How to approach denying schools this application cycle with the intention of re-applying next cycle with updated scores?

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How to approach denying schools this application cycle with the intention of re-applying next cycle with updated scores?

Postby abg591 » Thu Jan 25, 2018 5:35 pm

I'm most likely going to be aiming for a higher LSAT score and re-applying in the fall, but I've gotten into some great schools this cycle that I'd like to seriously consider next year as well, if I am lucky enough to get admitted again. I would accept this year, but I just can't afford to take out the amount of loans that I'd need to when I know I can raise my LSAT score and be in substantially less debt.

What's a good way of going about communicating to these schools that I am withdrawing for this year, not because I don't want to attend, but because I want a second chance at merit aid in the next cycle?

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Re: How to approach denying schools this application cycle with the intention of re-applying next cycle with updated sco

Postby bretby » Thu Jan 25, 2018 5:56 pm

abg591 wrote:I'm most likely going to be aiming for a higher LSAT score and re-applying in the fall, but I've gotten into some great schools this cycle that I'd like to seriously consider next year as well, if I am lucky enough to get admitted again. I would accept this year, but I just can't afford to take out the amount of loans that I'd need to when I know I can raise my LSAT score and be in substantially less debt.

What's a good way of going about communicating to these schools that I am withdrawing for this year, not because I don't want to attend, but because I want a second chance at merit aid in the next cycle?


They won't care. I applied to, was given scholarships by, and then turned down some schools three times in my path to deciding to go to law school.

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Re: How to approach denying schools this application cycle with the intention of re-applying next cycle with updated sco

Postby abg591 » Thu Jan 25, 2018 5:58 pm

bretby wrote:
abg591 wrote:I'm most likely going to be aiming for a higher LSAT score and re-applying in the fall, but I've gotten into some great schools this cycle that I'd like to seriously consider next year as well, if I am lucky enough to get admitted again. I would accept this year, but I just can't afford to take out the amount of loans that I'd need to when I know I can raise my LSAT score and be in substantially less debt.

What's a good way of going about communicating to these schools that I am withdrawing for this year, not because I don't want to attend, but because I want a second chance at merit aid in the next cycle?


They won't care. I applied to, was given scholarships by, and then turned down some schools three times in my path to deciding to go to law school.


That's reassuring! Can you give me a sense of the language you used when turning down those schools? Not sure how to phrase it so I don't accidentally burn any bridges, but I guess I may just be over-thinking!

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Re: How to approach denying schools this application cycle with the intention of re-applying next cycle with updated sco

Postby bretby » Thu Jan 25, 2018 6:03 pm

abg591 wrote:
bretby wrote:
abg591 wrote:I'm most likely going to be aiming for a higher LSAT score and re-applying in the fall, but I've gotten into some great schools this cycle that I'd like to seriously consider next year as well, if I am lucky enough to get admitted again. I would accept this year, but I just can't afford to take out the amount of loans that I'd need to when I know I can raise my LSAT score and be in substantially less debt.

What's a good way of going about communicating to these schools that I am withdrawing for this year, not because I don't want to attend, but because I want a second chance at merit aid in the next cycle?


They won't care. I applied to, was given scholarships by, and then turned down some schools three times in my path to deciding to go to law school.


That's reassuring! Can you give me a sense of the language you used when turning down those schools? Not sure how to phrase it so I don't accidentally burn any bridges, but I guess I may just be over-thinking!


I don't think I did anything in particular. Some schools send you a survey of where you applied, were accepted, and are matriculating. I filled those out, but never communicated beyond that with Admissions. The one exception was when I interviewed for a full scholarship that I ended up turning down. I told them that I decided to go another direction because of family reasons (which was true), but I was no more specific than that.



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