fakemoney wrote: mf980 wrote:
maglialoro wrote:So i put together what I thought was going to be an effective negotiation letter to get Fordham to match my BC. Just got a response that said "no thanks, we are good". Sucks because I really kinda sorta want to stay in NYC. Has anyone had success with Fordham as of yet?
The same thing happened to me.
The e-mail from the assistant Dean had a few typos and was less than professional.
I was disappointed with the language he used while handling my request.
The response was literally -- verbatim -- "No thanks, we are good"?
Not entirely, but the e-mail made it clear that Fordham has ranked its admitted students for financial aid (not a shocker, given different scholarship amounts), and if you fit into a certain rank, you aren't getting more money than they have already offered.
I'm not exaggerating, I'm just summarizing the response I received.
akcorps wrote:Look, I don't want to be a pain, but it might be that taking an aggressive approach like leveraging your scholly from another school is a turn-off for the admissions department. At the ASD they were quite clear that they select the class based on a number of factors that include who you are in order to generate a well rounded class profile and keep the "friendly Fordham" experience. I think opening a negotiation by telling someone you got a better offer from another school would be a little heavy handed, myself. If I was in charge I would also probably wish you luck at your other program and privately tell myself that it may have been the right choice to not give more aid. I know that sounds harsh, but you are trying to sell yourself as a better candidate not hashing out a diplomatic treaty. The point being that they have a larger pool of options to draw on than you do thus placing them in a better position. There is little to no incentive to give you more money unless you let them know you are bringing something to the table they previously overlooked.
I think I was pretty professional, and I had a few people (including my undergraduate advisor) look over my conversation to see if it was appropriate.
The Director of Admissions was very professional and courteous with her communication, and she even e-mailed me after midnight during our conversation--which I was impressed with.
I made my letter transparent, stating that I would like to attend Fordham, which is one of my top choices, and that I would like to stay in New York for Law School. I presented the scholarship offered by the school that I am weighing most heavily against Fordham so that they could see the difference in the cost of attendance and could use that as a measure to work with while addressing my request.
I'm still considering Fordham as much as I did before I received a discouraging e-mail from the Assistant Dean, but I am honestly disappointed with how they treated my concern.