Duke at $80k or Columbia at Sticker?

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HarvardHopeful95
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Duke at $80k or Columbia at Sticker?

Postby HarvardHopeful95 » Mon Apr 03, 2017 6:33 pm

Hey guys, I haven't gotten financial aid info for Columbia yet (so I don't know if I will have to go at sticker) but which is the better option? Duke with an 80K scholarship or sticker at Columbia? Just for some clarity, I'm not including cost of living or things like books in my price of either schools because that will be paid for by my parents. My goal after graduation is BigLaw

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Re: Duke at $80k or Columbia at Sticker?

Postby lnsl123 » Mon Apr 03, 2017 6:36 pm

Big law where?

grades??
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Postby grades?? » Mon Apr 03, 2017 6:37 pm

100% Duke

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Re: Duke at $80k or Columbia at Sticker?

Postby HarvardHopeful95 » Mon Apr 03, 2017 6:39 pm

lnsl123 wrote:Big law where?


New York all the way

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Re: Duke at $80k or Columbia at Sticker?

Postby UVA2B » Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:00 pm

HarvardHopeful95 wrote:
lnsl123 wrote:Big law where?


New York all the way


Duke unless near matching aid for Columbia.

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Re: Duke at $80k or Columbia at Sticker?

Postby GOODWORKSTE » Tue Apr 04, 2017 6:22 am

Duke would get you in NY Big Law so Duke

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Re: Duke at $80k or Columbia at Sticker?

Postby Dcc617 » Tue Apr 04, 2017 7:42 am

Do not go to Columbia at sticker.

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Re: Duke at $80k or Columbia at Sticker?

Postby Npret » Tue Apr 04, 2017 7:52 am

What's your actual debt at repayment going to be?

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Re: Duke at $80k or Columbia at Sticker?

Postby HarvardHopeful95 » Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:51 am

Npret wrote:What's your actual debt at repayment going to be?


For Duke it would be 100k. For Columbia (if I had to go at sticker) it would be 195k

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Re: Duke at $80k or Columbia at Sticker?

Postby jjcorvino » Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:59 am

HarvardHopeful95 wrote:
Npret wrote:What's your actual debt at repayment going to be?


For Duke it would be 100k. For Columbia (if I had to go at sticker) it would be 195k


Columbia at sticker is not $195k. It is $330k or so.

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Re: Duke at $80k or Columbia at Sticker?

Postby Lavitz » Tue Apr 04, 2017 10:04 am

Columbia is not worth $100,000 more than Duke.

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Re: Duke at $80k or Columbia at Sticker?

Postby HarvardHopeful95 » Tue Apr 04, 2017 10:53 am

jjcorvino wrote:
HarvardHopeful95 wrote:
Npret wrote:What's your actual debt at repayment going to be?


For Duke it would be 100k. For Columbia (if I had to go at sticker) it would be 195k


Columbia at sticker is not $195k. It is $330k or so.


Sticker for me would just be the tuition. My cost of living and all the other fees will be covered by my parents like I said in the original post.

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Re: Duke at $80k or Columbia at Sticker?

Postby HarvardHopeful95 » Tue Apr 04, 2017 10:55 am

When I get my financial aid from Columbia, should I try to negotiate with the Duke scholarship if Columbia gives me less? Would Columbia budge for Duke?

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Re: Duke at $80k or Columbia at Sticker?

Postby Clemenceau » Tue Apr 04, 2017 11:04 am

HarvardHopeful95 wrote:When I get my financial aid from Columbia, should I try to negotiate with the Duke scholarship if Columbia gives me less? Would Columbia budge for Duke?


Almost certainly wouldn't match, but might throw you something. Certainly worth a shot.

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Re: Duke at $80k or Columbia at Sticker?

Postby Pragmatic Gun » Tue Apr 04, 2017 6:41 pm

Lavitz wrote:Columbia is not worth $100,000 more than Duke.

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Postby dabigchina » Tue Apr 04, 2017 6:45 pm

HarvardHopeful95 wrote:When I get my financial aid from Columbia, should I try to negotiate with the Duke scholarship if Columbia gives me less? Would Columbia budge for Duke?

