Leveraging scholarships?

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Leveraging scholarships?

Postby jbrowning82 » Fri Jan 29, 2010 11:25 am

Changing this topic completely because my first one could be answered pretty obviously.

Here's my question. Say I got 20k a year at X and 30K a year from Y. If I contacted X to try and negotiate a better offer, would it be possible for them to be somehow offended and revoke the offer entirely? I view this as a business decision and I'm sure they do as well but I want to make sure.

Edit: I removed the names because they were hypothetical and i dont want anyones advice to be based upon them.
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Re: Leverageing scholarships?

Postby thelawguy777 » Fri Jan 29, 2010 12:58 pm

I don't think so... But by all means, be tactful. In-person, face-to-face, negotiation seem much more appropriate to me for some reason... But maybe not...

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Re: Leverageing scholarships?

Postby dakatz » Fri Jan 29, 2010 12:59 pm

thelawguy777 wrote:I don't think so... But by all means, be tactful. In-person, face-to-face, negotiation seem much more appropriate to me for some reason... But maybe not...


I don't see how face-to-face negotiation could help. Its not the kind of decision they make right on the spot. I believe that multiple people have a say, and that sort of decision needs to be approved. Its not like going to a car salesman who will knock 2,000 off the price just by asking him.

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Re: Leverageing scholarships?

Postby thelawguy777 » Fri Jan 29, 2010 1:16 pm

That would also be my initial response. If you have bad people skills, then definitely don't go face to face.

However, I have a friends who worked a tuition deal the same day. I don't know if it was just that particular law school (W&L), and it surely was an exception...

Nevertheless, I wouldn't suggest that you would have to get a decision that day either. If the powers that be in the admissions office can see that you have the interest to come and visit the school, say some nice things about it, ask good questions, then express economic reasons as the only thing keeping you out... To me that sounds like a much better plan than sending an email or calling (it seems more obvious that you are shopping them with just a phone call).

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Re: Leverageing scholarships?

Postby jbrowning82 » Fri Jan 29, 2010 1:38 pm

Yeah face to face isnt an option for me - Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon until June.

Anyway, hows this letter sound:

Mr. ______,

I am honored by the offer of admission to X and its offer of a $20,000 renewable scholarship. I emailed Mr. X yesterday with a few questions about X in general and I expressed my sincere interest in attending this fall and I stand by those sentiments. Given my strong admissions profile, my unique work experience, and scholarship offers from other schools in the same region, I respectfully request that you consider adjusting my scholarship offer.

I was granted admission to Y with a scholarship of $30,000 per year guaranteed. Though the two schools have similar rankings and statistics, Y is my first choice because of blank, blank, and blank.

However, a difference in award of $10,000 per year between two schools of similar national rankings in the same region is a substantial amount of money for a twenty three year old Peace Corps volunteer. I understand that the cost of living in X is slightly lower than in Y but not enough to cover the difference in the two awards. With the current difficult economic landscape, I owe it to myself to consider Illinois' generous offer. That said, I genuinely hope to be able to enroll at X and If you would consider adjusting the original offer, it would remove any financial obstacles and make my decision very simple..

Thank you very much for your consideration of my request and good luck with the rest of the application review process. I look forward to hearing back from you.

Sincerely
blah blah blah

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Re: Leverageing scholarships?

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Re: Leverageing scholarships?

Postby gitls » Fri Jan 29, 2010 1:46 pm

sundevil77 wrote:See this thread http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=79373

Also, if you want people to take this thread seriously, I suggest changing "leverageing" to leveraging. Just a thought.


Get off your high horse.

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Re: Leverageing scholarships?

Postby jbrowning82 » Fri Jan 29, 2010 1:48 pm

Yeah I made a typo.
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Re: Leverageing scholarships?

Postby sundevil77 » Fri Jan 29, 2010 1:53 pm

gitls wrote:
sundevil77 wrote:See this thread http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=79373

Also, if you want people to take this thread seriously, I suggest changing "leverageing" to leveraging. Just a thought.


Get off your high horse.


Hey, I'm not trying to be a jerk, but I've hung around this site long enough to know what people think. I honestly think more people would respond if the title was spelled correctly.

Also, I really think the thread I suggested has some very useful information that could help the OP, if he hasn't already looked at it.




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