I have been having this fight with my parents for a while, and was looking for the advice of some outside sources:
I recently found out that I was admitted to the University of Pittsburgh's Honors College, that I received a full-tuition scholarship, and that I was nominated for the Chancellor's Scholarship (full room and board, $500 book scholarship, free food plan, and $2000 for either research or study abroad).
As happy as I was to hear this, my parents were much happier. I know Pitt is a great school, but I would rather go to a school that is higher up on my list:
MIT, Hopkins, Cornell, Harvard, Stanford, U Penn, UC Berkely, Wash U
I know that there is a much less chance of me getting scholarships to any of these places (assuming I even get accepted). My argument is that I put in all the hard work in high school believing I could go to one of these more prestigious schools. My parents believe that Pitt is a great school, it is now free, and I will be a superstar there (compared to the other schools, where it is almost impossible to be a superstar compared to everybody else).
What kind of recommendations can you give my family and I?
Do those other schools give a lot of scholarship money?
If we called and said that I have a full scholarship somewhere else, do you think there is a chance they could give me a few thousand dollars or something?