vbc515 wrote:Hi everyone,
Just a quick question... does anybody know if I still have to be a prospective student of all the schools who I am mentioning to try to negotiate scholarship money? I'll use an example to clarify... I have been accepted to U of Miami with $25k a year and Tulane with $30k a year, but there is close to 0% chance of me going to either. Do I still have to be a prospective student at both when I write UGA or Emory, for example, schools that I am seriously considering and trying to negotiate scholarship money with, or can I go ahead and withdraw from Miami and Tulane so the spots open up for others and just attach copies of the acceptance/scholly letters when I write to UGA/Emory?
There's been a history of some schools calling others to confirm scholarship details. If they call another school and you are no longer a prospective student there, you've pretty much lost all of your leverage in negotiating because you no longer have the alternative of "walking away" from Emory or UGA.
Also, although it might be a bit harsh, don't worry about opening spots for others. This is your life and you earned those acceptances, so you might as well use them for as much leverage as possible.