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Title: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: seattlegirl on February 02, 2009, 09:43:28 AM
I tried to search for this in case it was posted already, however, the search function is acting up. I am wondering if anyone knows if you can “negotiate scholarships” with a university. I have heard of people doing this and I am wondering if anyone has suggestions on a tactful way to go about it, or has had success.

Here is the scenario:

I got accepted PT to a university that I would really like to attend. Tuition is around 38k. I did not receive any kind of scholarship offer. If I even received a thousand dollars, it would probably seal the deal and I would feel much better attending.

I also got accepted FT to a university with a slightly higher ranking than the first and a scholarship offer of $10k.

Is it possible to approach the first university and tell them that I really want to attend however, the money issue is of concern and show them that the second university, with a slightly higher ranking, has offered me money and ask them to consider doing the same?
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: seattlegirl on February 03, 2009, 03:19:31 PM
Anyone...
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: penni_rose on February 03, 2009, 03:40:36 PM
I know that it can be done. I've heard success stories, but I haven't tried it myself yet. I might be soon. I figure that it's worth a shot, right? The worst they can do is tell you "no."
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: seattlegirl on February 03, 2009, 03:53:48 PM
I know that it can be done. I've heard success stories, but I haven't tried it myself yet. I might be soon. I figure that it's worth a shot, right? The worst they can do is tell you "no."

I just don't know where to start. I want to be tactful. And yeah I guess tha tthe worse they can do is say no.
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: MissNatalie on February 05, 2009, 05:47:07 PM
I actually tried doing this last year.  I had narrowed my choices down to two. One school had offered me a full scholarship and the other had offered me the full first year and up to half thereafter.  I called the second school, explained the situation and asked if they would be willing to reconsider and possibly offer me more.  They said no, but at least I asked. I felt very awkward asking, but I'm glad that I did. This was a deal breaker for me, and ultimately I ended up picking the first school.  Hope this helps.
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: JeNeSaisLaw on February 05, 2009, 10:43:28 PM
I leveraged my Vandy scholarship to get my Texas scholarship, which I leveraged to get my Cornell scholarship. I also think I could have used those three to get more money from WashU and W&L for sure.

Basically I had to fax UT and Cornell my scholarship letters, and they responded accordingly.
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: seattlegirl on February 06, 2009, 09:25:48 AM
I leveraged my Vandy scholarship to get my Texas scholarship, which I leveraged to get my Cornell scholarship. I also think I could have used those three to get more money from WashU and W&L for sure.

Basically I had to fax UT and Cornell my scholarship letters, and they responded accordingly.

How did you go about doing this. I have an upcoming meeting with the financial aid department of the school I want to negotiate with. Should I bring letter from the other schools and ask them if they are willing to reconsider?
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: JeNeSaisLaw on February 06, 2009, 10:02:25 AM
Yes, that's exactly what you should do. Just make it clear that you really like their school, but that financial considerations are getting in the way.
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: seattlegirl on February 06, 2009, 10:12:19 AM
Yes, that's exactly what you should do. Just make it clear that you really like their school, but that financial considerations are getting in the way.
I will make sure to tell them how much I really would like to attend. Anything else that I should include? Thank you a lot for your help!
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: JeNeSaisLaw on February 06, 2009, 12:36:22 PM
I don't think so. Here is the letter I sent to UT.

Dear Dean [of admissions],

I am writing to request consideration for merit aid from the University of Texas scholarship committee. I have been accepted with a scholarship to three peer schools.

Washington University: $25,000 per year - COA $34,700.
Washington & Lee University: $19,600 per year - COA $34,175.
Vanderbilt University: $15,000 per year - COA $45,118.

I understand that there are limited funds and I am grateful for any consideration that UT Law can give to my request. Having lived in Texas for 5 years of my life, and loving every moment of it, I would be thrilled to attend the University of Texas this fall. Unfortunately, my decision is more complex and will be greatly influenced by total cost of attendance. I am, however, very much looking forward to visiting the school during my spring break, the second week of March. I look forward to meeting and talking to you then.

Thank you for your assistance.

