Capitol A wrote:jcdc wrote:Flips88 wrote:meepmeep123 wrote:has anyone had any luck negotiating a merit scholarship??
They matched my Vandy offer
They wouldn't match my WUSTL offer. Very frustrating... said that while I was very interested in W&M, the availability of merit aid would play a large part in my decision and sent the text of the WUSTL offer. For those of you that negotiated successfully, did you do it differently?
I attempted unsuccessfully to negotiate with W&M, but I may still have a little insight for you....
I actually spoke in person to 2 different deans of admissions and they both said basically the same thing...Your approach when bringing up the negotiation means everything. If you send them a letter or email or say in person: "School X gave me this much, if you match that I will go to your school." or anything to that effect, they are much less likely to respond favorably. This approach makes them feel like you are threatening them or something. They do not want students who are coming to their school because they are paying them. They want a class full of the brightest people possible, but they want those to be people who are truly excited about their institution. The more effective approach is the one someone mentioned a second ago..."I would LOVE to attend W&M, but unfortunately money has to be a big part of my decision. school X is more affordable because they offered my 'y' scholarship. Is there any way that W&M would be able to adjust my scholarship in order to make this decision a clearer for me?"
I can understand that argument, but it sounds like flips did the first approach and mine was closer to the second, yet he was successful and I wasn't. I'm guessing it's bc Vandy's offer would have made Vandy cheaper, whereas while my WUSTL offer is larger, their tuition is higher so it would still be more expensive than W&M, even with W&M's smaller offer.
Hate that this threw a wrench in my plans... I thought W&M would match, making it significantly cheaper and the decision would be easy. Think it'd be an awful idea to retry with the exact words you used in a couple months?