Financial Aid question here: Did I read somewhere that HLS will reconsider an award if another school calculates your need differently?
The reason I ask is because I finally got my award letter back from Columbia and received a $30K (total) grant. It doesn't mention anything about being need-based. On the other hand, it doesn't sound like a scholarship, since it was in response to my financial aid application.
Should I bother asking HLS about this?
I'm fairly certain Columbia gives grants on a combined merit/need based criteria, so I doubt Harvard would reconsider your award. When I was talking to the financial aid office, it really seemed like they would only match or beat offers from Yale and Stanford (which are completely need based).
Personally, I didn't have much luck trying to leverage the Hamilton, but you should still try! It can't hurt.