Doritos wrote:The admissions staff said they consider you the same (check out the TLS interview..) but I just don't buy it. Scholarships are there to draw prospectives in and if you ED you're already in. They may shoot the most impressive ED'ers some cash so word doesn't get out that EDing will bar you from aid but if you want those dolla bills you should do RD. Also, I think a lot of EDers do ED because they are borderline candidates. My guess is most ED'ers are people who have a good chance of getting WLed if RD so they do ED to avoid the inevitable death that is UVa's WL. So I think both of those factors (borderline stats + no need to lure you away from other schools with $$$) equal the majority of ED'ers gettin 0 scholarship money.
I spoke to a recently admitted student last Friday during ASW who said he applied ED but was blown away when he still got a half-tuition scholarship offer. UVA really does give scholarships to ED applicants, and they do have incentive to do so; if they keep promoting the idea that folks who ED above median will get scholarships, then more folks above their median will ED. That helps make their admissions process easier.
However, that still requires a warning, which is that you shouldn't ED unless you're willing to attend without a scholarship since there's no guarantee you'll get one. I also think you're right that most EDers are folks who wouldn't stand to get money or an acceptance at all RD, so they don't have to give money to those people. But those people aren't holding out for scholarship money from UVA anyway.