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How much money did you spend on optometry school related events this year?

Discussion in 'Pre-Optometry' started by longlashes, Mar 23, 2007.

  1. longlashes

    longlashes New Member 5+ Year Member

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  3. ttn003

    ttn003 5+ Year Member

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    I spent around 1,200...could be more...that includes application fees, OAT, review books, topscore, transcripts, reference file system, cost of distribution of letters, flight ticket, hotel, car rental....foood...haha....it's all worth it when u get into a school =)
     
  4. IDoctor

    IDoctor 2+ Year Member

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    i applied to about 10 schools. but:

    Kaplan : ~1100$ (had a student organization discount)
    OAT: 264$ (it was +15$ for each additional school after 5 for me)
    travel: ~2000$ flights + hotel + other travel (from west coast to east for 4 different interviews)
    applications: ~$500 (estimating about 50$ per app)
    school's prehealth committee file : ~250$
    sending transcripts all over the place: ~100-200$

    Getting into the school I wanted: PRICELESS :D :D :D
     
  5. luckyfool

    luckyfool SUNY Opt 5+ Year Member

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    I spent close to $200 this year.
    I feel your pain longlashes. I also had to pay the expenses out of my own pocket. Just think of the expenses as an investment in yourself.
     
  6. aam0050

    aam0050 5+ Year Member

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    I estimate that I've spent about $2500. Food, gas, travel to TN & PA, apps, OAT, KAPLAN! Ack! :eek:
     
  7. carizma12

    carizma12 2+ Year Member

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    omg.. ridiculous...

    OAT ~ $200
    applications $500
    transcripts ~$150
    pco interview $1200
    nova interview $800
    neco/ico interviews $900
    deposits (so far) $250


    im broke :(
     
  8. longlashes

    longlashes New Member 5+ Year Member

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  9. luckyfool

    luckyfool SUNY Opt 5+ Year Member

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    well, I live in NYC, and I only applied to SUNY. If you take into account of SUNY's app fee ($75?) and other misc transcript fees, it comes out to about 200 bucks.
     
  10. yvipine

    yvipine 2+ Year Member

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    i would say about over 4k

    Kaplan ~ $1000
    OAT times 2 ~ $500
    Transcripts to 9 schools ~ $80
    Applications to 6 schools ~ $385
    Express mail expenses ~ $60
    Suit attire, etc ~ $500
    Travel,stay, car rental etc ~ $1000
    Deposit - $1000
     
  11. ODduck

    ODduck Future Oregon OD 2+ Year Member

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    I haven't spent as much as any of you, however I didn't even think about it when I took out loans for this year, so I had to take out an extra one just to finish the year out at my undergrad school.
     
  12. KHE

    KHE Senior Member Optometrist SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

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    Most of you are probably full time students and therefore not making that much money but for many people those expenses can be deductable on your tax returns and some of them may be deductable on your parents returns.
    It might be worth spending some money for 1/2 hour with a good CPA.
     
  13. amitakrutonz

    amitakrutonz 2+ Year Member

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    How are people coming up with all this money...???
    i am just curious. :(
     
  14. Colonel Mitchel

    Colonel Mitchel The Doctor 5+ Year Member

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    It sounds like a lot of you took the Kaplan course. Do you think it was worth it?
     
  15. fonziefonz

    fonziefonz 7+ Year Member

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    If you have a science degree or mostly finished one, you shouldn't need to take a course.
     
  16. Canadian26

    Canadian26 Member 5+ Year Member

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    This is the reason why my Visa is maxed... I cant even count (i dont want to cause I think i'll cry)
     
  17. aam0050

    aam0050 5+ Year Member

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    I'm married and my husband works full-time so he paid for it. I also work (only part-time though) and applied after I graduated from college.. so it was not as stressful as applying as a full-time student!
     
  18. yvipine

    yvipine 2+ Year Member

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    i graduated from undergrad last year and am currently employed. so yup, all of that paid out of my own pocket :( some help would've been nice
     
  19. Exphesh

    Exphesh

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    I spent at least $2500 - 3000 total for apps., matriculation, travel, food, oat prep, oat, and transcript requests. But my wife came with me to my interviews. 4 interviews total and that includes doing 2 interviews on back to back days during one trip to save money. We paid for it by eating ramen and taking out the max financial aid possible for this year. But I was accepted at 3 of the schools and therefore didn't apply to two other schools I was in contact with. It was worth it to get a better feel for the different schools.
     
  20. vendetta319

    vendetta319 5+ Year Member

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    Yea, the optometry school process is expensive, but well worth it. I pay for everything myself and work 20hrs/wk as a full time student. I definitely saved money by NOT going the Kaplan route and requesting fee waivers.

    OAT ~ $180
    Examkrackers Review books - $110
    Topscore OAT cd - $40
    Transcripts (7) - $42
    Application fee - $135, applied to 3 schools, with a fee waiver from Berkeley
    Hotel (3 nights in NYC) - $300
    Airfare (roundtrip NYC + roundtrip SoCal) - $400
    Ground transportation (shuttle, taxi, subway in NYC + SoCal)- $100

    Total = $1,300
    but I also stayed longer in NYC than most ppl for a mini vacation with my bf, so it was actually $80/night + tax. With a one night stay, it'd be around $1,100 or less total.
     
  21. soupey

    soupey beyond.ca 7+ Year Member

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    haha oh man new york bent me over pretty good, between boston and new york with all associated OAT, transcript, and other random fees and prices ive spent a bit over 2 grand.
     
  22. hfpepperbean47

    hfpepperbean47 You wish you were me 2+ Year Member

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    OAT Test: $205.00 (with 1 test reschedule)
    Kaplan OAT Review: $15.00
    Application fee: $50.00
    Transcript fees (5 total): $12.00
    Prepaid envelopes for Letters of Recommendation(7): ~$7.00
    Gas to PCO from Baltimore: $25.00
    Toll fares: $7.50
    Two coffees: $3.00
    Pack of smokes, Snickers bar, and some teriyaki beef jerky: $8.00
    Lucky Rabbitt's foot: $2.69 from a bum in N. Philly

    All the books and test prep materials - paid for previously, borrowed a Physics book from friend.

    So, maybe about $300 dollars total.

    Pending acceptance, I will take that 2-3 grand I saved and do some traveling this summer (Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Russia, Mongolia, China and back to the US through Canada)
     

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