UMich gives a lot, MSU gives little.
Something incredible has happened: University of Michigan has bested Michigan State's financial aide by a lightyear. But you know what? I almost wanted to attend MSU. I had hoped that it would offer me amazing aid, while UMich upheld its reputation as a penny pitcher. But it was quite the opposite. UMich offered me over 90% of the cost to attend in scholarships, work-study and grants(mostly scholarships), and the rest in loans. It costs literally $2000 in loans to attend UMich now. MSU, however, offered me grants, workstudy, and loans, loans, loans, and more loans. It cost almost three times as much to attend MSU. Had MSU even matched UMich(and it should really try, since UMich is usually considered superior) I might have attended. Darn it.
I'm a URM, and every other URM I know that's attending MSU is getting loads and loads of need-based academic scholarships but I'm not getting anything. My stats are far superior(it's not my hubris it's truth), and so are my EC's. They're bragging(which only bothers me because I wanted to attend the school). I should get more scholarships than someone with 1440/2400 SAT. I really should, but I didn't. That 1440 SAT got a full-ride on work-study, grants, and scholarships--and he/she wasn't even apart of the Spartan Advantage Program.
I called MSU and they said that I don't have a shot at any scholarships. It's all done.
I just thought that a diversity starved, second tier state university would try its best to attract as many high performing URM it could--it sure did last year with a friend of mine. But I guess I was wrong.