I just submitted an e-mail trying to negotiate a scholarship. I got 5k/year from UIUC, and I really want to go...but the COST! Last night I was talking to my dad (where I have my mail sent due to my current status as a vagrant) and he mentioned that SMU sent me an acceptance with 78k! I can't believe that amount. I was pretty set on UIUC, and I was def going to attend if they gave me 25%...but after this huge amount SMU is a big contender. I like many aspects of TX (weather, job climate, growth, some family, etc), but I never really gave SMU much consideration because I didn't think they would give me any either, but this makes my decision difficult. I'm really hoping UIUC comes through with 50%, it wouldn't even be a contest at that point; I would be in Champaign this fall. But if I get 25% or nothing at all, this decision will be a hard one. 78k is a lot and SMU is a good school, I just hope UIUC recognizes that and tries to come close to matching that much money. I would love to stay in Illinois, I suppose this is a good problem to have. sigh.
I'm so thankful I found this site. This time last year I had a 155 LSAT, a rejection from UIUC, waitlist at SLU, and I was content to going to a school for damn near sticker. Take time to study, retake, enjoy the rewards of your labor!