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Humphrey vs. Trachtenberg (Masters, Public Policy)



I have been accepted to Humphrey School of Public Policy, University of Minnesota with a Humphrey Scholarship, and George Washington University with a Global initiative scholarship for a Masters in Public Policy. Both are covering about 67% of my tuition (GW is a more expensive school, though). After talking, to various faculty and students, I get a sense that DC is a better place  to study public policy. However, some people are also of the opinion that Humphrey is one of the very well-connected schools. 

Given the more expensive tuition of GW and higher cost of living in DC, my question is if it is worth paying about 20,000 extra/per year to be in George Washington University over University of Minnesota. 

I would really really appreciate the feedback.



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I understand that finances is major criteria in taking a final call. I understand that Minnesota is an equally promising option and the difference is only of location with its attached advantages for internships, jobs, professional networking and so on. If you can manage the finances and it is not exceeding your upper limit for finances go ahead and choose an option which gives you location advantage as well. Otherwise, go for Minnesota & work hard & rest assured everything will turn out fine as the university has good resources.

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