hey guys. i just had to turn down my spot at columbia. the money is just not there for me and i'm not comfortable taking out loans. i am curious though - for other people who got in, or know someone who did - what you thought of the financial packages, or what you've heard from others? (obviously not asking for private information though, not figures or anything you wouldn't want to share online, just a sense)
i know film school is famously expensive, but i had heard that the school of the arts had increased their funding in the last couple years and i hoped it would be reflected in their financial aid packages. now i'm wondering if maybe it was reflected, just not in mine.
very nice admissions person from columbia said in an email:
In the past, most of the people who were on the high waitlist were admitted.
It is not guaranteed, but that is what historical data has dictated. Hope
this helps a little!
so keep up hope if you're on the wait list.
but if you're not, then screw columbia. you don't need them anyway and this program costs crazy money. i know a few people who graduated from there and have no career in film to speak of. it's no guarantee.
Just got a letter from Columbia... waitlisted. And not high waitlist, mind you. So I guess I get to wait around until August. For all of you accepted people who are not going, or high waitlist people who are going somewhere else, please let Columbia know as soon as you can. I can't take all this waiting, I'm gonna have an aneurism.
I only received my acceptance packet on Friday and sent back my response (will attend) on Saturday. I don't think they've even gotten it yet. My guess is there will be another flurry of action next week.
in case anyone is obsessively counting or speculating out there and wants to know:i just faxed my waitlist form-- to say that i'm staying on the active waitlist...i got one of those "high waitlist" letters.
i'm gonna wait and see what happens in a couple weeks. i'm just trying to manage my anxiety. why is it so crazy not knowing what you're doing in a few months?
@new2u i need tips on avoiding aneurysm...