jamielee23 Posted April 12, 2017 Share Posted April 12, 2017 What a whirlwind of emotions. I was very lucky to be accepted to multiple schools. After visiting a few programs, I had 95% decided to attend Pitt. I was very impressed with their program, especially the clinical experiences. At Pitt, students do 5-6 offsite internships. As someone who would LOVE experience at an acute care hospital, it seems that this type of placement would be very easy to procure. Today, however, I received an offer of funding from Indiana University. It would be an assistantship position -- working 12 hours a week -- and in return, I would receive 95% tuition reimbursement for my first year plus a stipend (I'd pay full tuition for my second year, about $30k out of state). Whoa! When I crunch the numbers, this means that IU now represents a $30000 savings over Pitt (over the course of 2 years). This is obviously huge. However, at IU, students are responsible for arranging their own externships, which only happen the last semester. So if I wanted experience in acute care, this would be very difficult to set up, and definitely not guaranteed. I e-mailed an undergrad professor (with years of med SLP experience) for advice, and he wrote back that "hands down," I should still go to Pitt. This surprised me, since the "go with the cheapest option!" seems to really prevail in this field. Anyone have any advice? Or in a similar predicament? I'm garbage at making decisions in general, and while I am SO FORTUNATE to have such a wonderful decision to make, I have no idea what to do. Thanks in advance :-) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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