They didn't budge for me a couple of years ago but you can try.

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Re: Duke at $80k or Columbia at Sticker?

Postby HarvardHopeful95 » Sun Apr 23, 2017 1:02 pm

Pragmatic Gun wrote:
Lavitz wrote:Columbia is not worth $100,000 more than Duke.


Crisis averted. I got a 50% scholarship at Columbia

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Re: Duke at $80k or Columbia at Sticker?

Postby Npret » Sun Apr 23, 2017 1:11 pm

HarvardHopeful95 wrote:
Pragmatic Gun wrote:
Lavitz wrote:Columbia is not worth $100,000 more than Duke.


Crisis averted. I got a 50% scholarship at Columbia

Congrats! So does that make it cheaper than Duke now?

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Re: Duke at $80k or Columbia at Sticker?

Postby HarvardHopeful95 » Sun Apr 23, 2017 1:16 pm

Npret wrote:
HarvardHopeful95 wrote:
Pragmatic Gun wrote:
Lavitz wrote:Columbia is not worth $100,000 more than Duke.


Crisis averted. I got a 50% scholarship at Columbia

Congrats! So does that make it cheaper than Duke now?


Yeah, all in all it will be cheaper than Duke. I was surprised that they gave me more money than Duke and 3x more than Chicago. I was preparing myself to have to move to Durham lol

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Re: Duke at $80k or Columbia at Sticker?

Postby Npret » Sun Apr 23, 2017 1:17 pm

HarvardHopeful95 wrote:
Npret wrote:
HarvardHopeful95 wrote:
Pragmatic Gun wrote:
Lavitz wrote:Columbia is not worth $100,000 more than Duke.


Crisis averted. I got a 50% scholarship at Columbia

Congrats! So does that make it cheaper than Duke now?


Yeah, all in all it will be cheaper than Duke. I was surprised that they gave me more money than Duke and 3x more than Chicago. I was preparing myself to have to move to Durham lol

That's great. So glad it worked out for you.

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Re: Duke at $80k or Columbia at Sticker?

Postby HarvardHopeful95 » Sun Apr 23, 2017 1:22 pm

Npret wrote:
HarvardHopeful95 wrote:
Npret wrote:
HarvardHopeful95 wrote:
Pragmatic Gun wrote:
Lavitz wrote:Columbia is not worth $100,000 more than Duke.


Crisis averted. I got a 50% scholarship at Columbia

Congrats! So does that make it cheaper than Duke now?


Yeah, all in all it will be cheaper than Duke. I was surprised that they gave me more money than Duke and 3x more than Chicago. I was preparing myself to have to move to Durham lol

That's great. So glad it worked out for you.


Thanks so much!

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Re: Duke at $80k or Columbia at Sticker?

Postby Hikikomorist » Sun Apr 23, 2017 1:24 pm

Have you gone back to Duke with that offer?

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Re: Duke at $80k or Columbia at Sticker?

Postby ernie » Sun Apr 23, 2017 1:53 pm

Columbia half-ride is a good outcome, but I agree that you should go back to the negotiating table with Duke.

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Re: Duke at $80k or Columbia at Sticker?

Postby HarvardHopeful95 » Sun Apr 23, 2017 3:31 pm

I haven't gone back to Duke. I have already put down my seat deposit for Columbia. My total debt will only be around 100k which will be more than manageable on a big law salary and I think that Columbia is the best place for me to be.

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Re: Duke at $80k or Columbia at Sticker?

Postby Anastasia Dee Dualla » Sun Apr 23, 2017 3:44 pm

As a heads up (and setting aside the false assumption that you are certain to get Biglaw), paying off $100K in student loans is also not a laughing matter; especially with NYC rent etc. If you hadn't already seat deposited, I would have encouraged you to go back to both Chicago and Duke to negotiate toward a full ride. However, what's done is done.

Congratulations on getting into those three great schools and best of luck!




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