supersplittysplitter wrote:saw this question in the negotiation thread but I wanted to post it here and see if I could get some expert advice:
"Do you suggest listing the amounts in the initial negotiation email, or rather just say I have other fired and wait till they request the specific amount/PDF copies?"
I've been listing my amounts, but it hasn't really been working because none of my schools have matched my other offers, even when I've presented much higher offers from higher ranked schools. Should I be playing my cards closer to the vest?
This time of year we start getting a number of scholarship negotiation questions. I've tried to intimate the following in a few recent posts and I think in my attempt to be overly diplomatic I have been confusing. I apologize for that and feel the need to be more direct. If the medium of a message board makes it sound anything other than me just trying to be fair and honest, please know it is nothing but that.
We have clients who we help deeply with scholarship negotiation, who sign up with us because they want help with this part as much as any other part of the application. In the past, we have given advice on this board about how to negotiate and that strategy was soon after rendered obsolete because schools started changing their methods. Obviously we have no way of knowing if it were because we said to do x, y and z in a public forum, but were are very averse to doing so again because we are really committed to helping our clients and giving advice here that sticks. I would hate to say "this works" only to find a week later it is now shunned upon.
So, to just end on a slightly more helpful voice -- always be polite and remember you have leverage if you do have other offers that are competitive relative to the school you are talking with. In regard to that negotiation thread I would be very careful about discussing strategies there too.