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

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10 Feb 2009, 14:11
So as I was sitting here going over my credit card statement from my latest trip to Kellogg, I got to thinking that overall (considering GMAT prep, application fees, travel cost, etc) I probably got off pretty light. Then again, I only applied to two schools and one of them waived my application fee and was within 2 hours of my house. Curious how much this process is setting everyone else back?

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10 Feb 2009, 14:50
I'm gonna guess ~\$3000.

MGMAT course + GMAT fee = \$1000
5 app fees = \$1000
trip to Duke = \$400
trip to Ross/Cornell = \$500
trip to Tuck = \$100
books = \$100
gifts for recommenders = \$200

If I end up getting an interview at Wharton, add another \$400 or so.

Thanks for making me add it up!!

RF
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10 Feb 2009, 14:56
A little under \$2000.
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10 Feb 2009, 15:07
All expenses - approx

1) MGMAT Prep 9 course: \$1400
2) PowerScore 2 Bibles: \$70
3) GMAT Exam: \$250
4) Application Fees to 6 schools: \$1200
5) Airplane Tkts/Hotel/Food for Interviews and Visits: \$1750
6) Gifts for Recommenders: \$100 each to 8 ppl = \$800
7) NYC GClub Meeting: \$40

Total: \$5,510
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10 Feb 2009, 15:51
approximate:

veritas online course + books + GMAT fee = \$1200
8 app fees = \$1600
trip to Duke = \$230
trip to Wharton = \$20
trip to Tuck/MIT/HBS = \$200
misc books = \$100
gifts for recommenders = \$200
trip to Chicago = \$100

I also used hotel points/friends' couches for overnight stays and airline miles.

Total = \$3650

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10 Feb 2009, 17:25
Here is my best guess...

kaplan course (awful btw) - \$1400
books - \$300
application fees - \$1215
duke visit - \$350
chicago/kellogg visit - \$550
recommender gifts - \$300
gmat fee (twice) - \$500

\$4615 (sigh)

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10 Feb 2009, 17:34
I used plenty of hotel/airline points to save on expenses during my trips to schools. In total I'm at about \$3500:

GMAT & Prep: \$350 (I didn't use a course)
5 application fees: \$1250
Trip to Kellogg (interview): \$500
Trip to Booth (interview): \$100
Trip to Duke (interview): \$500
Trip to Kellogg (DAK): \$560
Gifts for recommenders: \$300
Two years at bschool: Priceless
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10 Feb 2009, 19:34
isa wrote:
trip to Wharton = \$20

How'd you do that? That's less than the cost of a cab ride!

RF
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10 Feb 2009, 19:44
refurb wrote:
isa wrote:
trip to Wharton = \$20

How'd you do that? That's less than the cost of a cab ride!

RF

actually that's how much the cab ride from Wharton to the airport cost me!

I flew there using an airline voucher (getting stranded overnight in DTW meant they gave me a free ticket). Spent the night at my friend's place, he/his friends gave me a ride to campus the next day. Got free lunch from the HCM program peeps. Snuck into a presentation (with friend and his friends) from some company that had free coffee/snacks late-afternoon. fun!

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10 Feb 2009, 20:01
isa wrote:
actually that's how much the cab ride from Wharton to the airport cost me!

I flew there using an airline voucher (getting stranded overnight in DTW meant they gave me a free ticket). Spent the night at my friend's place, he/his friends gave me a ride to campus the next day. Got free lunch from the HCM program peeps. Snuck into a presentation (with friend and his friends) from some company that had free coffee/snacks late-afternoon. fun!

Shame on you!

