In at Columbia 2015: Blue Pride__Poll better than nyu's ha

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Why have you decieded to join this Pride

My mama made me
8
8%
I love to make cash and lots of it
27
28%
Makes me more appealing to the opposite sex
13
13%
Columbia is the only place that could contain my swagger
32
33%
I simply like to waste away reading in a library for hours
17
18%
 
Total votes: 97

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Re: In at Columbia 2015: Blue Pride__Poll better than nyu's ha

Postby Bronck » Wed Apr 25, 2012 8:14 pm

Corrupty wrote:
Bronck wrote:
Elendil wrote:
icedflames wrote:I was working on a school budget at work, but I don't have the estimated breakdown for COA with me.

Could someone post it? I believe it was in the fin aid letter and was around 80,000 flat


Estimated COA is ~$79,000 give or take a couple hundred. I don't remember the exact number.


Exact number was 79,500


Every time I see this, I get really sad.


Yeah, quite a large number.... Assume at least a 3% increase every year, or ~82,000 year 2, and ~84,500 year 3. Of course a 2L SA helps mitigate some of the loans, and as I said a few pages back, if you're semi-frugal, you certainly won't be using the entire loan budget either. Also, if your parents have health insurance (and you're still eligible to be covered by it), then that can save you an additional 2k a year.

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Re: In at Columbia 2015: Blue Pride__Poll better than nyu's ha

Postby icedflames » Wed Apr 25, 2012 8:52 pm

Corrupty wrote:
Bronck wrote:
Elendil wrote:
icedflames wrote:I was working on a school budget at work, but I don't have the estimated breakdown for COA with me.

Could someone post it? I believe it was in the fin aid letter and was around 80,000 flat


Estimated COA is ~$79,000 give or take a couple hundred. I don't remember the exact number.


Exact number was 79,500


Every time I see this, I get really sad.


Brainstorming ways to reduce cost:
Living in someone's closet for $100/month
Eating once a day
...
more to come

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Re: In at Columbia 2015: Blue Pride__Poll better than nyu's ha

Postby Elliott_Smith » Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:04 pm

What's up with the multiple move in date options on the housing form? Do we just list three preferences??

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Postby Corrupty » Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:11 pm

Elliott_Smith wrote:What's up with the multiple move in date options on the housing form? Do we just list three preferences??


I think so. I read somewhere, maybe, that all of the move-ins are on the same date because we start so early. I could be wrong though.

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Re: In at Columbia 2015: Blue Pride__Poll better than nyu's ha

Postby Tiago Splitter » Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:13 pm

Corrupty wrote:
Elliott_Smith wrote:What's up with the multiple move in date options on the housing form? Do we just list three preferences??


I think so. I read somewhere, maybe, that all of the move-ins are on the same date because we start so early. I could be wrong though.


I actually get the impression that they don't want everyone moving in at the same time, which is why they ask us to rank the top three and then assign dates out from there.

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Re: In at Columbia 2015: Blue Pride__Poll better than nyu's ha

Postby Elliott_Smith » Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:16 pm

Sounds good. I might just move in a week early to spend some time in NYC

Edit: (before the fun begins)

I'm assuming the smart thing to do is borrow the projected cost of attendance the first year, and then take out less next year if you don't end up spending it all?

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Re: In at Columbia 2015: Blue Pride__Poll better than nyu's ha

Postby Bronck » Thu Apr 26, 2012 3:50 am

Elliott_Smith wrote:Sounds good. I might just move in a week early to spend some time in NYC

Edit: (before the fun begins)

I'm assuming the smart thing to do is borrow the projected cost of attendance the first year, and then take out less next year if you don't end up spending it all?


That's what I'm going to do.

Under the 2012-2013 awards section, mine says:
- Grant: 25k
- Perkins Loan: 2.5k
- Stafford Loan: 20.5k

Budget Total: 79,950

So on the loan request form I write down: 20,500 for Stafford and then 31,950 for Grad PLUS (and assume they'll add the 2500 Perkins to cover the other 2500)?

