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# How much \$\$\$ did/will this application season cost you?

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11 Feb 2009, 13:06
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Wow, I know you said you were cheap... but man are you cheap.

I'll just point out that I applied to 8 schools and spent less than other peeps on here who applied to only 4-5

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11 Feb 2009, 13:25
isa wrote:
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Wow, I know you said you were cheap... but man are you cheap.

I'll just point out that I applied to 8 schools and spent less than other peeps on here who applied to only 4-5

On a per-school basis you are on the cheaper side. Of course nothing beats bostonsparky's \$880 total, but it seems like the avg. per school is \$600-700 each. On the other end of the scale is ninkorn, who managed to spend over \$900 per school - earning him the Paris Hilton award for profligate spending.
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11 Feb 2009, 13:35
Jerz wrote:
On the other end of the scale is ninkorn, who managed to spend over \$900 per school - earning him the Paris Hilton award for profligate spending.

I am doing my duty as a citizen to stimulate this economy....
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11 Feb 2009, 13:40
Jerz wrote:
isa wrote:
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Wow, I know you said you were cheap... but man are you cheap.

I'll just point out that I applied to 8 schools and spent less than other peeps on here who applied to only 4-5

On a per-school basis you are on the cheaper side. Of course nothing beats bostonsparky's \$880 total, but it seems like the avg. per school is \$600-700 each. On the other end of the scale is ninkorn, who managed to spend over \$900 per school - earning him the Paris Hilton award for profligate spending.

I think I can beat \$880 total:

\$0 gmat prep (work covered the GMAT prep class + books)
\$250 gmat exam
\$235 HBS app
\$250 Stanford app
\$0 Official Transcripts (school does it for free)
\$0 Stanford visit (combined it with a work trip)
\$0 HBS interview costs (got ride, stayed with friends)
\$2.50 Stanford interview costs (subway ride)

\$837.50 Total, but only for 2 schools... bostonsparky spent around the same and got more bang (6 schools) for his buck!

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11 Feb 2009, 13:44
bball wrote:
\$0 Official Transcripts (school does it for free)

Oh shoot...

I forgot to account for this in my previous calc...
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11 Feb 2009, 14:41
bball wrote:

\$837.50 Total, but only for 2 schools... bostonsparky spent around the same and got more bang (6 schools) for his buck!

Still very well done. After getting your Harvard MBA I can think of oh, 3 or so auto companies that could seriously use someone like you in charge.

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11 Feb 2009, 15:19
GMAT Prep: \$1300
GMAT: \$250
Sending Scores: \$140
5 App Fees: \$1200
Trip to Chicago (interview @ Kellogg): \$500
Trip to Durham: \$250
Gifts for recommenders: \$100
And depending on my apps, more trips to campuses...

So far the tally is \$3,740

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11 Feb 2009, 16:05
bostonsparky wrote:
bball wrote:

\$837.50 Total, but only for 2 schools... bostonsparky spent around the same and got more bang (6 schools) for his buck!

Still very well done. After getting your Harvard MBA I can think of oh, 3 or so auto companies that could seriously use someone like you in charge.

You think there will still be 3 auto companies in business by the time bball graduates HBS?
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11 Feb 2009, 16:17
Jerz wrote:

You think there will still be 3 auto companies in business by the time bball graduates HBS?

touche

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11 Feb 2009, 17:13
Alright, I'll play this game too...thinking I might win (or does that mean I lose?):

GMAT Prep Books: \$87
GMAT: \$250
Score Reports (4): \$112
MBA Books (Great Essays...etc): \$78
Transcripts (3 schools): \$30
Application Fees: \$1110
Wharton Visit: \$465
Kellogg/Chicago Visit: \$710
Tuck Interview: \$800
Stern Visit: \$595
Duke Interview: \$20
Kellogg DAK: \$630
Chicago Interview: \$400

Grand total: \$5641

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Re: How much \$\$\$ did/will this application season cost you? [#permalink]

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12 Feb 2009, 18:08
Jerz wrote:
isa wrote:
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Wow, I know you said you were cheap... but man are you cheap.

I'll just point out that I applied to 8 schools and spent less than other peeps on here who applied to only 4-5

On a per-school basis you are on the cheaper side. Of course nothing beats bostonsparky's \$880 total, but it seems like the avg. per school is \$600-700 each. On the other end of the scale is ninkorn, who managed to spend over \$900 per school - earning him the Paris Hilton award for profligate spending.

ninkorn, please change your gmatclub name to parishilton

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12 Feb 2009, 18:10
olive wrote:
Jerz wrote:
isa wrote:
I'll just point out that I applied to 8 schools and spent less than other peeps on here who applied to only 4-5

On a per-school basis you are on the cheaper side. Of course nothing beats bostonsparky's \$880 total, but it seems like the avg. per school is \$600-700 each. On the other end of the scale is ninkorn, who managed to spend over \$900 per school - earning him the Paris Hilton award for profligate spending.

ninkorn, please change your gmatclub name to parishilton

I second that.

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12 Feb 2009, 18:12
olive wrote:
ninkorn, please change your gmatclub name to parishilton

hmmmm..........tempting.....

let me sleep over it and maybe when you wake up and come back here,

there will be a request in the SUPPORT thread....

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12 Feb 2009, 19:55
With GMAT prep + books, I would say ~\$3000 - not counting the loss productivity though

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12 Feb 2009, 20:13
My turn...

MGMAT Course (Worthless) - 1000
PowerScore Books - 90
GMAT 2x - 500
Application 5 schools - 150+150+150+100+50
Rush Transcripts 5 schools - 140
Reserve spot 2 schools (I cant make up my mind yet) - 1500+1200
Essay Edits (Worthless didn't even use them, didnt get \$ back either) - 400

Total
5430

Wow I didnt realize it cost that much, maybe I should have gave a down payment and leased a nice Porsche Cayman instead lol!

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13 Feb 2009, 07:45
After the entire process... well over four grand. These guys really wring you dry. And they don't even pay for your travel/accommodation on admit weekend! Psh.

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13 Feb 2009, 09:30
Toubab wrote:
After the entire process... well over four grand. These guys really wring you dry. And they don't even pay for your travel/accommodation on admit weekend! Psh.

Yeah and thats the problem with having too many admits!

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17 Feb 2009, 20:09
I think I did it for pretty cheap.

GMAT Prep: \$0 (borrowed MGMAT Books from a friend)
GMAT: \$250
Cornell App: \$200
Michigan and Yale App: \$0 (Teach For America Fee waiver)
Cornell Visit: \$290 (stayed with friends)
Yale Visit: \$270 (stayed with firends)

\$1010. Granted, I probably earn half of what most people on this site do, so it still hurt. Still have Ross admit weekend to pay for, which will hit me fore \$550. Sigh.

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17 Feb 2009, 22:05
Jerz wrote:
bostonsparky wrote:
bball wrote:

\$837.50 Total, but only for 2 schools... bostonsparky spent around the same and got more bang (6 schools) for his buck!

Still very well done. After getting your Harvard MBA I can think of oh, 3 or so auto companies that could seriously use someone like you in charge.

You think there will still be 3 auto companies in business by the time bball graduates HBS?

Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Hyundai to name 4.

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17 Feb 2009, 22:07
ninkorn wrote:
bostonsparky wrote:
Recommender gifts(2 \$15 gift certs to Amazon): \$30

You did that many apps and you only spent that much on recommender gifts????

TBF, I spent \$0 on recommender gifts. I just wrote the damn things instead.

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