Sincerely,
JNSL
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: redcement on February 11, 2009, 08:08:55 AM
Just to add my experience...I got accepted to 3 schools so far. Two offered me merit aid, the third did not. I sent a letter to the third along with a copy of my merit awards from the other schools(one for 14,000/year, one for 20,000/year). I heard back from the third school and got $10,000/year about a week later :)  Not as much as I hoped, better than nothing. Definitely ask.
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: Davis1L on February 16, 2009, 09:42:56 AM
Dear Santa Clara Law Admissions,

My name is [insert name], ID [insert ID], and I was recently admitted for the Fall of [insert year].  The reason that I am sending out this e-mail is because Loyola Law School recently offered me a scholarship of $45,000 (to be spread over the 3 years of law school) that currently gives them priority to where I am probably going to attend.  Now I'm not sure if it's too late, but I was wondering if it were possible for me to be considered for a scholarship at your school, because if not, I will probably end up withdrawing so that I can give another one of your applicants a spot at your law school.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
[insert name]



This is what I sent, worked like a charm. The best part was when I used the scholarship offer that Santa Clara gave me to increase my Loyola scholarship to 20k a year (though I didn't end up going there). Fun times.

Good luck!
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: cannotpick on February 16, 2009, 09:58:34 AM
Dear Santa Clara Law Admissions,

My name is [insert name], ID [insert ID], and I was recently admitted for the Fall of [insert year].  The reason that I am sending out this e-mail is because Loyola Law School recently offered me a scholarship of $45,000 (to be spread over the 3 years of law school) that currently gives them priority to where I am probably going to attend.  Now I'm not sure if it's too late, but I was wondering if it were possible for me to be considered for a scholarship at your school, because if not, I will probably end up withdrawing so that I can give another one of your applicants a spot at your law school.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
[insert name]



This is what I sent, worked like a charm. The best part was when I used the scholarship offer that Santa Clara gave me to increase my Loyola scholarship to 20k a year (though I didn't end up going there). Fun times.

Good luck!

I like JeNeSaisLaw's letter much better. I do agree with the above posters that you should definitely give it a shot. You have nothing to lose & everything to gain. They won't revoke your acceptance and once you go to law school, you will have 0 communications with admissions. In all likelihood, you'll never see these people again, so don't worry about it being awkward later on.
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: seattlegirl on February 17, 2009, 11:29:56 AM
I appreciate all of your help. Sent letter off on Friday. Hopefully I will hear good news soon!
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: seattlegirl on February 26, 2009, 09:36:18 AM
Thanks for all of your help. It worked. I got offered a comparable scholarship from the school I would really like to attend. :)
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: ntiger on February 26, 2009, 10:02:05 AM
Wow congrats!  You've inspired me to try the same.
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: seattlegirl on February 26, 2009, 10:39:15 AM
Wow congrats!  You've inspired me to try the same.

Good luck!
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: penni_rose on February 26, 2009, 11:20:42 AM
That's so great! I'm waiting on one last offer before I do the same.
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: Raul89 on February 26, 2009, 12:56:02 PM
The above posts are encouraging...

I'm in a similar boat.  But a question:  If you have full rides and half-tuition offers from schools that are significantly lower ranked than the school you are writing to, is it still worthwhile to mention these offers in your letter?

Thanks.
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: penni_rose on February 26, 2009, 03:33:57 PM
Mention every offer. The worst the school can do is say "no."
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: seattlegirl on February 26, 2009, 03:58:50 PM
The above posts are encouraging...

I'm in a similar boat.  But a question:  If you have full rides and half-tuition offers from schools that are significantly lower ranked than the school you are writing to, is it still worthwhile to mention these offers in your letter?

Thanks.

