Merit-based aid.

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patienunderstanding
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Merit-based aid.

Postby patienunderstanding » Sat Mar 31, 2012 12:42 pm

I have a question regarding merit-based aid. In general, what are the requirements? For example is it just number-based- LSAT, GPA or are there other requirements, such as state residency, URM, non-URM, citizenship status, part-time, full-time etc. etc.
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Re: Merit-based aid.

Postby cinephile » Sat Mar 31, 2012 5:53 pm

My understanding is that merit-based aid is just that, merit. Diversity scholarships certainly exist. I don't know about giving you more money for being in-state, because what does that do for the school? It boosts their ranking to attract minorities and high scoring individuals, but the other factors you listed don't do anything for the school.

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Re: Merit-based aid.

Postby NinerFan » Mon Apr 02, 2012 10:14 pm

My understanding is that stats like GPA and LSAT play a factor, but that gender and race does too.

The reasoning I've heard is that the pool of "qualified" URMs and females for law school appears to be smaller for top tier schools, so they're more likely to receive higher scholarships than a similarly qualified white male.

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Re: Merit-based aid.

Postby Alan » Tue Apr 03, 2012 1:22 am

NinerFan wrote:
The reasoning I've heard is that the pool of "qualified" URMs and females for law school appears to be smaller for top tier schools, so they're more likely to receive higher scholarships than a similarly qualified white male.


This is true.




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