I have done some digging over the
last three weeks and am getting more confused about
the value of Questbridge
0a) Starting out, it was heartening to find out that Questbridge
would make applying to schools like Princeton, Yale free
all one had to do was fill out the QB application
0b) ....then I find out that Princeton/(possibly yale in 2008)
will stilll need QB applicant to do their version of the app as well
...also both schools will waive application fee if the applicant can
show the appropriate financial circumstances
1)...both schools offer near full or full rides for the financialy disadvantaged
applicant even when not going through QB
2)Yes I am aware there are ~10 other colleges that can be applied through
QB, however almsot all of them have similar or ~ similar policies......
So the $$question-- is applying via QB a signal to the colleges that here
is an economically disadvantaged person-- implying in turn there is
a tacit pool of spots for such applicants (regardless of minority status)...?
is this the real value of QB?
Does anyone who has applied via QB and been "matched" have some insights into this?
The question that is really bothering me is why would I want to use a
middle-party (for example QB) when I can present myself directly to
the colleges (including any need for Financial aid).....