I hate to speculate here friends....or I might get my head chopped off by people closer to the admissions office than me.....but this topic was discussed in another thread awhile back...and I suggested then from anecdotal reports (students at Fordham) that the general level of minimum qualifications was around 1400 SATs. Then someone corrected me that sometimes they go lower than that. Of course, this year is exceptional with the economic troubles and I dont know if that affects anything or not in the financial packages at Fordham. Maybe not. But in any regard, I think the CSS is required even for scholarship recipients and thus you may as well get them in soon and send along the FAFSA right away. Because Fordham may be generous with you in grant money that is very similar in amounts to a scholarship, though obviously without the prestige. And I also don't know if they might offer you a late scholarship during the RD cycle. So stay in touch with them, ask questions and inform them of your intentions to matriculate at Fordham if they can help you. Obviously with both of your outstanding records, I think you stand a very good chance of getting something from them, particularly a healthy financial aid package presuming you dont have a ridiculous EFC from FAFSA because of family income or wealth.
Admissions is likely (my speculation) trying to gauge how many scholarships they expect to grant in the RD session with kids with similar or even higher scores than you. In other words, they dont give out all the money in the EA session and leave nothing for RD.
Its a great school and loads of fun. Its hard to convey that here on this site. But there is plenty of challenge at Fordham for very bright students, believe me. I have no idea what goes into their decision making on scholarships as every application for admission is reviewed initially for scholarship potential. And I am sure some of that is targeted for students they think are more likely than not to accept an offer of admission. If they think you might go elsewhere that diminishes the chances. At least that is how I would guess it works.
But again, if you need financial assistance, of course merit aid is the most prestigious, but if its grant money, it has the same exact impact on your tuition bill: its a big help! So apply for financial aid right away with your CSS and FAFSA and see if that helps.
Congrats to both of you, welcome to the Fordham family! Hope to see you there! (My D LOVES IT!)