weaselology wrote:Since a lot of people have been posting about Hastings' cost I thought I would aggregate what I have found out so far, as I plan to attend next year.
Based on this memo: --LinkRemoved--, tuition/fees/medical is slated to rise to $50,310 for next year for out of state students and $39,085 for instate.
Based on ABA data http://officialguide.lsac.org/SearchResults/SchoolPage_PDFs/ABA_LawSchoolData/ABA4342.pdf, ~3/4ths of students receive grants with the median value being $6,000. However, according to the memo from the school, 1/3rd of the increase in tuition is going to need based financial aid, so that at least partially offsets the rise in tuition.
Several people have stated that Hastings does not provide merit scholarships. This is untrue as I received one. That being said, based on my research into the school I believe most of their aid is indeed need based.
It seems that based on residency requirements for the UC system, it is relatively easy to achieve resident status after the first year. This would obviously reduce the all-in cost substantially. Further speculation on my part: the economy is not going to melt down further and will in fact recover this year. This would lead to a much better budget situation in California, blunting the need for future insane year over year tuition increases.
Also, Hastings is in San Francisco which, at least to my tastes, is the best city on Earth. Is it expensive there? Yes. Is it awesome? Yes.
I realize that Hastings is not funded by the UC Board of Regents (http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/r ... y09/j2.pdf) but there seems to be every indication you are going to see a tuition of 42-44k a year for residents by 2011-2012 (in line with Irvine/UCLA/Davis). That brings cost of attendance to around 62-64k a year. 6 grand seems pretty petty in comparison to that massive cost. When did you hear of a merit scholarship offer? As far as I know Hastings has not sent out merit scholarship information, could be off base here.
It is crazy anyway you put it. Might be a nice vacation (in the tenderloin that is debatable), but it is going to be a damn well expensive one.
I really feel for the 2L and 3L Hastings students that got in at a time in which resident tuition was reasonable and semi-decent employment opportunities only to find a exploding economic collapse at the school. Really solid, smart students too.