Looking for some advice, I appreciate any input (merit aid)

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Dawak1
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Looking for some advice, I appreciate any input (merit aid)

Postby Dawak1 » Sun Jun 24, 2012 10:31 pm

I was accepted to Fordham PT a couple of weeks ago, and I paid my full deposit ($1000) last week. Fordham is my top choice, but due to familial circumstances I will be requesting to transfer to Full time asap (this is a separate issue I guess but its also a factor). Fordham and SMU are the only two schools I applied to and Fordham was my top choice for obvious reasons (also I would strongly prefer to work in NYC ultimately). These schools were my only viable options for law school because I have family in both cities that I can live with during law school.

I was fully intending on attending Fordham (hopefully as FT) but just a couple days ago I received an admissions offer as well as a 25k per year Deans Scholarship from SMU FT (I applied super late). From Fordham I have received a 7k merit scholarship (LSAT is above median but GPA is below).


I was looking for some advice on how to properly negotiate merit aid with Fordham. I would prefer to attend Fordham (currently admitted as a PT student) but the offer from SMU is very enticing, given the scholarship and the fact that it is FT division. SMU has excellent employment prospects/reputation in dallas and I would happily live there. Ideally however I would attend fordham FT with a decent amount of aid. In terms of etiquette what is the best way to discuss all of this with fordham? a phone call? If I e-mail them them do I need to attach my scholarship offer letter from SMU as proof? Is that even necessary?

Any advice is appreciated.

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Re: Looking for some advice, I appreciate any input (merit aid)

Postby dingbat » Mon Jun 25, 2012 12:14 am

Dawak1 wrote:I was accepted to Fordham PT a couple of weeks ago, and I paid my full deposit ($1000) last week.Fordham is my top choice, but due to familial circumstances I will be requesting to transfer to Full time asap (this is a separate issue I guess but its also a factor). Fordham and SMU are the only two schools I applied to and Fordham was my top choice for obvious reasons (also I would strongly prefer to work in NYC ultimately). These schools were my only viable options for law school because I have family in both cities that I can live with during law school.
I was fully intending on attending Fordham (hopefully as FT)but just a couple days ago I received an admissions offer as well as a 25k per year Deans Scholarship from SMU FT (I applied super late). From Fordham I have received a 7k merit scholarship (LSAT is above median but GPA is below).

I was looking for some advice on how to properly negotiate merit aid with Fordham. I would prefer to attend Fordham (currently admitted as a PT student) but
the offer from SMU is very enticing, given the scholarship and the fact that it is FT division. SMU has excellent employment prospects/reputation in dallas and I would happily live there.Ideally however I would attend fordham FTwith a decent amount of aid. In terms of etiquette what is the best way to discuss all of this with fordham? a phone call?If I e-mail them them do I need to attach my scholarship offer letter from SMU as proof? Is that even necessary?

Any advice is appreciated
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Email this.
They are willing to discuss the matter via email. Whether to include offer letter as proof or not is up to you. I don't think it really matters.

I dont know if it's better to request switching to FT before, after, or at the same time, so in that regard you're on your own

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Re: Looking for some advice, I appreciate any input (merit aid)

Postby cutecarmel » Mon Jun 25, 2012 12:27 am

I would call instead of email. Ask them if they have anymore funds available for scholarships.

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Re: Looking for some advice, I appreciate any input (merit aid)

Postby dingbat » Mon Jun 25, 2012 12:32 am

cutecarmel wrote:I would call instead of email. Ask them if they have anymore funds available for scholarships.

I would advise against this. Fordham has stated they don't have any funds left for merit aid (but need-based is still available). Without giving them a chance to look at your file, there's no reason for them to tell you otherwise.
If you email, they can look over your file before getting back to you. Give them that chance.




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