ETA: I guess it's technically 79,350 now since we deposited 600 lol
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Re: In at Columbia 2015: Blue Pride__Poll better than nyu's ha

Postby yepyepyep » Thu Apr 26, 2012 4:02 am

Depositing tomorrow!
Just felt like I needed to announce that here for some reason...
Will look forward to meeting you all.

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Re: In at Columbia 2015: Blue Pride__Poll better than nyu's ha

Postby Bronck » Thu Apr 26, 2012 4:09 am

yepyepyep wrote:Depositing tomorrow!
Just felt like I needed to announce that here for some reason...
Will look forward to meeting you all.


See ya in August!

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Re: In at Columbia 2015: Blue Pride__Poll better than nyu's ha

Postby candycat » Thu Apr 26, 2012 8:41 am

Did anyone receive a confirmation email after depositing? I didn't receive anything so not sure if my deposit went through..

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Re: In at Columbia 2015: Blue Pride__Poll better than nyu's ha

Postby Bronck » Thu Apr 26, 2012 8:50 am

candycat wrote:Did anyone receive a confirmation email after depositing? I didn't receive anything so not sure if my deposit went through..


nope, if you read a couple pages back, other people didn't. It already cleared as a charge on my credit card, so that's confirmation to me.

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Re: In at Columbia 2015: Blue Pride__Poll better than nyu's ha

Postby blue_c » Thu Apr 26, 2012 9:55 am

Depositing today

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Re: In at Columbia 2015: Blue Pride__Poll better than nyu's ha

Postby Elliott_Smith » Thu Apr 26, 2012 11:17 am

Bronck wrote:
Elliott_Smith wrote:Sounds good. I might just move in a week early to spend some time in NYC

Edit: (before the fun begins)

I'm assuming the smart thing to do is borrow the projected cost of attendance the first year, and then take out less next year if you don't end up spending it all?


That's what I'm going to do.

Under the 2012-2013 awards section, mine says:
- Grant: 25k
- Perkins Loan: 2.5k
- Stafford Loan: 20.5k

Budget Total: 79,950

So on the loan request form I write down: 20,500 for Stafford and then 31,950 for Grad PLUS (and assume they'll add the 2500 Perkins to cover the other 2500)?

ETA: I guess it's technically 79,350 now since we deposited 600 lol


Sweet, that makes sense. I can't imagine using more than that.

Sending in housing and loan stuffs today. excited.

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Re: In at Columbia 2015: Blue Pride__Poll better than nyu's ha

Postby jetissent » Thu Apr 26, 2012 1:22 pm

Well it took them 5 months to answer my app and only 4 days to get me my award offer! They came within 10k of NYU so I think I am going to be enrolling. Taking a day or two to think about it but I think I'll be in Morningside Heights next year! :)

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Re: In at Columbia 2015: Blue Pride__Poll better than nyu's ha

Postby hypothalamus » Thu Apr 26, 2012 1:31 pm

jetissent wrote:Well it took them 5 months to answer my app and only 4 days to get me my award offer! They came within 10k of NYU so I think I am going to be enrolling. Taking a day or two to think about it but I think I'll be in Morningside Heights next year! :)


Sellout. :P

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Postby jetissent » Thu Apr 26, 2012 1:56 pm

hypothalamus wrote:
jetissent wrote:Well it took them 5 months to answer my app and only 4 days to get me my award offer! They came within 10k of NYU so I think I am going to be enrolling. Taking a day or two to think about it but I think I'll be in Morningside Heights next year! :)


Sellout. :P



See I thought I'd like NYU more until I was actually at Columbia... Don't get me wrong, NYU was amazing. But the students seemed almost completely interchangeable and I liked the housing at CU 100x more. Also I lack self control so the village, as much as I love it, is probably not the best place for me to go to school.... :D

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Re: In at Columbia 2015: Blue Pride__Poll better than nyu's ha

Postby hypothalamus » Thu Apr 26, 2012 2:09 pm

jetissent wrote:
hypothalamus wrote:
jetissent wrote:Well it took them 5 months to answer my app and only 4 days to get me my award offer! They came within 10k of NYU so I think I am going to be enrolling. Taking a day or two to think about it but I think I'll be in Morningside Heights next year! :)


