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northside
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Re: UIUC 2015

Postby northside » Tue Mar 20, 2012 1:47 pm

sent in my negotiation e-mail this morning. My timing is impeccably horrible.

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Re: UIUC 2015

Postby hadisious » Tue Mar 20, 2012 1:47 pm

northside wrote:sent in my negotiation e-mail this morning. My timing is impeccably horrible.

Eh, I think everybody is doing this right about now.

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Re: UIUC 2015

Postby givemea170 » Tue Mar 20, 2012 1:54 pm

btw384 wrote:Just got my negotiation email back. They bumped me up to 25% tuition (around $12k/year) from $5k/year. Definitely an improvement (which I am happy about :D ), but it still leaves a pretty huge COA (which I am scared about :? ).

I have a few other negotiations out right now that will hopefully come through in the next week or so. Then it is decision time!



If they bump me up from 5K to 25%, I would be extremely happy.

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Re: UIUC 2015

Postby btw384 » Tue Mar 20, 2012 2:53 pm

givemea170 wrote:
btw384 wrote:Just got my negotiation email back. They bumped me up to 25% tuition (around $12k/year) from $5k/year. Definitely an improvement (which I am happy about :D ), but it still leaves a pretty huge COA (which I am scared about :? ).

I have a few other negotiations out right now that will hopefully come through in the next week or so. Then it is decision time!



If they bump me up from 5K to 25%, I would be extremely happy.

Oh, I am. It makes attending more of a possibility, but COA is still pretty huge. I've been looking through their COA estimates, though, and they seem to be way high-balling it. $12k a year for room and board in Champaign? I don't know the city very well, but that seems pretty outrageously high.

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Re: UIUC 2015

Postby blurbz » Tue Mar 20, 2012 3:00 pm

btw384 wrote:
givemea170 wrote:
btw384 wrote:Just got my negotiation email back. They bumped me up to 25% tuition (around $12k/year) from $5k/year. Definitely an improvement (which I am happy about :D ), but it still leaves a pretty huge COA (which I am scared about :? ).

I have a few other negotiations out right now that will hopefully come through in the next week or so. Then it is decision time!



If they bump me up from 5K to 25%, I would be extremely happy.

Oh, I am. It makes attending more of a possibility, but COA is still pretty huge. I've been looking through their COA estimates, though, and they seem to be way high-balling it. $12k a year for room and board in Champaign? I don't know the city very well, but that seems pretty outrageously high.


It is.

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Re: UIUC 2015

Postby wolverine10 » Tue Mar 20, 2012 3:55 pm

Just out of curiosity what do people with familiarity in the area think COL would be if UIUC isn't very accurate.

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Re: UIUC 2015

Postby givemea170 » Tue Mar 20, 2012 4:19 pm

blurbz wrote:
btw384 wrote:
givemea170 wrote:
btw384 wrote:Just got my negotiation email back. They bumped me up to 25% tuition (around $12k/year) from $5k/year. Definitely an improvement (which I am happy about :D ), but it still leaves a pretty huge COA (which I am scared about :? ).

I have a few other negotiations out right now that will hopefully come through in the next week or so. Then it is decision time!



If they bump me up from 5K to 25%, I would be extremely happy.

Oh, I am. It makes attending more of a possibility, but COA is still pretty huge. I've been looking through their COA estimates, though, and they seem to be way high-balling it. $12k a year for room and board in Champaign? I don't know the city very well, but that seems pretty outrageously high.


It is.


What else does COA actually include? Dumb question maybe, but if it includes every single thing you may spend your money on, 12K sounds about right.

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Re: UIUC 2015

Postby mattviphky » Tue Mar 20, 2012 4:39 pm

schools tend to overestimate, because what they post is the max that you can borrow. So they try to cater to the highest denominator, and many people will fall below that. I was looking at SLU, and they post a pretty high COL, as well as like 6k for miscellanious. They even have a transportation estimate! When looking at SLU coa, it comes out to like nearly 8k a year higher than it needs to be, but UIUC seems a little more spartan than that. So just because you CAN borrow up to that amount, doesn't mean you should.

givemea170 wrote:What else does COA actually include? Dumb question maybe, but if it includes every single thing you may spend your money on, 12K sounds about right.


they also let you borrow $2,700 for "other expenses"

just for comparison.
http://www.law.illinois.edu/prospective ... d-expenses

http://slu.edu/x49969.xml

So UIUC seems a little bit more in-line with reality.

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Re: UIUC 2015

Postby mattviphky » Tue Mar 20, 2012 5:33 pm

twice sent a negotiation letter, twice denied. Still, I'm going to UIUC, regardless. The acceptance alone was unexpected, but the money was big for me.

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Re: UIUC 2015

Postby monkeysez » Tue Mar 20, 2012 6:04 pm

wolverine10 wrote:Just got a new scholarship offer. Up from 25% to 50%. Makes my decision tougher now.


Did you do anything extra or did they contact you for the scholarship increase? I am at 25% on the fence about attending, and would definitely attend if I got bumped up.

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Re: UIUC 2015

Postby hoosierball » Tue Mar 20, 2012 6:19 pm

monkeysez wrote:
wolverine10 wrote:Just got a new scholarship offer. Up from 25% to 50%. Makes my decision tougher now.