I did not mention every offer because I have applied to quite a few schools. I mentioned the significant offers that I received from schools ranked about the one that I wanted the scholarship from and the offers of full tuition from schools ranked lower.
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: joesrevenge on February 26, 2009, 04:50:45 PM
I am about to send in mine to UT. I got offered 60k by Emory and a full ride to Baylor so I hope that works. I am still waiting on UVA or Michigan. If I were to get accepted to either one of those schools (presumably without money), should I include that in my letter? Should I say what my offers are and also that I have been accepted to a better school (albeit without money)? Or only just include the actual scholarship offers?
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: JeNeSaisLaw on February 26, 2009, 05:28:31 PM
That sounds like a really bad idea to me. Just mention your scholarships actually received.
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: ntiger on February 27, 2009, 07:44:04 AM
I will definately try it out here soon.  If I have a t4 school with full tuition scholarship, do you think that would sway a lower t2 school (ranked 95) to offer some financial aid?  It can't hurt, and I will keep posted.

More importantly for me, I am on three stubborn waitlists.  Should I attach a full tuition scholarship award from a t4?  The waitlists are all t2's - 59, 76, and 100 rankings.  I know we've talked about negotiating financial aid, but could one negotiate admission as well?

Thanks.
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: penni_rose on February 27, 2009, 08:31:47 AM
I guess my perspective is different, because I only applied to 3 schools total, so I would mention both my other offers.

When doing this, my guess would be to wait for all of your offers and send the best ones. I know that Texas, for example, says on their website that they will consider ONE request from each student. You wouldn't want to have something big come in when you've already taken your only shot at them.
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: SAM34 on February 27, 2009, 07:43:35 PM
I am currently negotiating a scholarship with St. John's.  I received a 2/3 scholarship from Hofstra (ranked 99) and I hope that St. John's (ranked 88) will come in with a similar offer.  The admissions contact given to me in my acceptance letter has been very helpful with my negotiation thus far. 

Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: UnbiasedObserver on February 27, 2009, 08:14:26 PM
I negotiated a few times last cycle.  Essentially, I stated that I liked their school, but financial concerns were important.  Then I listed similar or higher-ranked schools, and what they had offered me.

Some schools didn't budge.  Others were very generous and offered me much more.  (One school went from offering me nothing to offering me $23,000/yr.; however, my case might be unusual.  My LSAT and GPA was fairly high compared to those schools' medians that decided to give me more money.) 

If you have any specific questions wrt scholarship negotiations, feel free to pm me. 

Good luck!
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: normn3116 on March 04, 2009, 12:23:56 PM
Hello everyone,

First time poster.  For those that pulled this off, did you send an email or snail mail letter?  I sent an email to Illinois, noting that I received a 15,000 per year offer from Indiana-Bloomington.  Any thoughts, and is an IU scholarship enough to sway Illinois?  BTW, many thanks to JeNeSaisLaw, as I used that letter as a guide.
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: UnbiasedObserver on March 04, 2009, 12:31:52 PM
Hello everyone,

First time poster.  For those that pulled this off, did you send an email or snail mail letter?  I sent an email to Illinois, noting that I received a 15,000 per year offer from Indiana-Bloomington.  Any thoughts, and is an IU scholarship enough to sway Illinois?  BTW, many thanks to JeNeSaisLaw, as I used that letter as a guide.

I sent my letters via email. 
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: normn3116 on March 04, 2009, 12:34:52 PM
And any thoughts on IU vs. Illinois?  U of I is 9 spots higher in the rankings, but at the same time, I saw people with very similar numbers to me (165, 3.45) get a little bit of money.  Also, how fast and in what manner (snail mail, call, email, etc.) did these schools get back to you?  Sorry for bombarding with questions, but these are the things I couldn't find in other forums.
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: bnoble318 on March 04, 2009, 02:27:41 PM
Has anyone tried this with GPA requirements? I'm really happy with the money, and do not have any real offers to try to leverage my top choices, but the GPA requirements to very...any thoughts? Thanks!
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: UnbiasedObserver on March 04, 2009, 03:08:52 PM
Has anyone tried this with GPA requirements? I'm really happy with the money, and do not have any real offers to try to leverage my top choices, but the GPA requirements to very...any thoughts? Thanks!

I tried this with one school, but they did not budge. 

