Eva_Bates wrote:A couple questions...
Any knowledge about Michigan's need-based aid? I mean, I assume very few people can service the sticker price by themselves, and that's what loans are for... But any knowledge about the criteria to get / chances of getting / amount possible for NEED aid?
And if anyone wants to elaborate more on why Michigan at sticker is a bad idea, PLEASE do!! I can see from the numbers that Michigan seems to be struggling, so it does worry me...
And is it true that those who have lower scores / 'barely' get in end up having a similar 'status' when it comes to grade distribution? (If so does that mean I should be headed to my 'safety' school to try to get into the top % of the class??)
I'm pretty sure that the vast majority of schools besides YHS do not give need-based aid; most of the money you'll get will come in the form of automatic scholarships largely based on how your numbers stack up to the median/75th numbers.
As for your last paragraph, just no. There is very little correlation between "barely getting in" (whatever that may mean) and ending up in the bottom of the class. Please do not do the bolded, unless you want to end up screwed. First, unless the safety school is literally in a different tier than the one you're considering, your numbers will not be that much better than those of your peers. Second, the improbable marginal increase in class rank is not worth the drop in employment outcomes.