RF
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11 Feb 2009, 07:19
For me it was

GMAT & Prep: \$250 (Relied on free information available online)
3 application fees: \$620

Duke interview: \$5
Darden interview (didn't go): \$0
Kellogg interview: \$5 (off-campus, yet to happen)
Gifts for recommmenders = \$ 100

Total = \$ 980

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11 Feb 2009, 10:02
For me:

App fees (incl. Lauder language exam): about \$1000
GMAT and prep: \$300
Tuck visit: \$700 (with wife, rented car)
Wharton visit: \$250
Duke visit: maybe \$5
Gifts for recommenders: \$25

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11 Feb 2009, 10:13
Gmat Test and Prep Books \$300
Application Fees \$925
Chicago Interview \$350
Yale Interview \$50
Kellogg Interview \$250

Total \$2475

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Location: Evanston, IL
Schools: Kellogg '11 (MMM)
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11 Feb 2009, 10:37
Since I started this poll, I guess it's only fair if I contribute too.

GMAT Prep \$1350
GMAT Fee \$250
Kellogg App Fee \$230
Darden App Fee Waived \$0
Kellogg MMM Day/Interview \$650
Darden Interview \$20 (gas)
Kellogg DAK w/wife \$750

Total \$3250

May be a bit late for this year, but I think a sticky with tricks, tips, etc for cost saving during application season would be a great idea.

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11 Feb 2009, 11:30
isa wrote:
refurb wrote:
isa wrote:
trip to Wharton = \$20

How'd you do that? That's less than the cost of a cab ride!

RF

actually that's how much the cab ride from Wharton to the airport cost me!

I flew there using an airline voucher (getting stranded overnight in DTW meant they gave me a free ticket). Spent the night at my friend's place, he/his friends gave me a ride to campus the next day. Got free lunch from the HCM program peeps. Snuck into a presentation (with friend and his friends) from some company that had free coffee/snacks late-afternoon. fun!

Wow, I know you said you were cheap... but man are you cheap.
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11 Feb 2009, 11:35
GoBruins wrote:
Wow, I know you said you were cheap... but man are you cheap.

Look who's talking. You are riding a plastic pony to save money on gas....
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11 Feb 2009, 11:41
I was able to go fairly cheap this season since I'm staying in the same general region where I live.

GMAT 250.00
Prep Books 100.00
Tuck Visit 300.00
Cornell Visit x 2 80.00
Simon Visit 20.00
App Fees 420.00

Overall Cost 1,170.00

Not too bad at all, though I wish I wouldn't have blown so much money on Tuck given my results. Ah well, it was still a fun weekend.

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11 Feb 2009, 11:47
Time to weigh in since my title as group cheapskate appears to be threatened here.

My big thing for saving cost would be to buy/obtain used GMAT prep software from someone else. Lord knows there's been plenty of people who've already taken it. And it won't be scribbled on like a book.

I got a Kaplan prep CD from a friend (who only paid something like \$20 for it in the first place) which had a diagnostic test and 4 real ones, plus 5 or 6 problem sets for each type of question (reading comp, arithmetic, geometry etc). I also found a bunch of free tests online, one was at like http://www.crack-gmat.com or something like that, and of course the 2 free official tests you get from mba.com.

So for me:
GMAT prep: \$0
GMAT exam: \$250
Additional Score Reports(3): \$75
Official Transcripts(3): \$15
RT Bus to MBA fair(duke/haas/wharton/ross/stern were all there): \$40
Haas/Wharton/Columbia/Duke apps (fee waived due to being a PCV): \$0
Kellogg app fee: \$230
Sloan app fee: \$230
Recommender gifts(2 \$15 gift certs to Amazon): \$30
Buses/taxis to meet up with Wharton/Columbia/Kellogg interviewers in my city: \$10
Skype costs for my phone interview with Duke: \$1.20

Total cost: \$881.20 US (but considering my results so far, perhaps a campus visit could have really helped)

*disclaimer: With the current exchange rate that's more than my monthly salary here!

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11 Feb 2009, 11:54
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????
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11 Feb 2009, 12:05
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????

Both largely used the same recommendation for all 6(I told them I didn't mind as long as it was tailored to answer all of the school's individual questions). And considering I am an aid volunteer in latin america, \$15 can probably buy for someone here what \$50 would buy in NYC.

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