secadc11 wrote:So School X reconsidered my scholarship and did increase it. However, they still did not match School Y - a higher ranked peer school (with similar COL) that was included in the negotiation email.
Is it rude/tactless to basically say "Thank you, but I still would need more money to attend"? Has anyone done something along these lines? PM if you'd rather stay private.
I know somebody (not on TLS) that was in this situation but with two similarly ranked schools. They gave School Y's offer (~120K) to School X, who then bumped up their offer to ~60K IIRC. They sent an email saying basically 'Thank you. I'm still very interested in School X. I understand that scholarship funds are a fluid resource and I hope that you'll keep me in mind if more funds become available.' A week later School X came back with a ~120K offer.
I think that it is rude to say 'I need more money to attend' but you can get the desired outcome in a non-rude and effective way. I wouldn't bring up School Y again. School X already has that info and I can't think of a non-rude/offensive way to bring it up again.