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Full scholarship to Princeton?

chatterbox673chatterbox673 Posts: 60Registered User Junior Member
edited April 2006 in Princeton University
Hi everyone,
I just have a question about someone I know who turned down Yale EA because he got a full scholarship to Princeton. He didn't have demonstrated financial need because his parents are fairly wealthy. Does anyone here know about the scholarship opportunities at Princeton or similar schools? I mean, what do you have to do to not only get into a school like Princeton, but also get a full scholarship? It's mind-boggling to me, and I thought that Ivies weren't allowed to offer academic scholarships, only financial aid packages based on need. Thanks in advance for your help!
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Replies to: Full scholarship to Princeton?

  • Anonymous99Anonymous99 Posts: 861Registered User Member
    I thought that Ivies weren't allowed to offer academic scholarships, only financial aid packages based on need.

    I did too. Are you sure you "know" this someone or is this secondhand information? Also, ask the "someone" if they know about Ivy's not offering merit scholarships.
  • pastarifficpastariffic Posts: 178Registered User Junior Member
    Yeah, I've NEVER heard of this happening. Ivies don't offer merit scholarships because they see every person who qualifies for their school as worthy of all necessary help. Maybe he had a separate scholarship that covered everything?
  • zephyr151zephyr151 Posts: 1,659Registered User Senior Member
    Ivies do not give merit scholarships. Period.

    He may have earned a scholarship from a Princeton alum group, or some other outside organization. He could be lying.

    The Ivy League, however, has been known to "goose" financial aid packages for top, top students, although this procedure is normally reserved for athletes.
  • nopoisonivynopoisonivy Posts: 638Registered User Member

    Never heard of this and if it did happen the person would be a fool to publicize it.
  • simbasimba Posts: 6,092Registered User Senior Member
    zephyr151: How are you? surprised to see you here (without Byerly)
  • nopoisonivynopoisonivy Posts: 638Registered User Member
    Byerly (Summers) is too busy on other boards helping The Vard improve it's yield for the class of 2010.

    Not that they need the help.
  • mrkaymrkay Posts: 40Registered User Junior Member
    I was like, "The 'Vard?' Huh?"
    and then I understood.

    hahahaha pretty funny.
  • philntexphilntex Posts: 3,186Registered User Senior Member
    Sometimes people say "full scholarship" when they really mean "such-and-such school is paying for me to go there," which in Princeton's case can be true. It's not a merit scholarship (or athletic scholarship), but the school can obviously provide a full grant for someone's educational/residential expenses.
  • Biz17Biz17 Posts: 187Registered User Junior Member
    For example, I have a full scholarship to Princeton. All I owe is like 500$ for some miscellaneous stuff per year. But in all reality I probably am *NOT* the best student at Princeton. Nor would I deserve a scholarship over the majority of admits. Its only because my family's estimated family contribution is 18$.

    Pton and the rest of the Ivy league operate on a need-based financial aid system and have NO merit scholarships. Though Harvard has a list of 50 scholarships endowed by alumni and Princeton and Yale have the same. These scholarships are usually something thats far from Merit (Although ones for merit exist in certain fields). For example one for harvard was that if your surname is Chapley or something they will give you $1000 a year.

    If your an athelete, your financial aid award might be padded. For example your family might make 290,000$ per year and still recieve a 40,000$ finanicial aid scholarship despite having 0 finaincial need. This is one way HYP strives to attract good atheletes by giving them merit money through the guise of "Financial Aid"

  • Sephiroth226Sephiroth226 Posts: 687Registered User Member
    My uncle did, but that was in the 70's. He was a hispanic valedictorian with a 1330 SAT and damn poor so all the ivies offered him full rides.
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