ilikebaseball wrote:I'm in that stage of my app cycle, so I was wondering if someone could help me out here...
I'm trying to negotiate $$$ from some schools that I CLEARLY don't want to attend. I'm just trying to get more out of them to use it against my top choices. Could I sorta give them a polite ultimatum?
Say something like "I really like your school for X and Y reasons. However, I was wondering if you could make it a bit more reasonable, because in the current state I cannot attend."
Then if they say "We don't negotiate"
Basically say "I'm sorry then, but I have to withdraw my application. Thanks for everything."
Like, that doesn't come across as rude to me, but I was wondering if, strategically, if that's acceptable.
Caveat that I haven't started negotiating yet, but I've definitely seen people do this successfully in the negotiating scholarships thread. I'll try to find the posts.
ETA: I couldn't find them, but I'm pretty sure it's a credited strategy. Just try emphasizing that you wouldn't withdraw if they were willing to negotiate in the last email.