lsatcrazy wrote:Sorry to ruin page 180 with a financial aid question...I just got the email about FA, and they make it clear that they do not differentiate b/w merit and need-based, and that you need to file a Need-Access to get anything. A few questions:
1. If you aren't getting need-based, do you need to file a FAFSA too?
2. Anyone know which of the other T14s do this merit/need-combination thing?
There's no way I'm getting need-based, so filling out a FAFSA etc. seems like a huge waste.../sigh...
You need to fill out all of the forms to qualify for need or merit based money. The process is the same for both, and they base awards on "a combination of need and merit." FWIW, based on previous students' experiences, they almost completely base it on merit, and the "need" part is just spin. The people with the better stats still get more $$$, so if you've got good #s I think it's completely worth your time to apply.