Hello to all,
I've recently been accepted to a number of planning programs and am trying figure out what I should do. I know this is a type of post that has been presented many times before but I'm willing to bet many of us are still struggling with it and perhaps a 2012 discussion will be helpful.
I want to pursue a Masters in Planning, my objective is get a position in transportation planning.
So here goes.
I've been accepted to
PSU - No aid
UCLA - No aid
UIC - 1st year assistantship - tuition covered & 14k RA stipend, 2nd year I'm on my own (I think)
MIT - No aid
I'm located in NYC so relocation costs and out of stater tuition are something that I've been planning for.
I want to accept the offer from MIT, I'm impressed by their program and am also interested in their dual degree Masters of Science in Transportation.... But MIT is very very expensive. It will end up being almost twice as much as Chicago and Portland, and about 20k more than UCLA. I'm willing to go the loan route, but is it worth it? MIT claims to have fantastic employment rates with avg salary being markedly higher, can anyone attest to this being the case. I see a lot on these forums about taking the road that minimizes debt. I was able to finish undergrad debt free so this will be first debt I build.
I don't know, I guess I'll just throw it out there. I'd love to hear from others going through the same process and from anyone that could offer any wisdom.
Many thanks in advance.
All the best.