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Re: Northwestern Class of 2015 (now w/ 100% more Scarlet!)

Postby Dato » Tue Apr 03, 2012 4:51 pm

Question...

I just received an email from Northwestern with a .xls attachment that is my "preliminary financial aid package." If the only thing it shows is loans does this mean that they are not offering me any scholarship money??

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2015 (now w/ 100% more Scarlet!)

Postby crumpetsandtea » Tue Apr 03, 2012 4:53 pm

Dato wrote:Question...

I just received an email from Northwestern with a .xls attachment that is my "preliminary financial aid package." If the only thing it shows is loans does this mean that they are not offering me any scholarship money??

Unfortunately, yes. :(

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2015 (now w/ 100% more Scarlet!)

Postby Dato » Tue Apr 03, 2012 5:12 pm

Well that is frustrating. I applied last year and got 90k. The only reason I withdrew was because there was political strife in the country I was working in and I needed to extend my term. I came back and I even took the time to do an alumni interview... Something I couldn't do last year. The alumni interview went beautifully, I have no doubt. I even booked a flight to Chicago for next week and now there is no way I am going to Northwestern. This was one of my top choices!

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2015 (now w/ 100% more Scarlet!)

Postby cactuarX3 » Tue Apr 03, 2012 5:12 pm

crumpetsandtea wrote:
Dato wrote:Question...

I just received an email from Northwestern with a .xls attachment that is my "preliminary financial aid package." If the only thing it shows is loans does this mean that they are not offering me any scholarship money??

Unfortunately, yes. :(


Has anyone else tried negotiating? I tried but the financial aid office was pretty adamant about not changing anything.

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2015 (now w/ 100% more Scarlet!)

Postby crumpetsandtea » Tue Apr 03, 2012 5:14 pm

Dato wrote:Well that is frustrating. I applied last year and got 90k. The only reason I withdrew was because there was political strife in the country I was working in and I needed to extend my term. I came back and I even took the time to do an alumni interview... Something I couldn't do last year. The alumni interview went beautifully, I have no doubt. I even booked a flight to Chicago for next week and now there is no way I am going to Northwestern. This was one of my top choices!

:( I'm sorry!! It seems like they put much more focus on need-based aid this year.
cactuarX3 wrote:Has anyone else tried negotiating? I tried but the financial aid office was pretty adamant about not changing anything.

Honestly, I would have tried but I don't really have any other compelling offers. UIUC offered me even less than NU did, WUSTL only gave me 60K, and UMN gave me 84K but I didn't think they were particularly compelling for NU.

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2015 (now w/ 100% more Scarlet!)

Postby nini11 » Tue Apr 03, 2012 5:17 pm

I didn't try. And if this year they focused on need based then I should have gotten something, I'm poor as hell!!!!

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2015 (now w/ 100% more Scarlet!)

Postby cactuarX3 » Tue Apr 03, 2012 5:18 pm

crumpetsandtea wrote:
Dato wrote:Well that is frustrating. I applied last year and got 90k. The only reason I withdrew was because there was political strife in the country I was working in and I needed to extend my term. I came back and I even took the time to do an alumni interview... Something I couldn't do last year. The alumni interview went beautifully, I have no doubt. I even booked a flight to Chicago for next week and now there is no way I am going to Northwestern. This was one of my top choices!

:( I'm sorry!! It seems like they put much more focus on need-based aid this year.
cactuarX3 wrote:Has anyone else tried negotiating? I tried but the financial aid office was pretty adamant about not changing anything.

Honestly, I would have tried but I don't really have any other compelling offers. UIUC offered me even less than NU did, WUSTL only gave me 60K, and UMN gave me 84K but I didn't think they were particularly compelling for NU.


I think they just have a policy of not negotiating (for some reason). I told them I got more money from Duke but they didn't give a shit, probably because they know Chicago >>>> Durham

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2015 (now w/ 100% more Scarlet!)

Postby crumpetsandtea » Tue Apr 03, 2012 5:27 pm

cactuarX3 wrote:I think they just have a policy of not negotiating (for some reason). I told them I got more money from Duke but they didn't give a shit, probably because they know Chicago >>>> Durham

LOL!! And that sucks (not negotiating, I mean). Oh well, at least that means that they might have some extra $$ left over for the hold candidates!!
nini11 wrote:I didn't try. And if this year they focused on need based then I should have gotten something, I'm poor as hell!!!!

I mean, I say that because I'm not exactly in a position for merit aid, but I only made about $14-15K after taxes last year (with almost nothing in the bank) and I got $45K from them.

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2015 (now w/ 100% more Scarlet!)

Postby Blumpbeef » Tue Apr 03, 2012 5:31 pm

so crumps, your 45k was need or merit based?

ETA: or does NU not differentiate?

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2015 (now w/ 100% more Scarlet!)

Postby rinkrat19 » Tue Apr 03, 2012 5:32 pm

Blumpbeef wrote:so crumps, your 45k was need or merit based?
They don't specify in the award, but she's assuming her numbers weren't good enough for merit.

I'm assuming mine was mostly merit, and that the people with similar numbers and bigger awards to mine had greater need.

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2015 (now w/ 100% more Scarlet!)

Postby Blumpbeef » Tue Apr 03, 2012 5:34 pm

rinkrat19 wrote:
Blumpbeef wrote:so crumps, your 45k was need or merit based?
They don't specify in the award, but she's assuming her numbers weren't good enough for merit.

I'm assuming mine was mostly merit, and that the people with similar numbers and bigger awards to mine had greater need.


