foster3693 Posted January 31, 2014 Share Posted January 31, 2014 Hello everyone, I'm a frequent visitor of GradCafe and really appreciate all the insight provided by everyone in their various steps of grad school applications. I have a bit of a quandary regarding grad school for next Fall that I hope you can help me with. I have applied early decision for UW's MPA program and feel that I have a good chance of getting in. I've lived in Washington for the past year so would qualify for in-state tuition (about 20 G a year), but am finding the idea of taking out more loans for grad school quite daunting. I am currently serving a second term of AmeriCorps so my income doesn't allow me to save a lot. I have been on the AmeriCorps website a few times to check out schools that match the ed award. Most offer scholarships for alumni of around $1000 to $5000. Illinois State's Political Science Masters program, however, offers a tuition waiver for the entire program, a GA for the first year (monthly stipend of $900) and an 11 month internship the second year (monthly stipend of $1800). So if you were in my shoes and accepted to both programs, what would you prioritize - prestige or price? My concerns: That if I pick the cheaper option it will hurt me in the long run and limit my opportunities post-grad. (Ideally, I would like to work for international non-profits or for the state department). Thoughts? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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