codyoneill wrote:Okay, here's a discussion I'd like to have, fellow admits:
Merit scholarships at other schools.
For the moment, pretend that Yale and Stanford do not exist.
What level of merit aid at what other schools would reach the threshold of
1) making Harvard a difficult decision for you?
2) making you choose this other school over Harvard?
and for what reasons?
I'm leaning more and more towards not going to a lower ranked school with $$$ over HLS. I have pretty specific goals and the career path that I want to go on pays enough where I don't have that bad of a problem paying off the debt after financial aid is factored in. My parents are poors and my GPA isn't super high, so there won't be as big of a gap for me as there will be for others.
I also talked to an HLS alum with similar goals who chose HLS over a full ride at NYU and he said he doesn't regret it at all.
In the end, I think it really depends on the person and their goals.