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Appealing an Academic scholarship award

bigboyhbjuniorbigboyhbjunior Registered User Posts: 39 Junior Member
I was accepted into Tulane university with a 108,000 dollar scholarship and I really want to go there. My parents do not want to pay the remaining of that however, and think that it would still be cheaper to attend another school. SMU gave me 126,000 and that would be the financially better choice, but I would much rather go to TULANE!!!!
I was made aware that you can appeal the merit award given to you. What should I say? Who should i call? Thank you

Replies to: Appealing an Academic scholarship award

  • DadTwoGirlsDadTwoGirls Registered User Posts: 2,827 Senior Member
    I have not tried to do this, but have been tempted. From what I have heard, some guidelines:

    - When you call, be polite and professional. Stay calm at all times. Be aware that the best that is likely to happen is that whomever you talk to will listen, note what you say, and state that they will consider this. It is unlikely that whomever you get on the phone actually has the authority to up your offer. Most likely whomever you talk to on the phone will then send your information to the person who gets to decide.

    - The total cost of attendance (for the full four years) is probably more important than the size of the scholarship. You should calculate this carefully before you call.

    - You message above seems to be "I prefer Tulane, it is a great university for me, but it is more expensive than the alternative". I think that this is a very good general message.

    - I am not sure where to call. However, look at your offer letter and see if there is an obvious number to call. Alternately, call the admissions office at Tulane. When you get someone explain why you are calling, and ask whether they are the right person to talk to.

    - It might not hurt to have a few good reasons why you would prefer Tulane in mind before you call.

    - If you come across as a serious student who has good reasons to prefer Tulane, and who is likely to do well there, this may help you chances.

    - It is probably better for you to call rather than your parents. You are the person who will be attending, and you are the person who really likes Tulane. People at Tulane should be able to understand that your parents don't want to pay more.

    One question: Are there other schools that you are waiting on that could change the situation? If not, then I would be inclined to go ahead and call. The worst that is likely to happen is nothing. I think that this is worth the try.
  • muzzahladymuzzahlady Registered User Posts: 30 Junior Member
    I just read an article that I cannot find now that suggests it is wise to ask for more merit aid. I also know personally that my brother has done this for one of his children and she received additional merit aid, but not at Tulane. As DadTwoGirls said, have the reasons that Tulane is a better fit for you ready. There is no harm in calling , I personally would have the parent call as there may be less emotion involved and a basic " we need an additional ----$ or Tulane is not an option. Our child is a great fit for Tulane because....." They certainly won't rescind your present offer. Go for it! We just returned from Tulane Honors weekend and were very impressed. Good luck!
  • dolphnlvr6dolphnlvr6 Registered User Posts: 885 Member
    edited March 23

    Admissions Director Jeff Schiffman addressed this issue on his blog http://tuadmissionjeff.blogspot.com/2015/01/mo.html
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