Honestly, though, it didn't surprise me.  It was a very stringent requirement, and they seemed to be doing it with many applicants so most people would lose them. 
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: normn3116 on March 04, 2009, 05:19:05 PM
How long after not hearing anything should I follow up, and should I do that by calling or another email?
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: UnbiasedObserver on March 04, 2009, 06:04:57 PM
How long after not hearing anything should I follow up, and should I do that by calling or another email?

First, I wouldn't call, but that's obviously just my opinion. They are busy enough at this time of year, and it also allows them to sit and think about your request.

Second, I'd wait at least 2 weeks, because they're in their busy period. 
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: SamE397 on March 04, 2009, 06:26:01 PM
How long after not hearing anything should I follow up, and should I do that by calling or another email?

First, I wouldn't call, but that's obviously just my opinion. They are busy enough at this time of year, and it also allows them to sit and think about your request.

Second, I'd wait at least 2 weeks, because they're in their busy period. 
Maybe I'm just crazy but I think if you don't here back right away it's a good sign they're taking your request seriously; either that or email back up  ;)
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: UnbiasedObserver on March 04, 2009, 06:35:46 PM
Maybe I'm just crazy but I think if you don't here back right away it's a good sign they're taking your request seriously; either that or email back up  ;)

That's a fairly big assumption to make that they're taking your request seriously just because they haven't responded!  It could just be bureaucratic ineptitude.   :D
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: UnbiasedObserver on March 04, 2009, 07:33:25 PM
One week is probably fine; the important thing is just to give them some time to consider.
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: normn3116 on March 04, 2009, 08:56:32 PM
Hey, thanks everybody.  Every little bit helps
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: UnbiasedObserver on March 04, 2009, 09:01:31 PM
You're welcome.  Good luck!
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: SamE397 on March 05, 2009, 08:08:06 AM
Maybe I'm just crazy but I think if you don't here back right away it's a good sign they're taking your request seriously; either that or email back up  ;)

That's a fairly big assumption to make that they're taking your request seriously just because they haven't responded!  It could just be bureaucratic ineptitude.   :D
The point is that if they see your request and think no way in hell there's a good chance you'd get an email back pretty quickly saying as much. Whereas if they send your request to committee for review that process will take awhile longer.

I'm just making speculation though; there are of course several other reasons why it could take a long time to get feedback.
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: seattlegirl on March 05, 2009, 10:04:08 AM
Mine took a week from when they received the letter (I sent it certified mail so that I knew when they got it).
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: nook225 on March 05, 2009, 10:23:55 AM
I have been given a full tuition scholarship to U of Baltimore and 10,000 renewable at Drexel.  Temple is my first choice (I think) and is only offering me 5,000 for my first year only.  Do you think I have any chance at negotiating in this situation?
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: penni_rose on March 05, 2009, 11:36:24 AM
I got the non-reply reply from UT the day after I sent my email to them. It said they would email me when they made a decision. It's nice to know they're considering it, but now I'm checking my email constantly. It's kind of nerve-wracking.
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: UnbiasedObserver on March 05, 2009, 04:46:12 PM
The point is that if they see your request and think no way in hell there's a good chance you'd get an email back pretty quickly saying as much. Whereas if they send your request to committee for review that process will take awhile longer.

I'm just making speculation though; there are of course several other reasons why it could take a long time to get feedback.

I think, generally speaking, most law schools are VERY good at getting back to you very quickly, especially if they already know the answer.  So you're probably right.

I have had some schools tell me, however, that they send ALL requests to the committee who decides.  If that's true, then their decision might take weeks, even if you have no shot.

Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: normn3116 on March 16, 2009, 07:17:39 AM
IT WORKED!!!!

