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Columbia and Berkeley - Financial Aid


Help! I have been accepted into Columbia and Georgetown but don't yet know about scholarships/financial aid. Although I would much prefer Columbia to Berkeley, I'm wondering whether there is any point applying for Berkeley on the chance that I was to be offered a merit-based scholarship, the ADP Scholarship (I'm not eligible for any of the other scholarships) but not be offered any funding (or very little funding) from Columbia. I have less than 20% of the cost of undertaking the LLM myself, so funding is very important to me.

I note that Berkeley states:

Berkeley Law offers a competitive scholarship program offering full tuition paid for admitted LL.M. students with superior academic credentials, for whom Berkeley Law is their first choice. Because funds are extremely limited, the ADP Scholarship can only be provided to a few outstanding applicants each year.

Does anyone know what the statement 'for whom Berkeley Law is their first choice' means? Do they only offer scholarships to enrolled students who have paid the tuition deposit?

Also, does anyone know what the chances would be of receiving financial aid from Columbia, in my circumstances?

Thank you in advance!
Help! I have been accepted into Columbia and Georgetown but don't yet know about scholarships/financial aid. Although I would much prefer Columbia to Berkeley, I'm wondering whether there is any point applying for Berkeley on the chance that I was to be offered a merit-based scholarship, the ADP Scholarship (I'm not eligible for any of the other scholarships) but not be offered any funding (or very little funding) from Columbia. I have less than 20% of the cost of undertaking the LLM myself, so funding is very important to me.

I note that Berkeley states:

Berkeley Law offers a competitive scholarship program offering full tuition paid for admitted LL.M. students with superior academic credentials, for whom Berkeley Law is their first choice. Because funds are extremely limited, the ADP Scholarship can only be provided to a few outstanding applicants each year.

Does anyone know what the statement 'for whom Berkeley Law is their first choice' means? Do they only offer scholarships to enrolled students who have paid the tuition deposit?

Also, does anyone know what the chances would be of receiving financial aid from Columbia, in my circumstances?

Thank you in advance!
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Hi! From what I've heard, Columbia provides some scholarships, but not a lot (like most top US law schools).

Columbia itself seems to confirm this on their website:
"The Law School has a robust financial aid program to support LL.M. candidates, but our funds are limited and we are not able to meet the needs of all admitted applicants. Because of the limited funding available for assistance and the high cost of attending law school in the United States, we encourage prospective applicants to begin seeking other sources of funds as early as possible, keeping in mind that some funding applications are due months before the LL.M. application deadline."

So I think that it is possible to receive financial assistance. Nevertheless, when reading the website, it seems that you should really have shown that you need this, since they also state that on their website the following: "We award financial assistance primarily on the basis of financial need.".

So I would apply to Berkeley and see what you get there. I don't think that you have anything to lose by admitting your application.

I hope that this helped!

Congratulations btw on being accepted for Columbia! Were you in the regular cycle or in the early review? And where are you from?
Hi! From what I've heard, Columbia provides some scholarships, but not a lot (like most top US law schools).

Columbia itself seems to confirm this on their website:
"The Law School has a robust financial aid program to support LL.M. candidates, but our funds are limited and we are not able to meet the needs of all admitted applicants. Because of the limited funding available for assistance and the high cost of attending law school in the United States, we encourage prospective applicants to begin seeking other sources of funds as early as possible, keeping in mind that some funding applications are due months before the LL.M. application deadline."

So I think that it is possible to receive financial assistance. Nevertheless, when reading the website, it seems that you should really have shown that you need this, since they also state that on their website the following: "We award financial assistance primarily on the basis of financial need.".

So I would apply to Berkeley and see what you get there. I don't think that you have anything to lose by admitting your application.

I hope that this helped!

Congratulations btw on being accepted for Columbia! Were you in the regular cycle or in the early review? And where are you from?
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Does anyone know:
a) If columbia already started to send out financial aid decisions or when they usually start to do so?
b) What the usual amount is, which applicants can realistically expect, if they are granted financial aid ?
Does anyone know:
a) If columbia already started to send out financial aid decisions or when they usually start to do so?
b) What the usual amount is, which applicants can realistically expect, if they are granted financial aid ?
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