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Dignan
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Re: In at Berkeley Law!

Postby Dignan » Thu Apr 01, 2010 4:02 pm

I just got 75K in merit money! I was not expecting this.

general100
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Re: In at Berkeley Law!

Postby general100 » Thu Apr 01, 2010 4:09 pm

by email?

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Dignan
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Re: In at Berkeley Law!

Postby Dignan » Thu Apr 01, 2010 4:10 pm

general100 wrote:by email?

Yes.

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Re: In at Berkeley Law!

Postby crackberry » Sat Apr 03, 2010 8:58 pm

Well, congratulations Cal, you won the Women's NIT.

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Re: In at Berkeley Law!

Postby Dignan » Sat Apr 03, 2010 9:10 pm

crackberry wrote:Well, congratulations Cal, you won the Women's NIT.

Here's to Stanford somehow knocking off UConn so that we can get a Bay Area sweep of the women's national basketball championships.

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Re: In at Berkeley Law!

Postby JollyGreenGiant » Sun Apr 04, 2010 2:08 am

Dignan wrote:
crackberry wrote:Well, congratulations Cal, you won the Women's NIT.

Here's to Stanford somehow knocking off UConn so that we can get a Bay Area sweep of the women's national basketball championships.

Somehow I think that is pretty equivalant to being as likely as me getting a Stanford acceptance.

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Re: In at Berkeley Law!

Postby Core » Sun Apr 04, 2010 5:23 pm

Dignan wrote:I just got 75K in merit money! I was not expecting this.

Congrats :). You definitely deserve it.
Sorry if this is the wrong thread for this (I posted this in the Berkeley 2010 thread but realized this is probably a better place for it), but I logged into Bearfacts (really just on a whim without receiving any e-mails telling me I had an offer waiting) and it says I have a law grant of $16,000 for the '10-'11 year. Anybody know if this award is guaranteed to be renewed in the '11-'12 and '12-'13 years (in other words, is it really an offer of $48,000, but over three years)? Moreover, you guys know if this is a need or merit-based award, or a combo of the two (kind of like how Chicago combines them, or is it like UCLA where the two are completely separate); should I expect to receive an additional award from Berkeley? Thanks.

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Re: In at Berkeley Law!

Postby Dignan » Sun Apr 04, 2010 5:27 pm

Core,

I responded to you in the other thread.

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Re: In at Berkeley Law!

Postby Core » Sun Apr 04, 2010 5:32 pm

Dignan wrote:Core,

I responded to you in the other thread.

You rock!

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Re: In at Berkeley Law!

Postby crackberry » Sun Apr 04, 2010 5:50 pm

Dignan, how does your recent haul from UCB change your perspective on things (if at all)?

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Re: In at Berkeley Law!

Postby Dignan » Sun Apr 04, 2010 6:13 pm

crackberry wrote:Dignan, how does your recent haul from UCB change your perspective on things (if at all)?

The Berkeley scholly definitely changed my perspective. Before the award, I was leaning towards CLS; now, I'm leaning towards Berkeley.

I'm a CA resident, so the difference in COA between CLS and Berkeley is more than $75K for me. And when you add in little things like health insurance (at Berkeley, health insurance is covered by your tuition; at CLS, it's a separate $2K/yr charge) and the slightly higher COL in Manhattan, Berkeley will easily be $100K cheaper than CLS over three years. I have money saved up after years of work, so I could get out of Berkeley with just $20K-$30K in debt--or, if I get a 2L summer firm job, no debt at all. That is hard to pass up.

I'm still open to the idea of attending CLS, but they're probably going to have to offer me some $$ to pull me away from Berkeley. And I suppose there's a chance that I'll go to Berkeley's ASD on Friday and be really turned off by the experience. I doubt it, though.

Oh, and as you almost surely know, I would choose Yale over the other two in a heartbeat. But I think the chances of me getting accepted by Yale are so remote that I'm not even really counting it as an option. If I manage to win the YLS admissions lottery, I'll be thrilled. I am, however, proceeding under the assumption that it's not happening.

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Re: In at Berkeley Law!