Took a little bit of time, but Illinois took my Indiana scholarship into consideration and offered me a 10,000 per year scholarship.  Nothing massive, but it was from no scholarship at all.  Also, since I get in-state tuition as well, it knocks things down significantly.  Thanks everyone for your help.  If anyone has any questions specifically about how I did it, I would be glad to help as well.
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: UnbiasedObserver on March 16, 2009, 08:11:18 AM
Congrats!  :)
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: just Trev on March 16, 2009, 10:49:05 AM
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Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: Obama2 on March 18, 2009, 09:50:48 PM
Wow this thread is an answer to my prayers. I have been contemplating how to do this "negotiate" your scholarships business. I did not know how to even bring up the conversation without sounding like a total tool bag lol. So I just gave up on doing that. But then I saw this thread and it motivated me to try it alteast. So I just sent the director of Univ Maryland an email using the format on here. It is really my top school choice and if the finances work out I will be happy to attend there. So wish me luck!! I just sent the email today so I have no idea if it will work or not. Alteast that "what if I sent them an email" voice is gone now lol
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: UnbiasedObserver on March 19, 2009, 11:01:19 AM
Best of luck to you. 
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: Obama2 on March 19, 2009, 11:52:32 AM
Thanks, so I got an email back from the director saying "Please give me a call to discuss your request. Thank you". I dont know what to make of it, I dont know if this is a good sign or bad sign. I guess I have to make the phone call, I hope it will not be an akward conversation lol
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: just Trev on March 20, 2009, 06:19:29 PM
how'd the conversation go??
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: ntiger on March 23, 2009, 02:27:34 PM
No result from the phone call??
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: Obama2 on March 23, 2009, 08:12:08 PM
hey sorry guys I was a little bit busy.

Anyways, I was suprised from the start because as soon as I called the director and told her my name she knew exactly who I was and the previous email correspondance we had, without puting me on hold trying to look up my info. It was like she was waiting for me lol. She said she wanted to explain to me personally why I havent recieved a scholly. She said the school was a state funded school and because of the economy they had little money to give out because all thier scholarships are renewable for 2nd and 3rd year. So once they paid all the 2Ls and 3Ls, they couldnt give out as much merit scolly as before. As a result all scholarship decisions have to be made by the comettie as a whole and she would sumbit my request for me. If I dont get it, they will give me strong review on the need based grant process.

She sounded genuine and really wanted to assist me. I didnt get quite what I wanted but I was impressed with the fact that director knew who I was and my situation right of the top of her head. I guess I have to wait and see what the result is, although it does not look like any good news yet.

Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: SamE397 on March 24, 2009, 02:23:09 PM
Just wanted to say that I sent out an email using JeNeSaisLaw's letter as a template three weeks ago and received an award offer of $15,500 for the 08-09 school year today from a school I was admitted to in December. It was non-renewable but still it was two thirds the tuition for a year so I'm pretty happy. Thanks for the help.

P.S I moved recently and the offer was forwarded so it probably was mailed about a week ago.   
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: swc5018 on March 24, 2009, 05:43:46 PM
I also just sent out an email to Pittsburgh yesterday using JeNeSaisLaw's letter as a starting point and just adding a bit to it to better reflect my own situation. Long story short the letter basically said Penn State offered me X, Temple's in state tuition costs Y, I may need to make my decision based on financial concerns... can you do anything to make Pitt more affordable? They got back to me today with an offer for $12k each year, so this whole negotiation thing can definitely work out.
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: SAM34 on March 24, 2009, 07:27:10 PM
Spoke with someone at St. John's the other day.  They said that they probably wouldn't be able to tell me if they could match or make a comparable offer to the scholarship I got from Hofstra until after the first seat deposit.  Kind of disappointed but I guess I'll have to wait and see.
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: JeNeSaisLaw on March 24, 2009, 10:18:59 PM
woo woo, glad to help!
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: ihateattorneys on March 25, 2009, 10:27:54 AM
The negotiation with scholarship can be conducted in the same manner you would in buying a car.  One thing I have learned in life minus a few exceptions, is that the advertised price of something is never fixed.  First thing you would want to do is find some way that you have leverage over the school to make the negotiation.  In this case, you may have higher scores than the schools average, or have several schools to choose from.  When I submitted my scholarship negotiation letter, I reinforced to the school that I had several other schools to choose from and that many were offering more generous sums of money.  At the conclusion of the letter, I basically stated that financing law school was a very crucial determining factor in my school selection process and that if they accepted my proposed offer, my decision would become rather easy.  Put the ball in their court.

