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Re: Negotiating Merit Aid

Posted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 2:41 pm
by chrisbru
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.

Re: Negotiating Merit Aid

Posted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 2:41 pm
by PrideandGlory1776
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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Posted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 5:44 pm
by kimkardashian
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Re: Negotiating Merit Aid

Posted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 5:45 pm
by Brettanomyces
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.

Re: Negotiating Merit Aid

Posted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 3:29 am
by Moonlight
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.

Re: Negotiating Merit Aid

Posted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 10:42 am
by Merylian
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.

Re: Negotiating Merit Aid

Posted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 4:54 pm
by Dingo Starr
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.

Re: Negotiating Merit Aid

Posted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 4:59 pm
by Moonlight
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.

Re: Negotiating Merit Aid

Posted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 6:27 pm
by squee116
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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Posted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 12:39 pm
by kimkardashian
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Posted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 12:41 pm
by kimkardashian
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Re: Negotiating Merit Aid

Posted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 12:45 pm
by rwhyAn
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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Posted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 2:19 pm
by kimkardashian
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Re: Negotiating Merit Aid

Posted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 11:16 am
by theycallmefoes
Do the new UNSW rankings matter (i.e., in comparison to last year's rankings) for scholarship negotiations?

Re: Negotiating Merit Aid

Posted: Fri Mar 21, 2014 1:38 am
by squee116
Just heard back from IUB and SMU. No negotiating going on.

Re: Negotiating Merit Aid

Posted: Mon Mar 24, 2014 5:40 pm
by bombaysippin
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).

Re: Negotiating Merit Aid

Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 11:29 am
by CoffeeIsLife
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.

Re: Negotiating Merit Aid

Posted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 3:33 pm
by rstahl
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"

Re: Negotiating Merit Aid

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by daniel14
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Re: Negotiating Merit Aid

Posted: Tue Mar 14, 2017 12:26 am
by beforethelaw
I applied late in the game, so I've received a few offers but am waiting to hear back from most of the schools I applied to. How long should I wait on the other schools before starting the negotiation process?

Re: Negotiating Merit Aid

Posted: Wed Mar 15, 2017 4:09 pm
by potus
beforethelaw wrote:I applied late in the game, so I've received a few offers but am waiting to hear back from most of the schools I applied to. How long should I wait on the other schools before starting the negotiation process?


You should go ahead and get the initial negotiation email out, if you have competitive offers between schools and can make an argument. You can always add or supplement your negotiations with new scholly offers when they come in.

Re: Negotiating Merit Aid

Posted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 8:53 pm
by nickles96
Any stats out there on asking for more merit after 1L (providing in top of class) , to prevent a transfer out?
Obviously not talking about T14s here.

Re: Negotiating Merit Aid

Posted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 11:23 am
by AlexFergusonLS
nickles96 wrote:Any stats out there on asking for more merit after 1L (providing in top of class) , to prevent a transfer out?
Obviously not talking about T14s here.


Same question, but talking about t14's - I read an anecdotal thing about someone doing this at Northwestern successfully. Anyone know at Columbia or other top schools?

Re: Negotiating Merit Aid

Posted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 6:52 pm
by carsondalywashere
I made an ultimatum in my scholarship reconsideration form that I'm worried is going to come across as entitled. Am I out of luck and should wait till they respond, or should I send a follow-up email?