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  1. bluebunny added a post in a topic harvard financial decision   

    Looking purely from a numbers perspective, $200K of debt on a combined income of $150K (assuming your son's fiancee makes about $50K) is doable. Debt payments would total about $28K/year for 10 years @ 6.8%, and federal income tax would be about $30K/year, leaving about $92K take-home pay. This is equivalent to a combined income of $112K with no debt payments.

    Also, it seems like buying a house is no longer assumed for this generation, especially in urban areas where an MPP grad is likely to live. It sounds like that's a tradeoff your son is willing to make to pursue the career he wants.
  2. bluebunny added a post in a topic Is this admission @UIUC.. I am so confused   

    The letter says you must find a research advisor who is willing to fund you, before you can be admitted.
  3. bluebunny added a post in a topic taxation and other questions   

    Based on 2012 tax tables, your federal taxable income is $29k - $3,800 exemption - $5,950 standard deduction = $19,250, which gives a tax of $2,450 and a monthly net income of about $2,250.
  4. bluebunny added a post in a topic Contacting schools for feedback   

    Probably the best time to do this would be over the summer, when faculty aren't busy with classes and the incoming class is more or less set.
  5. bluebunny added a post in a topic Updating Education on Facebook   

    I've seen many people update it when they've made their decision to enroll, as sort of an official FB announcement.
  6. bluebunny added a post in a topic Waiting out the Waitlist!   

    Unless this is a super small program, it's probably the case that they accepted, for example, 20 people for an entering class of 15. If so, then you'd need 2 more than the expected 5 to decline the offer.
  7. bluebunny added a post in a topic Should I take the GRE again? (Applying for M.A. Education)   

    Your V and Q scores are high enough for Master's in Education programs (HGSE's averages are 600V/660Q). Your writing score is a bit lower than most program's averages, but not significantly so. Since you're applying for Fall 2013, you have time to prepare for a retake, but on the other hand, you'd have to prep for the new test format, which may or may not play to your strengths.
  8. bluebunny added a post in a topic Where can I find practice tests?   

    The PowerPrep software has one or two practice tests, which are pretty close to the real thing in difficulty and pace.
  9. bluebunny added a post in a topic Help me decide? Please?   

    I'd choose between Vanderbilt (best reputation) or BC (Catholic university near large city) and eliminate the others.
  10. bluebunny added a post in a topic What Grad School Field Gives the Most Hits in the Results Search?   

    2nd most popular word I found was "computer" with 14,915.

    How about most popular schools? The following had over 4,000:
    Columbia 6183, Berkeley 5512, Stanford 5026, Harvard 4816, Yale 4064, Cornell 4021
  11. bluebunny added a post in a topic Updated Engineering Rankings   


    They're #21 in EE.
  12. bluebunny added a post in a topic Asking for an extension?   

    If everyone on a waitlist asked for extensions, wouldn't that just drag out the process even longer? Programs want to see who commits by April 15 before going to their waitlist.
  13. bluebunny added a post in a topic Updated Engineering Rankings   


    Drexel is tied for #35 with 6 other schools.
  14. bluebunny added a post in a topic Updated Engineering Rankings   

    No specific photonics ranking, but BU is #48 in Electrical Engineering and #58 in Materials Science and Engineering.