So, the great thing you have going for you is that you have nothing to loose.  If they say, "No", then you are not worse off.  Have some fun with it.  I love negotiating prices.
Never pay retail or MSRP for anything!
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: ntiger on March 26, 2009, 08:04:06 AM
I tried it with a state school and it didn't work.  It did serve as a great diversion to my intense waiting to hear back from my top law school choice though!
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: Crimson:devil(red) on March 26, 2009, 09:18:55 AM
I got a small scholarship (7,500/yr) to a school I really want to go to. I have not been accepted to any higher ranking schools, and have no similar offers from schools in the same range. Should I still attempt to get the scholarship increased (debt is a huge factor in my decision)? If so, what should I use to try to convince them to increase the scholarship?
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: JeNeSaisLaw on March 26, 2009, 09:54:58 AM
You definitely lose out on a huge bargaining chip when you're trying to get more money out of a school that is already your best option (quality-wise, which is how they will think). Nevertheless, you have nothing to lose.

Since your LSAT is a point below their median, you also lose bargaining power. However, your GPA is above their median, so that helps. Otherwise, I suspect that being a non-traditional could help your case. Perhaps you can emphasize that you're contemplating not giving up a career rather than attending law school because of the economy and your debt aversion. Also, if you have any kids or are married, you have more of a case for more money.

At this point, they're probably out of money. But it doesn't hurt to try. And it doesn't hurt to keep trying as people start turning down their scholarships.
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: Crimson:devil(red) on March 26, 2009, 03:23:51 PM
You definitely lose out on a huge bargaining chip when you're trying to get more money out of a school that is already your best option (quality-wise, which is how they will think). Nevertheless, you have nothing to lose.

Since your LSAT is a point below their median, you also lose bargaining power. However, your GPA is above their median, so that helps. Otherwise, I suspect that being a non-traditional could help your case. Perhaps you can emphasize that you're contemplating not giving up a career rather than attending law school because of the economy and your debt aversion. Also, if you have any kids or are married, you have more of a case for more money.

At this point, they're probably out of money. But it doesn't hurt to try. And it doesn't hurt to keep trying as people start turning down their scholarships.

Thanks for the advice...we'll see how it works.
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: SAM34 on March 27, 2009, 10:30:23 AM
Just got an email from St. John's offering me $15,000/year.  I sent them a letter asking to be reconsidered and included a copy of the offer I got from Hofstra.  Also, I went on a visit and took a tour with the Director of Admissions.  She was really helpful and had a lot of useful information.  I have no doubt that this helped me get the scholarship.
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: nook225 on March 27, 2009, 06:05:48 PM
Didn't work at Temple but I just got an offer for 25,000/renewable scholarship from Villanova.
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: LawDog3 on April 23, 2009, 01:21:38 AM
I will definately try it out here soon.  If I have a t4 school with full tuition scholarship, do you think that would sway a lower t2 school (ranked 95) to offer some financial aid?  It can't hurt, and I will keep posted.

More importantly for me, I am on three stubborn waitlists.  Should I attach a full tuition scholarship award from a t4?  The waitlists are all t2's - 59, 76, and 100 rankings.  I know we've talked about negotiating financial aid, but could one negotiate admission as well?

Thanks.

Admissions can be negotiated, but you have to be in at a school they consider a competitor.

Harvard, Yale or Stanford (some other top-10's have competed here, too)
Temple, Kent, Miami, Houston, Cardozo, Brooklyn, or Pepperdine
Penn, Columbia, NYU, NU, UVA, Michigan, or Chicago
Fordham, UIUC, UNC, Ohio State, WUSTL, Cardozo, or UW
Vandy, USC, UCLA, Georgetown, WUSTL, BU or Texas
Hastings, Tulane, Davis or Wisconsin, GMU, or UNC

I think you get it. Scholarships? Nope...won't work. It has to be a school they would at least realistically fear losing you to. Schools know their brands, and they know how much relative prestige they have. if you threaten to go to Cal western over Temple, Temple will tell you, "good luck in your endeavors".
Title: Re: Scholarship Negotiation?
Post by: GueritaPeloChino on July 08, 2011, 04:22:09 PM
Really? After you're admitted into Law School, you never see the Admissions people, again?