jayare wrote:mbv wrote:FYI, UCI will not be giving need based grants with their financial aid package. This info was provided by Nasreen (Dir of financial aid) who gave my group the tour of the law school during ASD.
She also said they are not neogtiating merit aid offers to students. Does anyone have any experiences on the contrary? I recall reading someone "poshh.. (username)" saying he/she was international and got a full scholarship. Anyone else?
Anecdotal evidence from ASD confirms they aren't negotiating. This seems like a dangerous long-term strategy though. Who would take 50% at UCI (as much as I love it) if you had even 25% to a T14 (especially out of staters whose tuition I've read is expected to rise above 60k by 2013)? I think they're banking on a certain type of student really disregarding finances for the unique UCI opportunity.
I asked various administrators from UCI what their plans were for scholarships in the coming years. Nasreen said they don't know yet, BUT they might do 50% again or maybe 1/3 or maybe case-by-case. She did say that in the long run they want to be at least as competitive as Berkeley in merit aid.
I'm interested how this will affect the stats for the incoming class. Though, Dean Chemerinsky seemed to say that UCI WILL maintain their medians and they will extend offers to students accordingly.
I emailed Dean Ortiz after ASD and she said based on my other offers, she is not willing to increase my scholarship funds. However, she never in her email said explicitly that UCI is NOT competing at all. That would have been an easy answer to type. Instead, she was very specific in explaining how my offer at UCI made thm equal or comprable in cost to my other offers.