Kronk wrote:irishman86 wrote:Dignan wrote:But it doesn't have to be a courtesy program. The terms can vary from school to school. Arguing otherwise requires more than using your caps lock.
Agreed, again. Boalt's LRAP is far more discretionary. It sounds like if you meet the most recent requirements for Columbia, you will still be able to use LRAP. LRAP policies at any school can change over time, but it seems that Boalt's LRAP is much more discretionary and that even if you meet the most recent requirements, the school can still deny aid.
BOTH schools can deny aid even if you meet the requirements. That's why Columbia mentions that the "extent of support may vary" just as Berkeley mentions that depending on the state of the program, they may have to shuffle around funds, disperse them pro rata, etc. It's the same thing.
"Extent of support may vary ... in accordance with the rules and policies then applicable" sounds VERY different from
"will select LRAP recipients and determine award levels." Columbia's LRAP suggests that if you meet the most recent requirements ("in accordance with the rules and policies then applicable") you will receive aid, whereas Boalt will "select LRAP recipients" based off whatever, unspecified measure. Boalt's is much more discretionary on an individual, applicant basis.