chinagator wrote:I do not understand GW's merit aid policy at all.
"At this point, we have made a first round of merit scholarship awards. Merit scholarship award letters were included in the acceptance packages of those selected. Based upon the number of award recipients who have accepted thus far, as well as past experience, we think it is very unlikely that funds will become available to allow us to make a second round of merit scholarship awards."
The 'those selected' seem to be very arbitrary. There are so many people with above median numbers who got nothing, but have identical numbers and just as strong of applications as some of those who get $100,000. This makes absolutely no sense. The expected cost per year is $69,000. Soooo, $207,000 over 3 years, and they offer absolutely nothing to lessen the blow? Wow....
Does anyone know if their policy has always been this way?
I think that it's awful hard be the judge of who has a strong application, especially because it's very difficult to say what exactly their Adcomm is looking for. I don't think they're throwing names of those people who have similarly high numbers into a hat and pulling names. It seems like what you're saying is that they have no reasonable way of deciding which applicant is better for their school. I think that their policy, and probably the policy of many other schools, is to choose not only the bright people with good numbers, but to choose the people who they think will bring more to their school. You've got high numbers? Great. What about the girl that helped start an adoption agency in China for disabled children? When we start talking about $$$$, above median numbers are almost always necessary but are rarely sufficient (unless you have a 170+, a 3.9+, and are applying to schools all below top 14). I might be completely off here, but that my .02 cents.