Sellout. :P



See I thought I'd like NYU more until I was actually at Columbia... Don't get me wrong, NYU was amazing. But the students seemed almost completely interchangeable and I liked the housing at CU 100x more. Also I lack self control so the village, as much as I love it, is probably not the best place for me to go to school.... :D


I didn't see the housing at either school, as I figured that's a bad reason to choose a law school anyway :D

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Re: In at Columbia 2015: Blue Pride__Poll better than nyu's ha

Postby jetissent » Thu Apr 26, 2012 2:12 pm

You might be undervaluing the benefits of sanity on academic success. Also school or not, it's 3 years of your life! Are you leaning towards NYU?

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Re: In at Columbia 2015: Blue Pride__Poll better than nyu's ha

Postby hypothalamus » Thu Apr 26, 2012 2:15 pm

jetissent wrote:You might be undervaluing the benefits of sanity on academic success. Also school or not, it's 3 years of your life! Are you leaning towards NYU?


Yep :). I liked Columbia, but didn't leave with any excitement in the stomach... I thought that was normal because it's grad school. Then I visited NYU and loved it. I also got 3 times more money there, so that helped solidify my decision. :)

What is it you hated so much about NYU housing? PM if you want... People might get mad we're discussing another school in Columbia's thread :P

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Re: In at Columbia 2015: Blue Pride__Poll better than nyu's ha

Postby jetissent » Thu Apr 26, 2012 2:36 pm

NYU housing was fine--I just preferred CU. Pmed with way more detail. :)

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Re: In at Columbia 2015: Blue Pride__Poll better than nyu's ha

Postby Boston_NYG2245 » Thu Apr 26, 2012 3:01 pm

Bronck wrote:
candycat wrote:Did anyone receive a confirmation email after depositing? I didn't receive anything so not sure if my deposit went through..


nope, if you read a couple pages back, other people didn't. It already cleared as a charge on my credit card, so that's confirmation to me.


I got an email about a week later with information on setting up an email address and all the pre-registration stuff I need to do. It began with a thank you for the deposit.

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Re: In at Columbia 2015: Blue Pride__Poll better than nyu's ha

Postby Bronck » Thu Apr 26, 2012 3:02 pm

Boston_NYG2245 wrote:
Bronck wrote:
candycat wrote:Did anyone receive a confirmation email after depositing? I didn't receive anything so not sure if my deposit went through..


nope, if you read a couple pages back, other people didn't. It already cleared as a charge on my credit card, so that's confirmation to me.


I got an email about a week later with information on setting up an email address and all the pre-registration stuff I need to do. It began with a thank you for the deposit.


Oh cool thanks for the heads up! Can't wait to get that email :D

ETA: Deposited last Thursday so hopefully I'll get that soon.

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Re: In at Columbia 2015: Blue Pride__Poll better than nyu's ha

Postby Bronck » Thu Apr 26, 2012 8:25 pm

Just submitted my MPNs. Guess it's time to fill out the Loan Request Form and send it to Columbia.

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Re: In at Columbia 2015: Blue Pride__Poll better than nyu's ha

Postby Elliott_Smith » Fri Apr 27, 2012 12:17 am

Filled out housing. Loans are up next! If I'm covered under my parents plan, I don't need Columbia health insurance, correct? I can just knock 2k off grad plus?

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Re: In at Columbia 2015: Blue Pride__Poll better than nyu's ha

Postby Bronck » Fri Apr 27, 2012 12:21 am

Elliott_Smith wrote:Filled out housing. Loans are up next! If I'm covered under my parents plan, I don't need Columbia health insurance, correct? I can just knock 2k off grad plus?


I had the same exact question, but I *believe* so.

Unrelated, but one of my friends at NYU said that you only really spend money on books the first semester (since they have high resale value), which means we could potentially be shaving 1.5k off 2L and 3L years too (that's how much CLS budgets in their COA estimates).
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