luxxe wrote:Considering most schools don't guarantee summer funding for 1Ls, it is pretty fantastic. Probably too low to live off of in NYC for a summer, but it could work in DC with some prioritizing. Plus with things like $375/month budgeted for food & $220/month budgeted for local travel, I'm hoping to have some loan money left over for the summers.
Oh totally. I did not mean at all to imply that it was insufficient or unfair--it's still a very generous program. Overall, I was extremely impressed by how GULC structures their programs to allow people to pursue unpaid or low-paying opportunities. Personally, I was very nervous about pursuing a PI career with law school debt, but they seem to make it possible.
A tip on stretching your food dollars in DC--we have really really nice farmers markets here, at least one for every day of the week during the warmer months, and a couple of year-round ones, too. The produce can be so beautiful, yet affordable. And there's Trader Joe's, which is usually cheaper than the regular supermarkets.
And for transportation, in addition to the metro and buses, we have Capital Bikeshare, which is nice if you don't have room in your place to keep a bike.
I was looking at Capital Bikeshare, reminded me of London and their Barclay's bikes. Good to hear that about food dollars, especially with the gym being downstairs from Gerwiz. My metabolism over the past year and a half has increased exponentially and I hate spending a ton of money on mediocre food, an essential reason why I want one of the two rooms with a kitchen and living room (I forget if the efficiency rooms have a kitchen).
And even with CoL at 12 months, it's far more reasonable than I anticipated coming from LA thankfully, but good catch. People out here (in LA) were depicting it as if I'd be spending a lot more than I have to in LA, but it seems only slightly more expensive and if I play my cards right 2L year it seems like it can get cheaper. I could understand how that cost would seem (is) pretty ridiculous though coming from reasonably priced places.