I've been really killing myself over this decision, so I'm seeking some outside help here...
The financial end: I got some assistance to go to Pratt, but even with that assistance, it's still more expensive than Wagner. Both schools are expensive enough that I'm wondering if I should try again next year with more schools and hope for more aid.
I'm open to changing my mind in grad school, but right now my primary interests are economic development and transportation. I just want to get the basic skills I need to do any type of planning in a setting with students who are interested in using planning for positive social change.
Wagner's International Development program looks great, and NYU has more resources in general. Pratt has an incredible Community Development concentration with deep ties to the community and frequent chances to work on real projects with real clients. I also understand that their physical planning/urban design side is a little more developed, but they don't have much in the way of a transportation program.
Anyone familiar with these two programs and want to help me out? I've done a lot of research, but it just doesn't seem like there is much out there as far as objective rankings of planning programs.