lawschool22 wrote:kdot wrote:guano wrote:I'd say wait until asked. Otherwise you're just setting a cap on how much they'll offer.
If you say "I got X from a peer school", they know they just need to match, or barely beat X.
If you say that you got scholarships at a peer school (or better) then they'll have to make an offer and hope it's good enough. If it's less than X, you can then go back and ask them to match it (or try to beat it)
Thanks for your response. I have to admit: I've been lurking through TLS for a while and hadn't really considered that option. All of the examples I've seen have stated dollar amounts.
Do you think that it makes sense to say (assuming they are all peer schools), "I received scholarships from schools W,X,Y, and Z"? Or just cite one school?
I guess I am trying to figure out if the presence of multiple scholarships would make a school more likely to negotiate.
Use dollar amounts if you want, but if you do, just say "$XX" is what I would need to make X School financially feasible for me. And that number should be highre than the other schools' offers.
But I would refrain from dollar amounts unless they specifically ask. It's the first rule in negotiation, give away as little information about your position as possible. They may offer you more than you even request, but if you request a certain amount, they will never exceed that.
What about negotiating stips? I have almost the same exact offer from schools with literally the same ranking but one of them has a 3.2 GPA stip and the other is "good standing." Would it be advantageous to point that out as a legitimate concern?
I've also received advice that you should always attach other schools' offers in your email. You're saying to hold off on that until they specifically request it?