iamsparticus wrote:Dick Dastardly wrote: Minnesotans get the equivalent of a $15K scholarship just because of tuition reciprocity. .
You've got your numbers a little skewed here...more like $5k break for Minnesotans. Being a MN res hoping to get in to UW I wish you were right.
http://www.law.wisc.edu/prospective/tui ... costs.html
I think this difference in tuition for residents illustrates why UMN is more freehanded with scholarship money than UW. The kids who pay sticker (regardless of residency) pay for those scholarships. UW on the other hand likes to accept a lot of Wisconsinites (past 3 classes matriculated ~60%) so they have a smaller pool of money for merit scholarships.
My bad, that wasn't clear: both "relative scholarship" numbers I threw out in that post were over three years (e.g., the $75K at Illinois).
And you might have a good point about the applicant pools influencing the scholarship availability. I guess I never thought about it quite that way -- we keep attracting all these Wisconsin residents (low tuition, best school in the state, no bar exam=best 3L ever, etc.), and that might be the reason we can't afford to attract some of the non-Wisconsin residents. Good thought.