Ya, that's what I figured on rereading it, and remembering the comment about need being a factor in deciding award sizes.

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2015 (now w/ 100% more Scarlet!)

Postby chill » Tue Apr 03, 2012 5:41 pm

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2015 (now w/ 100% more Scarlet!)

Postby crumpetsandtea » Tue Apr 03, 2012 5:44 pm

chill wrote:We're in basically the same boat financially and numbers-wise. They gave me nada (to be fair, I went to the ER the day before the essays were due and wrote my final drafts while wiped out from that experience, so...). I think they were paying you back for being better advertisement for them than any of the glossy brochures they sent out. :D

LOL If that's it, well...yet another thing I have to thank TLS for :lol: But another factor might be that I turned in my application in like, early February. I basically finished it as soon as I possibly could without sacrificing quality. I know they do first-come first-serve for financial aid, so it's very possible that because I was maybe one of the first to apply, they were more generous, and then as they hit the later applicants they'd run out of money and were less inclined to give those with lower #s scholarship $$.

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2015 (now w/ 100% more Scarlet!)

Postby ConfidenceMan2 » Tue Apr 03, 2012 6:38 pm

Well, I'm sad to wave good-bye to my other options, but I'm committing to NU. My wife and I broke out the champagne last night to celebrate making a decision and she's started applying to jobs in Chicago. And I'm sitting gleefully on my lazy ass.

Very excited :D

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2015 (now w/ 100% more Scarlet!)

Postby crumpetsandtea » Tue Apr 03, 2012 6:41 pm

ConfidenceMan2 wrote:Well, I'm sad to wave good-bye to my other options, but I'm committing to NU. My wife and I broke out the champagne last night to celebrate making a decision and she's started applying to jobs in Chicago. And I'm sitting gleefully on my lazy ass.

Very excited :D

YAYYYYYYYY!!!!!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Nice to have you committing here!!! Will you be coming to ASW?

(And that makes me want to buy a bottle of cheap ass champagne myself to celebrate sending in my deposit :lol: )

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2015 (now w/ 100% more Scarlet!)

Postby ConfidenceMan2 » Tue Apr 03, 2012 7:16 pm

crumpetsandtea wrote:
ConfidenceMan2 wrote:Well, I'm sad to wave good-bye to my other options, but I'm committing to NU. My wife and I broke out the champagne last night to celebrate making a decision and she's started applying to jobs in Chicago. And I'm sitting gleefully on my lazy ass.

Very excited :D

YAYYYYYYYY!!!!!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Nice to have you committing here!!! Will you be coming to ASW?

(And that makes me want to buy a bottle of cheap ass champagne myself to celebrate sending in my deposit :lol: )


Unfortunately, I won't be making it to ASW. I'll hopefully just be living there in a couple of months anyway, ya know.

With regards to the cheap champagne... you've got the right idea :) If you can even afford cheap champagne after that $750 hit...

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2015 (now w/ 100% more Scarlet!)

Postby nini11 » Tue Apr 03, 2012 7:21 pm

I'm in the process of buying plane tickets....is it feasible to drive from NY to chicago?

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2015 (now w/ 100% more Scarlet!)

Postby Kikero » Tue Apr 03, 2012 7:27 pm

nini11 wrote:I'm in the process of buying plane tickets....is it feasible to drive from NY to chicago?


No, it's almost 800 miles. You'd spend more on gas/hotel rooms than a plane ticket.

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2015 (now w/ 100% more Scarlet!)

Postby nini11 » Tue Apr 03, 2012 8:01 pm

Kikero wrote:
nini11 wrote:I'm in the process of buying plane tickets....is it feasible to drive from NY to chicago?


No, it's almost 800 miles. You'd spend more on gas/hotel rooms than a plane ticket.


Great, thanks.

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2015 (now w/ 100% more Scarlet!)

Postby Dato » Wed Apr 04, 2012 12:34 am

how can i contact johann lee via email?

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2015 (now w/ 100% more Scarlet!)

Postby rinkrat19 » Wed Apr 04, 2012 12:38 am

Dato wrote:how can i contact johann lee via email?
Do you really, really need Johann specifically? I would probably just email the admissions office general address: admissions@law.northwestern.edu

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2015 (now w/ 100% more Scarlet!)

Postby crumpetsandtea » Wed Apr 04, 2012 12:39 am

rinkrat19 wrote:
Dato wrote:how can i contact johann lee via email?
Do you really, really need Johann specifically? I would probably just email the admissions office general address: admissions@law.northwestern.edu

Agreed. If you want to get in touch with him directly, I'd suggest going to his Twitter or G+ page.

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2015 (now w/ 100% more Scarlet!)

Postby emkay625 » Wed Apr 04, 2012 12:43 am

This dinner club business makes me reconsider....

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2015 (now w/ 100% more Scarlet!)

Postby tjddk » Wed Apr 04, 2012 3:14 am

Anybody ask the financial aid/admissions office for an extension of the April 16 deadline? I wasn't planning on visiting schools until the second half of April for work-related reasons... I feel like I can make it work with my boss if I get a few more days from Northwestern.

Also, I just looked at a map. Has Chicago always been that far from California? Somebody please tell me this is going to be okay?

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2015 (now w/ 100% more Scarlet!)

Postby dolfan0516 » Wed Apr 04, 2012 8:23 am

tjddk wrote:Anybody ask the financial aid/admissions office for an extension of the April 16 deadline?


...what April 16 deadline? Tuition deposit deadline is April 30.




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