annoduck, you are a URM? The rules are different if you are.As far as the financial aid deal is concerned, I don't have savings or any help and a lot of undergrad debt and Lewis & Clark gave me no grants either. It just depends on how much cash the school has laying around and how bad they want you to attend. I would be lucky to get into a school like NU and wouldn't expect a dime from them.
Obviously not everyone deserves aid, or even if you deserve it, they can't give it to everyone. But when it says on the website that 80% of students receive either merit or need based aid and you sent your financial aid app on time and were accepted in late febuary it seems to reason when you are broke, your family is middle class, you don't live at home and you have two brothers in college you might get a small grant. Then you read that they are pulling people off the waitlist and offering them alot of money to attend it can drive you crazy. I feel blessed to have been admitted to Northwestern, but still when you have big financial offers at other good schools it can gnaw at you that the most expensive school in the country doesn't offer you a dime and you will be taking out 60k in loans.