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money qustion, advice appreciated

money qustion, advice appreciated
« on: May 28, 2012, 05:17:03 PM »
Good Evening,

I would really appreciate everyone's advice relating to re-approaching a school to be considered for additional money.

A tier one school that I am likely attending is the best law school I was admitted to. I do have financial concerns relating to law school, whether this school or any of the others (tier two) I was considering, but I plan on attending in the fall due to the opportunity that I look forward to taking advantage of.

I was originally admitted with 10k. I asked the admissions counselor who admitted me if I could please be considered for additional funding, and after checking with the dean of admissions, he was able to award me an additional 2k a year.

After a couple of weeks, I wrote to the dean of admissions, expressing financial hardship coupled with my sincere interest in attending the school. I explained that although I was very appreciative for having been admitted, I was concerned that I would be unable to attend with the current price and offer. I had asked if there was any way I could be considered for any additional funding. I know that the school has significant available funding, but I was told that based on my numbers, I cannot be awarded any additional funding.

Although I will very likely be attending this school, I truly need more money to be able to attend, and any increase, whether 1k or several thousand more a year would make a big difference. I am debating about who to write to and how to approach my letter.

At first, I was debating whether or not to go above the dean of admissions/financials that I had spoken with, but I realized it will likely be forwarded back to him. I am considering writing to the counselor who admitted me and cc'ing the dean of admissions and addressing it to both of them.

I'm not sure if I should write to the same two individuals in admission or if I should write to the dean of the law school. I don't want to make a negative first impression on the dean and on the dean of admissions for going above him, since I will likely be attending. Does anyone have any suggestions on who to write to to maximize my chances while minimizing offending and upsetting anyone and setting a bad first impression for myself?

Secondly, do you have any suggestions on what to include? Should I say that I will not be able to currently attend, but that if I could be considered for any additional funding, it could make the biggest of differences? If I say this, yet do not receive any more funding and do still attend, would this be considered lying and inappropriate? Should I acknowledge the previous conversation with the dean and how I had been told that I cannot receive any additional funding, yet I am asking again because....?

I have maintained my 4.0 gpa throughout my senior year (I am not retaking lsat, and I want to attend this one school) - can I use this to help my case? I know that several wait-listed non-URM students had slightly lower scores and received several thousand dollars more a year, but I know that I cannot mention this - yet given this, I personally know that more funding may technically be able to be awarded. I currently have 20k/year offers from tier two schools - can I use this as leverage? How can I approach and ask this without sounding desperate or threatening?

Thanks so much for any advice, I really appreciate it.

Re: money qustion, advice appreciated
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2012, 06:06:37 PM »
I'll be honest which carries the consequence of being mean. Admittedly, I don't want to be mean but...

Even just reading the redundancy and dead ending in your post is frustrating. I don't really know, obviously, but you may be pushing too hard for such small benefit. Law school is frighteningly expensive- 10s or 100s of thousands of dollars, nickle and dimeing to a total of only a few thousand is pointless.  Not to mention, you're treating them like they are fools.  Of course, 1k won't mean you can't attend when you're borrowing 40k a year.  Do you really expect anyone to buy that?

If scolly money is really such a big deal, go to the T2.  I get the sense you want the best deal you can get- best.  No one ever maxes "best" there are always sacrifices and lost opportunity.  If they already said no, using the T2 as leverage now might provoke a "fuc.k this guy" response from admissions.

I don't want to be mean and I have never personally been in this situation. Just how it seems from my perspective.  How do you think it seems from theirs? Good luck.

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Re: money qustion, advice appreciated
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2012, 06:37:42 PM »
yes, julie riot.