I'll keep my fingers crossed for nice and balmy next week
The sense that I got from CLS fin aid was that it is 90% merit and maybe 10% need. Even though they are called scholarship-grants, I felt like it was virtually all scholarship. If you have a substantial scholarship elsewhere (for the most part) they seem pretty eager to match. I had 75k over 3 years at NYU (merit), e-mailed that to them, and they threw 60k over 3 years back at me. I thought the fin aid office at CLS was actually pretty good. I wasn't admitted until April, and they processed all my paperwork in 3 business days, and let me scan all of my and my parents' tax forms to them to expedite it.
That said it seems that CLS functions more like UVA in that need-based aid is virtually non-existent, although it seems most schools act this way. Interestingly enough, the ONLY school where I got need-based aid was HLS, and the aid was substantial (hurray for large endowments )
Out of curiousity did you get ANYTHING at all? Their lowest award (as far as I know) is 25k over 3 years...
In case anyone cares, a friend of mine who was set to begin Columbia in August was called off the HLS waitlist- and will be attending.
Likewise, just this past week, a friend heading to NYU Law got called off the Harvard waitlist and will be attending.
im DYING to know why theyre having such a bad year, taking so many off the waitlist and all. But in any event, HLS hopefuls, its not over yet