For your stated goals, you might investigate TX, Perdue, Ga Tech, MIT (reach) and Haas. Also, a MSMOT might be a good option for you if you are sure you want to stick with IT consulting. Your profile looks good, with a good balance of leadership, EC and WE. As for financial aid, here are some tips:
The assumption that high income will mean you aren’t eligible for aid doesn’t hold true. More than 50 colleges have either capped or eliminated loans for students.
Some schools can offer more aid than others, so try to gauge the potential for aid at each school your you are interested in. To do that, research the health of a school’s endowment and ask the admissions or financial aid office three things:
1 What percentage of aid applicants receive assistance?
2 What percentage of aid is in grants versus loans?
3 If they give to higher-income applicants?
For state schools, do your best to find out how the school has been affected by the recession – and how it will be affected in the upcoming fiscal year as states continue to tighten their belts. Some states are raising tuition, some are cancelling programs and cutting staff, and two states, Michigan and New Mexico, have made deep cuts to need-based financial aid. On the other hand, the University of Virginia is offering aid to 43% more students in the current school year and has launched a fundraising campaign specifically for financial aid.
Private colleges have more flexibility to boost aid by drawing on large endowments or delaying capital improvements. In 2008, private institutions awarded incoming freshman aid amounting to a 53.5% tuition discount, according to a survey by the National Association of College and University Business Officers.
Also, get creative about scholarship sources
applicants needing to fill in the gaps beyond college and federal grants have a plethora of scholarship options. These awards often draw on very specific criteria, so be prepared to do your homework and stay on top of different application deadlines.
Websites like Fastweb.com can streamline your search by mining the scholarship universe based on hundreds of different inputs you select.
Beyond the Internet, think about tapping on-campus scholarship resource centers and financial aid offices in specific departments or concentration areas.
sometimes you can also negotiate a better deal. While you generally can’t bargain down the price of tuition, you can use one school’s package to bargain with another school.
The initial award isn’t the final story — you may be able to negotiate a better deal by telling your first-choice school about scholarship offers from similar schools. And don’t be afraid to revisit an aid package if your financial situation has changed dramatically. With unemployment the highest in 27 years, schools are often willing to adjust an award if provided the proper documentation.
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