univox360 wrote:So now what kind of schools should I apply to?
Should I even send UC Berkeley, or University of Chicago an application?
My personal view on this is, if money isn't an object when it comes to application fees (application, transcripts, GRE scores) then why not apply? Keep in mind you should apply to a broad range of programs (a few "top," "middle" and "little known" schools), but investigate all of them -- make sure you'd like to attend each.
Another way to think about it: Total fees for each school maybe comes out to $80-100. When you think about it, that's a small investment for whatever fraction of the possibility of getting into a top program.