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  1. I was offered 10K in work study and 20K in unsubsidized loans. HGSE was a dream, and I truly (apparently, naively) hoped they were a little more generous when it came to financial aid, but when it comes down to it, I just can’t stomach taking on 80K in debt (which would be conservative given relocation costs, housing, and childcare). I feel much better about doing my program in state at UT Austin and leaving with very little, if any, debt, even though it’s obviously not Harvard.

    Congratulations and good luck to everyone who can make it to HGSE!

  2. 11 hours ago, Lfss said:

    I currently live in Somerville (just north of Cambridge) - plenty of housing although "affordable" is a bit of a joke anywhere in the Boston area. My old place was $700 for a three bedroom which was a VERY rare deal. I'd expect rents between $800 and $1000 per person depending on # of roommates and location.

    Also very curious about working during the program...

    Good to know! What is the commute like? How about parking on campus?

  3. Does anyone know how difficult it is to find nearby (affordable!) housing or if many students work during the program? If one does work, how many hours do you think is reasonable? (EPM)

  4. On 3/29/2011 at 3:24 PM, hopingforgradschool said:

    So I got accepted to HGSE's master's program in prevention science and haven't received financial aid info yet, but the worst case scenario is I will be borrowing the maximum $60k or so. Do you guys think this investment will be worth it? I will also have $35k in loans from undergrad, so my total will be just under $100k!!! I will also be going straight from undergrad so I won't have full-time work experience under my belt. Prevention science does have a required practicum so that will give me work experience. I also volunteered throughout high school and for several months in college at a bunch of education sites (after school programs and the like), so those might help in helping me find a job. I was so excited to get in, but I'm just not sure if I can or should shoulder this debt. My undergrad degree is in a soft science so I doubt I can get a job with it alone. What do you guys think? I welcome all opinions.

    What did you end up doing? I’ve been accepted to HGSE EPM and wondering the same thing... 

  5. 21 hours ago, shibalnom said:

    I'm expecting to have my first child in two months. Depending on if I get into my second choice or not, I plan to attend Harvard in the fall.

    Wow! Are you being other family with you? What are your plans for childcare?

  6. On 4/4/2011 at 9:11 AM, Airwick said:

    I hope to meet motivated, like-minded people who are interested in starting an education initiative, so I am more than willing to take out a loan in pursuit of this dream... :)

    I know it’s been a whil, but did 


    On 8/31/2011 at 10:56 PM, hopingforgradschool said:

    Hey guys, so I ultimately chose Harvard over Columbia, Stanford, and Penn. I've been here just over a week and I already feel I made the right decision. In just my first week, I've already made fantastic connections with people (students, faculty, staff) who have such rich experiences and connections to the education world (and beyond) that I'm not worried at all about finding a job afterwards. I know there will always be something out there, even if it might take me a few weeks to land a gig. Worst case scenario, you can always teach in Asia :) My professors are amazing and topnotch in their fields. Being in their classes motivates me to push myself harder than ever, and it's really inspiring.


    Everybody is so approachable and genuinely friendly here it's like grad school heaven. People literally are not afraid to introduce themselves to people they haven't met, and the well-funded social events don't hurt in facilitating such connections. People also organize their own parties and the members of different programs are not cliquey at all. At HGSE, I truly feel anything is possible. It's easy to tell money flows through this place. Programs are well-funded, the classrooms are world-class (though the exterior of some buildings at HGSE might not be so aesthetically pleasing), grants are very accessible to students who have a compelling idea and want to go with it. Just this first week, people have already formed groups around various issues like Autism Research and the Philosophy of Education. That's the great thing about HGSE- it's the perfect size. It's not too small like Stanford's or too big like Columbia's. It's great for forming a lot of connections that are actually sustainable because you will be seeing some of these same people everyday on campus. HGSE students also have a lot of pride in the institution and the Graduate School of Education is seen as very prestigious and noble in the university all around.


    After all I've experienced so far (and like I said, it's only been about a week), I don't even want to think back about how things would've been different for me had I decided not to come. I know this experience will transform me in ways I can't even imagine right now. If you get into HGSE, just go! But if you're still ambivalent, I'm pretty sure a visit will convince you.

    It’s been a while, but I am considering HGSE EPM and was wondering what you’re doing now and if you still believe it was the right decision.  just trying to figure out if the cost is worth it down the road...

  7. On 1/18/2019 at 10:00 AM, Belle2019 said:


    Has anyone applied to the E.d.L.D program? Applications were due on December 15, 2018 and interviews are on February 21. 

    I applied but haven’t heard anything...

  8. On 12/19/2018 at 9:35 PM, eternalreturn said:

    Zero insight to share with you, stagestar, but figured I'd at least chime in to share stats and say hi.  ?

    Program Concentration: CIS (Culture, Institutions, and Society)

    GRE: 168 V, 163 V, 5.5 AWA

    GPA: 3.67 undergrad (Philosophy / Russian, Central, and Eastern European Studies concentration) / 3.75 masters (Curriculum & Instruction) / 4.0 (reading specialist credential - another masters' worth of credits)

    Undergrad Institution: top tier liberal arts college

    Work Experience: I'm in my 13th school year working in the city where I was placed through Teach For America - about half and half between teaching and instructional coaching

    LOR / SOP:  Feeling good here?  Wish I had more grad school professors in the mix - one committed to writing LORs and then disappeared before the deadline, which was... very disappointing.  Had former managers and mentors step in to cover her, just wish another one of those had a terminal degree.  Wrote my HGSE SOP last, and wish I'd been that "on" for my other applications, to be honest!  I think that the interdisciplinary nature of the CIS program speaks to my interests (philosophy, sociology, literacy, curriculum, and instructional practices) better than my other applications, for sure. 

    I have heard back from a top 20 program already with an unofficial admit (waiting for that to become official before I share results), which makes me think I actually might have a shot at HGSE?  I mean, who knows, but it was worth a shot!  A very expensive non-refundable shot.  I'll more than likely be relocating to attend a program - there's nothing ranked close to where we live - so I'm really hoping to find a program that can make funding work for my family and I - I'd be relocating with my partner and two kids and my other half will need to find a new job.  So, basically, every finger crossed!

    You sound like a really strong candidate! I’m keeping my fingers crossed too—getting accepted would mean relocating with 2 (of 4) children as well, and I’m worried about funding school, finding affordable housing, and getting childcare for the youngest.

    Does anyone know when interview invitations go out?

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