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Overapplying for financial aid purposes?

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Overapplying for financial aid purposes?
« on: November 02, 2005, 03:06:40 PM »
In line with the threads about people sending in too many apps, I have the opposite problem: I only wanted to apply to two schools, because realistically they are the only two I'm interested in attending.

But I've had multiple advisors tell me that (especially with a high LSAT) it's a good idea to apply to several schools because you might be able to leverage an acceptance at a high-ranked school into money at another school. I was told to pick some top ten schools and apply even if I have no intention whatsoever of enrolling.

Has anyone else ever heard anything like this? Thoughts?

Re: Overapplying for financial aid purposes?
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2005, 03:21:29 PM »
Yeah, I had some friends for whom this was true. They got offers from a few of the top schools, and a few other schools offered a match when they sent in proof of the offer.

I agree with your advisors that this is a valid tactic. Some schools state outright that they will consider offers from competitors.

On the UM site:

How should I apply for merit-based aid?
Most merit-based aid is distributed by the Admissions Office without the need for the applicant to make an inquiry. If, however, you have received a significant merit grant from another top law school but have not received any offering from Michigan, we would welcome your contacting us by e-mail.

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Re: Overapplying for financial aid purposes?
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2005, 03:47:47 PM »
Yes, you absolutely can bargain with these people.  You're stupid not to.  If it's a school that's even slightly "below" you, and they want you, they'll find some money, especially if you can mail them a copy of the competitor's offer.