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Law School Admissions / Re: The GW thread
« on: March 30, 2007, 09:00:59 AM »
so hey, I'm writing my "please give me money" email right now ... who do you guys think I should address it to, Richard? or just the general Financial Aid email?

What are you asking for?  Scholarships or grants?  If you're going for scholarships, write to Richard, but if you're just after grants, go to the Financial Aid office.

Just got the waitlist e-mail.  Deferred EA, 166/3.86.  Replied already to say that I'll stay on the waitlist.  Honestly, I'm just relieved because this was the last decision I was waiting on.

Law School Admissions / Re: The GW thread
« on: March 13, 2007, 11:50:04 AM »
The admissions rep told me that all the scholarship money is gone for this year.
Wow, really? I can't believe that's the case. They won't even know who is coming to accept their scholarship money until after April 15th, and more likely June 15th. And they've said to 2L's who didn't get 1L money but were hoping for some this year that they won't know about financial aid for them until the fall, because that's how long it will take them to finish 1L's.

Maybe she meant it's all been allocated at this point, and what isn't accepted will be re-allocated to those actually attending? There are a whole lot of people who turned down the full tuition/housing option on LSN and that translates to millions of dollars in unclaimed financial aid. That pool will only grow larger. Seems like a bizarre thing to do to not re-allocate it. But, maybe they were only willing to extend themselves that far for the really high-ranked numbers; this was the first year of this experiment after all.

Sorry, should have said gone for the moment.  I asked her about what happens when people withdraw from the school, and she said that in that case, then yes, the money is redistributed, but there's just no way of knowing how many people will withdraw and to whom it will be given later.  So... I'm hoping that the people going to T-14s withdraw soon and thus the money can be trickled down to us :)

Law School Admissions / Re: The GW thread
« on: March 12, 2007, 07:08:12 PM »
Just got my financial aid package from GW today. I'll be withdrawing soon.

I've gotta imagine they'd match BU's offer if you played some hardball...?

FWIW, the "official" position of their financial aid office is that they won't match other offers.   :-\

I think it says on the deferral letter that they guarantee a decision by April 15 (which is the deadline for most other schools, of course).  Didn't actually expect to wait THAT long though.

Law School Admissions / Re: The GW thread
« on: March 12, 2007, 04:31:27 PM »
on the note of finaid. I got my fin aid decision/award letter today. all loans- subsidized and unsubsidized federal and grad plus. not too surprised, but i was hoping for a little money. might try to negotiate. when i saw the expected parental contribution i laughed, then cried a little, then i saw the loan total and cried a lot. i cannot believe i'm going so far in debt.  :o

I feel your pain.  I got my award letter the other day, and I got some grant $$, but not at all what I was expecting.  The expected parent/student contribution is ridiculously high on mine.

I actually tried calling today - spoke to someone in financial aid and someone in admissions; neither was too helpful.  The financial aid rep told me that they can look over my FAFSA and all that again, but I would have to send in a letter specifically requesting that, as well as pointing out in the letter why I feel I can't contribute that much.  The admissions rep told me that all the scholarship money is gone for this year.  "Well, if you really want to go to GW, you're just going to have to take out loans.  Everyone does it."  I know everyone does it, but it's still painful.   :-\

Law School Admissions / Financial Aid Bargaining
« on: March 11, 2007, 02:18:30 PM »
What's the most effective way to bargain for more financial aid at a school?  I'm received pretty good amounts from USC and Cornell but not much at all at GW.  GW is my absolute first choice, but I don't know if I really want to go into that much debt.  How can I use the scholarship offers at other schools to get more $$ at GW?  How does one even start that conversation with the financial aid people?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Cornell ASW: March 9
« on: March 05, 2007, 08:35:10 AM »
I'll be there, too.  Coming from Ohio.  I'm staying for the Friday night events, but I might leave relatively early on Saturday since it's a 7ish hour drive.

And I'm thinking casual attire is a good idea.  :)

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: UCLA waitlist
« on: February 24, 2007, 10:54:27 AM »
Thought I'd join the waitlist club...

166/3.86, not a CA resident.  Got the letter Tuesday, along with my GULC waitlist.  Ah, what a great day for the mail.  :-\

When visiting a law school, what's the proper attire?  I remember that visiting an undergrad was no big deal, and I see kids walking about my college today with sweatshirts and old jeans.  For some reason, visiting a law school seems more formal - maybe I'm just crazy. 

Specifically, I'm going to Cornell's ASW in a couple weeks and going to GWU for a simple tour next week.  Are jeans acceptable?  Should I wear something nicer?  How formal exactly is it? 


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