blurose wrote:I was offered 12k plus Aston. I have until Wednesday to give them an answer. I was hoping for more aid, especially since I've seen others on TLS Stats with similar numbers get offered 25k. I was told that I'd be put on a list in case more money is freed up, but I'm pretty sure once I submit my deposit they won't offer me anything more, they have no incentive to do so.Any suggestions on how to go about this?
"Plus Aston" - do you mean you just got on the list to live there, or do you mean they're paying for you to live there? Because that's a huge $17k a year if they're paying for that...
You might have been referring to me, I have a 168/2.7 and will attend with $25k a year. I think you might have success being aggressive in showing GW your other scholarship offers when you ask for more money. That's what I did right when I found out I was admitted from the WL, and their first offer was the $25k, which I haven't been able to raise since then.
Yeah, when I said plus Aston I meant they are covering the cost of living there for the first year. I don't think it goes beyond that since that's housing for 1Ls. I don't think my aid offer goes beyond 1L either, I think it's just 12,000 for the first year. It's need-based aid so there's no stipulation, and I am hoping I might get more the following years since by then I will be old enough that they will not request my parents' information, although I would be surprised if my parents' information caused them to award me less this year because their income is minimal.
edit: Yep, I was referring to you, Wily
, when I said that about others receiving more aid. Also a couple of people on TLS Stats, although perhaps in their case they applied early or their GPAs were higher than mine. I mean, I realize that this is a nice offer and I am grateful for it, really. I'm just really nervous about taking on so much debt, and the scaremongers on these forums don't help. I hear a lot about how GW is overrated for what you are expected to pay or take on in debt, and I would hate to make an unwise investment with very little certainty with regards to job prospects, although of course I know I'm not the only one with this problem. You're right that the Aston stipend is a big help, since it costs $16,900 to live there for two semesters. I was told either I could have that or $5,000 in merit-based aid, plus the 12,000 in need-based aid. Aston seemed like the better deal.