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  1. Jumping in to say that I spoke to someone who graduated in 2020 who told me that they were increasing the size of their programs every year for 3 or 4 years, which started with the 2019 incoming class, so those numbers are right. I think they aim to have very large incoming class sizes from now on, so take that for what it is...
  2. It’s probably best to do a cost-benefit analysis. Figure out how much in loans plus living costs you’d have to take out, then how long it will take you to pay them off with all of your current financial obligations. That should clear things up for you. In my opinion, it’s not worth it. You could always apply to more local low-cost programs that give you the quantitative skills necessary for a funded PhD, thus avoiding huge debt.
  3. I have not. I highly doubt the magazine means anything. Just let it go, people.
  4. You can be finalist and still not get in for sure. Think of the fellowship as existing more on the financial aid side of things then the admissions side of things.
  5. I think 30-35K is the max. I tried to negotiate when I was accepted in a previous cycle using offers from other programs (equal and higher ranked) and they did not budge. You can definitely try, though, if you get better funding offers.
  6. I concur with this. Although Harris’ MPP program is stellar, at admitted students day folks talked about the massive increase in class size that will be ongoing for the next few years and how it’s already strained things a bit. They also did not match financial offers I had from similar and higher ranked schools. That could possibly be because they’ve invested so much in trying to recruit literally hundreds of students, thus the cash cow vibes.
  7. Think about it this way: when you account for cost of living, HKS will mean over $150,000 in loans. In five years you would look back and wonder why you didn’t take the full funding offer at an equally impressive program just for the brand name of Harvard.
  8. This seems like an important thread to bring to the top since some folks on her are considering taking out huge loans to go to get an MPP/MPA. I personally am going to the school that will cost the least. So far, my options will be around ~25-30K max over two years. How are some of you deciding where to attend relative to the amount of student loan debt you may potentially be in?
  9. Anybody think universities will push deposit dates back since many of us have to make a big decision without being able to visit universities due to COVID19?
  10. I don’t really believe that person received an acceptance earlier than expected... I could be wrong, though.
  11. I believe decisions should be out sometime next week based on decision results from prior years. Who else applied?
  12. Thank you for the advice. I know Heinz has a housing brochure, but in your opinion what are the best neighborhoods to live in based on accessibility to school and shops nearby?
  13. I received an email to check the portal yesterday and got in as well with $$$! When is the best time to look for housing?
  14. Hey everyone, we might as well get this thread started. What track did you apply for? I applied for the Pittsburgh track! Heinz is one of my top choices.
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