Catria wrote:Washington-Seattle, Wisconsin are nothing to scoff at. Plus you cannot discount the human aspect of attendance at Washington.
Are you comfortable living on $2,060/month in Seattle? Or $20k/year in Madison?
Wisconsin's funding problems mean that graduate students will often TA three sections (but that is not always the case; I have no idea about Washington, though) Even though $20k will go a longer way in Madison than $24k will in Seattle, that is not something to discount.
Izaac wrote:That's interesting to hear. I'm about to accept an offer from Washington, offered a monthly $2279 stipend (nine months, plus perspective of RA for summer). Doesn't look too bad to me, looking at https://www.quora.com/How-much-would-I- ... in-Seattle . And that's above the living wage reference http://livingwage.mit.edu/metros/42660 .
Izaac wrote:Thanks, that's good to hear, Mandark. Now the only thing I'm afraid is of the rain in Seattle, but I'll live with that.
By the way, to reply to your initial question: I really doubt six or eight months will make a difference. Personal experience (last year I was accepted to Georgia Tech, WMadison; went for a one-year master in Cambridge; this year, got rejected from 8 top universities, as well as Georgia Tech and UMichigan) tells me that in the PhD case it's better to take what you already have instead of gambling with fate.
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