Did you do anything extra or did they contact you for the scholarship increase? I am at 25% on the fence about attending, and would definitely attend if I got bumped up.


you ask, you send them an email

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Re: UIUC 2015

Postby jsvaughn » Tue Mar 20, 2012 6:22 pm

negotiated up to 25% from 5k, still a lot more expensive than alabama who gave me 20k a year though

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Re: UIUC 2015

Postby hoosierball » Tue Mar 20, 2012 6:28 pm

jsvaughn wrote:negotiated up to 25% from 5k, still a lot more expensive than alabama who gave me 20k a year though


roll tide

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Re: UIUC 2015

Postby givemea170 » Tue Mar 20, 2012 6:38 pm

jsvaughn wrote:negotiated up to 25% from 5k, still a lot more expensive than alabama who gave me 20k a year though


Damn, looks like they are bumping up everyone from 5K to 25%. Hope I'm not the one sad soul left behind. :lol:

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Re: UIUC 2015

Postby flyingduck » Tue Mar 20, 2012 8:23 pm

Renegotiated from $9k to half tuition. Shoot for the sky, guys.

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Re: UIUC 2015

Postby tooswolle » Tue Mar 20, 2012 8:41 pm

I was denied my request to receive increased aid. Guess I'll be deferring a year or taking another top rated school I've been accepted to on their offer. Sucks as I really liked U.I.U.C! But given the current market conditions it's a huge risk to assume 166k in debt (not including compounding interest) to be a lawyer when many are struggling to find employment. Definitely sucks and kind of bummed!!!!

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Re: UIUC 2015

Postby in2win » Tue Mar 20, 2012 8:55 pm

tooswolle wrote:I was denied my request to receive increased aid. Guess I'll be deferring a year or taking another top rated school I've been accepted to on their offer. Sucks as I really liked U.I.U.C! But given the current market conditions it's a huge risk to assume 166k in debt (not including compounding interest) to be a lawyer when many are struggling to find employment. Definitely sucks and kind of bummed!!!!


would have to say your still making the right decision.

could you imagine watching that debt continue to grow while you struggle to find a legal job. that would such a shitty situation to be in. no reason to put yourself through that

also, another year to figure shit out/ improve yourself wouldn't be that bad

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Re: UIUC 2015

Postby tooswolle » Tue Mar 20, 2012 9:04 pm

in2win wrote:
tooswolle wrote:I was denied my request to receive increased aid. Guess I'll be deferring a year or taking another top rated school I've been accepted to on their offer. Sucks as I really liked U.I.U.C! But given the current market conditions it's a huge risk to assume 166k in debt (not including compounding interest) to be a lawyer when many are struggling to find employment. Definitely sucks and kind of bummed!!!!


would have to say your still making the right decision.

could you imagine watching that debt continue to grow while you struggle to find a legal job. that would such a shitty situation to be in. no reason to put yourself through that

also, another year to figure shit out/ improve yourself wouldn't be that bad


Yea it kind of sucks. I under performed my lsat. Reading comp was my strongest section but for some reason I glazed over it on test day (probably test day anxiety) I also have a solid job. If I waited a year I could probably have 30-40K in savings to use...by then I probably wouldn't want to use that lol!!!! Who knows though this is a tough decision as I've been offered 75% at MSU and would graduate with little debt....sigh....

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Re: UIUC 2015

Postby diegoforlan10 » Tue Mar 20, 2012 9:06 pm

How long has it been taking for everyone to receive their scholarship negotiation responses? I sent an e-mail on Saturday (stupid, I know) and still haven't heard back.

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Re: UIUC 2015

Postby wolverine10 » Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:26 pm

How long has it been taking for everyone to receive their scholarship negotiation responses? I sent an e-mail on Saturday (stupid, I know) and still haven't heard back.


I sent a request the saturday before the rankings came out on March 10th. I got a response today. Increase from 25% to 50%

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Re: UIUC 2015

Postby givemea170 » Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:26 pm

For those of you who have had successful scholarship increase requests, what are your stats if you don't mind me asking as well as what you increased from and to?

I would think they would give scholarship increases to kind of hope to build their profile one way or another.

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Re: UIUC 2015

Postby LST » Tue Mar 20, 2012 11:02 pm

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Re: UIUC 2015

Postby wolverine10 » Wed Mar 21, 2012 1:06 am

For those of you who have had successful scholarship increase requests, what are your stats if you don't mind me asking as well as what you increased from and to?


3.5 165 increase from 25% to 50%. I explained to them I had a full ride in my home market and even though it it ranked well below Illinois it is appealing to graduate where your from with no debt.

Thanks LST for the reply by the way

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Re: UIUC 2015

Postby t14retaker » Wed Mar 21, 2012 1:58 am

guys~now I get 25% scholly from UIUC, and $20,000 from Cardozo, and which one should I choose?

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Re: UIUC 2015

Postby tmon » Wed Mar 21, 2012 2:04 am

t14retaker wrote:guys~now I get 25% scholly from UIUC, and $20,000 from Cardozo, and which one should I choose?

Need more info. Mainly: where do you want to work, and what are the total costs for both?




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