still wrote:so here I am stoked with my UCLA acceptance and about to withdraw from WUSTL.
Out of nowhere WUSTL bumps my scholarship to full tuition with no minimum GPA req.
i bring this info to UCLA's financial aid office and they bump me from 37500 to 45k... (48k w/ need based aid)
I love UCLA but i feel like it would just be a colossal blunder to choose it over the red carpet treatment at WUSTL
sad to say but my bruin loyalty may have been flat bought by anheuser busch...
Sorry to hear it, but I would do the same thing as you in your position.
+1. The difference in total indebtedness at graduation between full @ WUSTL and $48k @ UCLA is $118,000+ just for tuition and fees
. UCLA is a great school and I'd kill to go there, but it's hard to justify with those numbers.
ETA: Just to satisfy my own interest, I used this loan calculator
to determine that the difference in scholarship money would cost you an extra ~$1,300 a month over 10 years. Technically more because this is only calculating the payment for the tuition difference and in reality you'd be paying interest on a larger amount that included what you borrow for total COA. That's a lot of dough. I don't think anyone could blame you for picking WUSTL.