Postby daviddel03 » Sun Apr 04, 2010 6:31 pm

Do you guys know if they're pretty much done giving aid? Has the process just begun, or should i be worried that nothing appears in Bearfacts?

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Re: In at Berkeley Law!

Postby Dignan » Sun Apr 04, 2010 6:37 pm

daviddel03 wrote:Do you guys know if they're pretty much done giving aid? Has the process just begun, or should i be worried that nothing appears in Bearfacts?

Berkeley says that they hand out aid on a rolling basis. From what I can tell about past years, they tend to give out most of their grants during the middle of April. I was surprised to get an award last week.

Between LSN and here, only three people have reported getting aid. I seriously doubt that Berkeley is anywhere close to done. If you want more than speculation, I suggest giving them a call on Monday.

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Re: In at Berkeley Law!

Postby Kretzy » Sun Apr 04, 2010 6:51 pm

Finally got around to checking my BearFacts report; 17K in grant money (at least for 1L), but no mention of scholarships. I'm withdrawing tomorrow regardless, but this looks like some money going back into the pot :)

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Re: In at Berkeley Law!

Postby smov_operator » Sun Apr 04, 2010 6:52 pm

Kretzy wrote:Finally got around to checking my BearFacts report; 17K in grant money (at least for 1L), but no mention of scholarships. I'm withdrawing tomorrow regardless, but this looks like some money going back into the pot :)


I'm going to be adding some to yours, Kretzy, but mine is a little larger so It's harder to let go.

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Re: In at Berkeley Law!

Postby Kretzy » Sun Apr 04, 2010 6:55 pm

smov_operator wrote:
Kretzy wrote:Finally got around to checking my BearFacts report; 17K in grant money (at least for 1L), but no mention of scholarships. I'm withdrawing tomorrow regardless, but this looks like some money going back into the pot :)


I'm going to be adding some to yours, Kretzy, but mine is a little larger so It's harder to let go.


Your grant was incredible. I never applied for matching, so I don't know what they would've done in light of my money from SLS. Does this mean you're set on Stanford?

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Re: In at Berkeley Law!

Postby Eigenvalue A » Mon Apr 05, 2010 6:58 pm

Does anyone know if grant and merit scholarships are awarded separately? My Bear Facts page says I received a nice 15K grant for 2010-2011, but I'm not sure if that means I'm getting $0 from the matching program.

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Re: In at Berkeley Law!

Postby spiffypyro » Mon Apr 05, 2010 7:34 pm

Just called the financial aid office and they told me that they were hoping to have all financial aid offers posted on Bearfacts tomorrow...!

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Re: In at Berkeley Law!

Postby jadjerd » Mon Apr 05, 2010 7:44 pm

same here, $17K. What does it mean?

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Re: In at Berkeley Law!

Postby dudester » Mon Apr 05, 2010 8:11 pm

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Re: In at Berkeley Law!

Postby pleasepickme » Mon Apr 05, 2010 8:35 pm

Okay, so I'm confused. I just went to go check the status of my financial aid award, and it says that my file is incomplete. I've given them FAFSA, Need Access, and the Matching Scholarship form, and I just double checked to make sure that they were all submitted properly. What more could they want?

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Re: In at Berkeley Law!

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general100
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Re: In at Berkeley Law!

Postby general100 » Tue Apr 06, 2010 10:52 am

Just logged into BearFacts to find $74,000 worth of loans and not a dime in institutional aid. Not good. Might take a decent scholarship from Vanderbilt, instead.

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Re: In at Berkeley Law!

Postby Amelie » Tue Apr 06, 2010 10:59 am

general100 wrote:Just logged into BearFacts to find $74,000 worth of loans and not a dime in institutional aid. Not good.


Same here. I'm still going to ASW, but it looks like Berkeley is out of the running :(

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Re: In at Berkeley Law!

Postby Kronk » Tue Apr 06, 2010 11:56 am

Amelie wrote:
general100 wrote:Just logged into BearFacts to find $74,000 worth of loans and not a dime in institutional aid. Not good.


Same here. I'm still going to ASW, but it looks like Berkeley is out of the running :(


Sorry. What does that mean? UVa?

Also--where on BearFacts does it list? I still don't have any FinAid information assuming I'm looking in the right place.




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