I'm not sure if a forum has been made about this already (in which case, feel free to link me up), but in case it hasn't, I'm having problems negotiating with UT-Austin.
My bargaining chips:
$75000 from Fordham
$120000 from WUSTL
Admission to Cornell (but at sticker)
I emailed them with the offers/admission just two days ago, and they responded today with:
"Unfortunately awards through our office have been finalized however I would recommend that you look into alternative funding/loans."
I'm not sure if that means that they're out of money, or if they just don't feel like handing me any additional money. They've only given me $21000, so it's still expensive to go there. I must also note that I want to use an improved offer from UT-Austin to negotiate with Cornell's super expensive sticker, since I've lived in New York for the last 4 years and would prefer to stay here.
Do you have any advice? Is there another person to talk to besides the nice people in the financial aid office? Is this sort of stonewalling from them common? Is it still worth it to keep pushing them further?
Thanks in advance.
If it makes you feel any better, I have better stats than you and received nothing from UT. I even tried to contact them and negotiate with offers I had from much, much better schools than theirs and they wouldn't give me the time of day. I have been very unimpressed with their staff members in general as they've been extremely unhelpful and borderline rude.