Negotiating Merit Aid

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Re: Negotiating Merit Aid

Postby chrisbru » Fri Mar 14, 2014 2:41 pm

squee116 wrote:I just started the negotiation process, and after sending a "cost is important; merit based aid will make a difference" email, the college asked for a request and the other offers.

Am I over-thinking things in believing that request means naming a specific number? Or should I just forward my other offers?


It sounds like they want to know what you think you should get, and see your other offers. I don't see why that's confusing. They're trying to bait you into telling them what the lowest amount you'll take is, probably.

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Re: Negotiating Merit Aid

Postby PrideandGlory1776 » Fri Mar 14, 2014 2:41 pm

Is there a list of school's who won't negotiate? I know that Yale, Harvard, Stanford obviously won't because they don't offer merit aid I also know Vanderbilt doesn't negotiate either. Are their any others that people know of?

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Re: Negotiating Merit Aid

Postby Brettanomyces » Fri Mar 14, 2014 5:45 pm

kimkardashian wrote:When negotiating, is it useless to bring up waitlisted schools? I'm negotiating for additional merit scholarships from schools ranked 20, 24, 27, 36, and 38 but I got waitlisted to four T-14s. I also got full scholarships to two schools ranked 58 and 86.


The consensus is that it is useless, yes.

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Re: Negotiating Merit Aid

Postby Moonlight » Sun Mar 16, 2014 3:29 am

PrideandGlory1776 wrote:Is there a list of school's who won't negotiate? I know that Yale, Harvard, Stanford obviously won't because they don't offer merit aid I also know Vanderbilt doesn't negotiate either. Are their any others that people know of?


Believe it or not, Santa Clara law refuses to negotiate as well.

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Re: Negotiating Merit Aid

Postby Merylian » Sun Mar 16, 2014 10:42 am

PrideandGlory1776 wrote:Is there a list of school's who won't negotiate? I know that Yale, Harvard, Stanford obviously won't because they don't offer merit aid I also know Vanderbilt doesn't negotiate either. Are their any others that people know of?


UNC doesn't negotiate.

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Re: Negotiating Merit Aid

Postby Dingo Starr » Sun Mar 16, 2014 4:54 pm

Moonlight wrote:
PrideandGlory1776 wrote:Is there a list of school's who won't negotiate? I know that Yale, Harvard, Stanford obviously won't because they don't offer merit aid I also know Vanderbilt doesn't negotiate either. Are their any others that people know of?


Believe it or not, Santa Clara law refuses to negotiate as well.


Strangely enough, USF wouldn't budge with me either. It's just first round, though. They may change their mind.

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Re: Negotiating Merit Aid

Postby Moonlight » Sun Mar 16, 2014 4:59 pm

Dingo Starr wrote:
Moonlight wrote:
PrideandGlory1776 wrote:Is there a list of school's who won't negotiate? I know that Yale, Harvard, Stanford obviously won't because they don't offer merit aid I also know Vanderbilt doesn't negotiate either. Are their any others that people know of?


Believe it or not, Santa Clara law refuses to negotiate as well.


Strangely enough, USF wouldn't budge with me either. It's just first round, though. They may change their mind.


Really? What did they say? You can PM me if that's better for you.

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Re: Negotiating Merit Aid

Postby squee116 » Mon Mar 17, 2014 6:27 pm

Just heard back from SMU. They just asked if I got my scholly offer in the admission packet, rather than assuming I'm trying to negotiate. Is there a proper way to phrase this without just saying "Yes, I got the scholarship info, but I want MOAR!"

I do have a rough draft, and was curious if it sounded too money grubby.

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Re: Negotiating Merit Aid

Postby rwhyAn » Wed Mar 19, 2014 12:45 pm

kimkardashian wrote:
Brettanomyces wrote:
kimkardashian wrote:When negotiating, is it useless to bring up waitlisted schools? I'm negotiating for additional merit scholarships from schools ranked 20, 24, 27, 36, and 38 but I got waitlisted to four T-14s. I also got full scholarships to two schools ranked 58 and 86.


The consensus is that it is useless, yes.


Thanks for the response. Should I mention the full scholarships to the lower-ranked (58 and 86) schools when negotiating with the rest of them?


I would mention the full scholarships to lower ranked schools. It can only work to your advantage. If they believe that you may take the money and run, they may offer more. On the other hand, if you don't mention it, it gives a less compelling reason for them to negotiate.

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Re: Negotiating Merit Aid

Postby theycallmefoes » Thu Mar 20, 2014 11:16 am

Do the new UNSW rankings matter (i.e., in comparison to last year's rankings) for scholarship negotiations?

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Re: Negotiating Merit Aid

Postby squee116 » Fri Mar 21, 2014 1:38 am

Just heard back from IUB and SMU. No negotiating going on.

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Re: Negotiating Merit Aid

Postby bombaysippin » Mon Mar 24, 2014 5:40 pm

Might be a really small detail, but I'm wondering what people put in their subject line for the email that goes to admissions first (the email about asking who we can get in contact with to try and negotiate more money).

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Re: Negotiating Merit Aid

Postby CoffeeIsLife » Wed Mar 26, 2014 11:29 am

Bajam wrote:Might be a really small detail, but I'm wondering what people put in their subject line for the email that goes to admissions first (the email about asking who we can get in contact with to try and negotiate more money).


By no means am I an expert, but I just put "(Your name) Financial Aid" and it generally was met with a quick response.

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Re: Negotiating Merit Aid

Postby rstahl » Tue Apr 08, 2014 3:33 pm

Bajam wrote:Might be a really small detail, but I'm wondering what people put in their subject line for the email that goes to admissions first (the email about asking who we can get in contact with to try and negotiate more money).


I wouldn't even send that email. Go to the faculty page and find the right person (Director/Dean of Financial Aid/Admissions). Or you can look back at who signed your initial scholarship letter if there is one. I emailed the Dean of Admissions and the Director of Financial Services responded with a scholarship increase. It's down to the wire so just go for it. They know how to forward an email to the right person.

But as for your top inquiry, I just labeled mine "'Full name of Law School' Financing Request"




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