Mar 14, 2008, 5:32 PM
Post #171 of 430
lovesapricots & amandadeleted: I'm in the same boat--chuffed to be in at Columbia, but with too little money to say yes unreservedly. I've only heard apocryphal stories about people getting full funding; the best seems to be 1/2, but with next year's tuition almost certain to pass $39,000, even 1/2 leaves (obviously) a tremendous burden. Urgh.
Re: [amandadeleted] Columbia, again
Since we're broaching the taboo of dissecting funding offers anyway, I'm wondering if anyone else had the same experience when they were called: after the initial hello, you're in, huzzah!, etc., I was very straightforwardly told: 1) Columbia is expensive (no duh), 2) my package is small (again, no duh), and 3) more funding usually opens up (I assume, when people reject their offers), and I'm earmarked and may get a better package. No guarantees, but the professor seemed pretty cheerful about it and, again, volunteered the information. Is this a common practice? And should I be holding my breath? And why couldn't they just have given me more to begin with?!
Though I'd want more, I'd go if they upped my package to 1/2 tuition. I've been in New York since college, so I'm already settled. I have some savings and can support myself on freelance work during the year, and I assume that I'll find more work during the summers to chip in some more. All told, I think I can swing $15,000 of my own money over the next two years... which, to clarify, is a crapload of money for me and represents some serious sacrifices for the next 4-5 years. And though I wince typing this, I will probably have some "family support." My parents are in a position where they can and are happy to help, and I don't have it in me to refuse the help.
Basically, if I can graduate with a debt load under $15,000, I'll go. But right now, it doesn't look good.