matching need-based aid?

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yupaws
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matching need-based aid?

Postby yupaws » Mon Apr 02, 2012 12:41 pm

So, I just got a financial aid award from Penn with a 50k need based grant in it. Is there any chance mentioning it to other schools for scholarship negotiation could lead to matching? Particularly looking at UVa

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Re: matching need-based aid?

Postby citygirl000 » Mon Apr 02, 2012 12:42 pm

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yupaws
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Re: matching need-based aid?

Postby yupaws » Mon Apr 02, 2012 12:45 pm

yeah it came via email. Should I wait till I get any award at all from UVa or mention it now?

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Re: matching need-based aid?

Postby taikofox » Mon Apr 02, 2012 3:26 pm

I also received a pretty sizable grant from Penn today, but we might be in line for merit scholarships too. I called the financial aid office and they told me that merit scholarships are on their way and if you have an upcoming deadline, you can e-mail the committee. Did it say in your letter whether any part of your aid was merit-based?

In regards to your specific situation, I'm sure you can try to nudge other schools by letting them know about your need-based offer. Virginia's deposit deadline isn't until April 30th (I think), so you've still got some time.

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Re: matching need-based aid?

Postby t14fanboy » Mon Apr 02, 2012 3:29 pm

Shoot them an email now before the second round of awards come out April 6th.

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Re: matching need-based aid?

Postby FloridaCoastalorbust » Mon Apr 02, 2012 3:31 pm

I'm guessing no. My EFC = 0 and I was offered $0 at UVA. Annoying, 4sher.

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Re: matching need-based aid?

Postby yupaws » Mon Apr 02, 2012 3:56 pm

oh man. yeah I tossed them an email. Hoping for the best. No mention about merit in Penn's letter. I had been fighting with the financial aid office at penn for a while to consider me independent (really weird family situation; estranged) and they still hadn't told me their decision. I'm just assuming from the award that they decided in my favor. But yeah, I'm not even sure Virginia actually has any need aid. They keep saying it's need-merit hybrid aid. :\

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Re: matching need-based aid?

Postby t14fanboy » Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:10 pm

FloridaCoastalorbust wrote:I'm guessing no. My EFC = 0 and I was offered $0 at UVA. Annoying, 4sher.


Wow. That's brutal.

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Re: matching need-based aid?

Postby FloridaCoastalorbust » Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:19 pm

yupaws wrote:oh man. yeah I tossed them an email. Hoping for the best. No mention about merit in Penn's letter. I had been fighting with the financial aid office at penn for a while to consider me independent (really weird family situation; estranged) and they still hadn't told me their decision. I'm just assuming from the award that they decided in my favor. But yeah, I'm not even sure Virginia actually has any need aid. They keep saying it's need-merit hybrid aid. :\


Finaid at UVA is "primarily reserved for merit-based candidates." If you get a merit award, it seems all but impossible to get need as well. I'm not sure if this is the case if one doesn't receive any merit-based, but I would think it still would be (no need-based).

I still plan on jockeying Anne Richard for more skrilz, though :D

Oh, and UVA considered me an independent too fwiw.

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Re: matching need-based aid?

Postby admisionquestion » Wed Apr 18, 2012 7:33 pm

Can someone elaborate on this? Are some penn students getting unnamed aid labeled as "merit based?"

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Re: matching need-based aid?

Postby dingbat » Wed Apr 18, 2012 8:40 pm

I suggest not stating whether the aid you received is need or merit and just say "I've received X from Y school. While I would rather attend your institution, I must take costs in consideration. Is there any chance..."

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Re: matching need-based aid?

Postby admisionquestion » Wed Apr 18, 2012 9:22 pm

how do you propose to not state? Since the school will ask to see you other offer...

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Re: matching need-based aid?

Postby dingbat » Wed Apr 18, 2012 9:42 pm

admisionquestion wrote:how do you propose to not state? Since the school will ask to see you other offer...

When I negotiated, I didn't even specify the school.
Do schools usually ask, or is it just TLS common advice to automatically include the other offer letter?

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Re: matching need-based aid?

Postby admisionquestion » Wed Apr 18, 2012 10:47 pm

In my experience they ask.




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