« on: April 17, 2005, 07:28:12 PM »
When I was choosing which schools to apply to, I decided to apply to schools where I felt I would get a merit scholarship. $$$$$ was a big concern of mine and I decided that there was no way that I'd go to a school which didnt offer me some sort of scholarship.
However, I now believe it was a mistake to use this strategy. Some of these scholarships are generous on the surface, but are difficult to maintain.
For example, Whittier offered me a 20k scholarship, but I would need to stay in the top 20 percent or I'd lose it all. Based on their attrition rate, I'm more likely to not make it pass the first year than I am to keep that scholarship. Although I am grateful for the offers I've recieved from my schools, I'd caution people to be careful about choosing a school based primarily on scholarship $$$.