re: Columbia Law School 2012!

Postby paranoidjet » Thu Feb 05, 2009 11:49 am

I'd very much like to visit Columbia (been admitted) but their ASDs and Mondays at Columbia don't correspond with any times where I could leave both work and school. I was thinking about coming down during my University's wonky Spring Break but there's no scheduled event then... do you think it would be possible for me to schedule an appointment with financial aid/admissions dean/take a tour (like they talk about in their packet) and apply for travel subsidies? Money is very tight but I need to see the school that will receive thousands of dollars from me before I send off a deposit.

Thoughts?

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Re: Columbia Law School 2012!

Postby frank_the_tank » Thu Feb 05, 2009 7:13 pm

Travel Subsidy came in today, yay! Only 200$ but, good enough for me~~

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Re: Columbia Law School 2012!

Postby jessicaw » Sat Feb 07, 2009 8:51 pm

nevermind, was assisted. thanks frankthetank.

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Re: Columbia Law School 2012!

Postby whyamidoingthis » Sun Feb 08, 2009 10:40 pm

frank_the_tank wrote:Travel Subsidy came in today, yay! Only 200$ but, good enough for me~~


ugh, I still haven't heard. I guess I should call. Which weekend are you going?

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Re: Columbia Law School 2012!

Postby frank_the_tank » Sun Feb 08, 2009 11:08 pm

whyamidoingthis wrote:
frank_the_tank wrote:Travel Subsidy came in today, yay! Only 200$ but, good enough for me~~


ugh, I still haven't heard. I guess I should call. Which weekend are you going?


25-26. You?

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Re: Columbia Law School 2012!

Postby whyamidoingthis » Mon Feb 09, 2009 1:35 am

frank_the_tank wrote:
whyamidoingthis wrote:
frank_the_tank wrote:Travel Subsidy came in today, yay! Only 200$ but, good enough for me~~


ugh, I still haven't heard. I guess I should call. Which weekend are you going?


25-26. You?


same...wonder why I haven't heard from them...

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Re: Columbia Law School 2012!

Postby TheJackson6 » Mon Feb 09, 2009 10:03 pm

Hey, is there room for one more here? 8)

Just got my letter today. Pretty jazzed. I've had trouble picturing myself at the other schools I've gotten into- with Columbia, I saw myself there the second I opened my mailbox and pulled out my utterly mangled acceptance envelope.




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