kershka wrote: kemosabe wrote:
lastsamurai wrote:Anyone else get an email about confirming you want to be considered for merit scholarships? There was no essay prompt, so I'm not entirely sure what materials to send in or if I should send anything in at all. Excited to be considered though!
Anyone know if they've done this in years past? It'd be nice to have some intel as to how this process played itself out for others.
Yeah, they have. The discussion starts here http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/v ... start=1850
I think people first started hearing back on page 85ish.
Summary of what I've read of the thread so far: people who asked for six figure scholarships to compete with other scholarships and had high stats didn't do as well (this is tentative because some people asked for a lot and still made it to the final round). People who emphasized how much they loved GULC did better. A small group of people from those in the "select group" (i.e. those of us who get this form to fill out) become finalists and are asked to submit a 150 word essay about their biggest mistake. The rest received notice that they were not going to be offered merit aid.
Still reading, but will update later with more info.
Edit: people start announcing actual scholarship amounts on page 101. Lowest was around 15k/year, highest I've seen so far was 27k/year. Seems like people who stated scholarship amounts from other T14s (within this range) received a matching offer.
Edit 2: It also sounds like if you get need based aid in excess of your merit aid, they replace your merit award with the need-based one instead of combining them. Not sure if this was true or not; just how some of last year's applicants read their scholarship award emails.
This advice applies to all schools, not just Georgetown:
That sounds about right. Last year, I didn't receive one of those e-mails, but I contacted them myself and basically asked to be considered and then they sent me one. The process is annoying, but it's worth trying. Even if they tell you you're not being considered anymore, it's sometimes still possible to get something if you keep emphasizing that money is a big concern. If you got an award from another school, I don't recommend giving exact numbers. Maybe say "A competitive law school offered me half-tuition" or something else broad like that. It lets them know they've got serious competition without showing your hand.
The awards themselves vary a lot. I know people that got 5k/year and people who got 40k/year. 10-15 is probably the average. In my experience talking to my classmates, mentioning other schools is usually your best bet to get more.
The thing about need/merit aid is true of all the top law schools. Essentially, what they do is calculate your overall need, then subtract your merit award and make up the difference in need-based aid. So, if your need exceeds your merit award, the merit award is basically meaningless (and conversely, if your merit award exceeds your need, you won't get much need-based aid). When I got my award, they gave me a large need-based grant then said, "hey, here's a little more on top of that because we like you". The need-based aid I got from Gtown was actually higher than any other top 20 school, so that made my decision easy.