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Any disadvantage of showing one university’s scholarship to ask another school for scholarships?

compilercompiler 62 replies30 threads Junior Member
Both public schools are in the same state. University A offers scholarship but University B is ranked higher than A. Is there any disadvantage of showing one university’s scholarship to ask another school for the scholarship? Thank you for your answer.
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  • PublisherPublisher 11376 replies152 threads Senior Member
    edited April 5
    Depends upon the schools. Is this Arizona & ASU ?

    Most in-state publics are well awre of each other's scholarships--especially if based off of stats (SAT or ACT score & GPA).

    Named scholarships often have certain non-stats requirements.
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  • NJdad07090NJdad07090 602 replies8 threads Member
    School B is the higher rated so in their minds they do not have to match what school A is offering. Really nothing to lose but I doubt you will get much additional cash.
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  • calmomofonecalmomofone 11 replies3 threads New Member
    There is no harm in calling or emailing. The higher ranking school probably didn't offer a scholarship, because they probably had a lot of great applicants. Most schools will be happy to tell you the average SAT of the kids who received non need merit aid. Then you can see how your child compared to the other applicants. Also, some schools do not reassign scholarships. For example, I was surprised that my daughter did not receive money from one particular college so I called them. I was told that my daughter was not in the top 30 percent of applicants. I was also told that if the students who got the scholarships decline their offer of admission, the money is not offered to another students. If a school really wants your child, they will offer a lot of money up front. Some schools will offer you money and then keep increasing it when they don't hear from you. For example, a Penn State branch campus did this and so did the University of Delaware. They slowly kept offering more money. One state college told me that the average SAT for non need merit aid was 1480! So the competition is tough! I would just wait it out until the end and see if they increase their offer. I know a student who got an increase in scholarship money a few days before the deadline so I do believe some colleges must reassign scholarship money. My daughter got the most money from the lowest ranking school on her list. It was a regionally ranked school. The higher nationally ranked schools did not offer her any money.
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  • compilercompiler 62 replies30 threads Junior Member
    edited April 6
    A good reply from calmomofone. The problem is the national deposit deadline will come. If the higher ranking school gives the scholarships, the student will probably go there.

    Thus, the question is whether the student should pay the deposit to both schools but continues the negotication of the scholarships or make the decision before the deposit deadline. Anyone please give advice.
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  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone 24727 replies20 threads Senior Member
    You can't deposit at two schools. Ask for additional funds and if they say no, go to the other school.
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  • austinmshauriaustinmshauri 9847 replies377 threads Senior Member
    A good reply from calmomofone.

    A "good reply" seems to be one that tells you what you want to hear. Posters on your other threads have already mentioned that you can't deposit at more than one school. It's a good way to get rescinded at both.

    Send the info to the school and tell them your deadline. If you don't get a solid yes before then, assume it's a no and move on.
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  • coolguy40coolguy40 2902 replies8 threads Senior Member
    You're not in a position to negotiate. Take what's being offered.
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  • bluebayoubluebayou 27992 replies204 threads Senior Member
    It doesn't hurt to ask, but cool-guy is correct in the respect that you should not consider it a negotiation as Educators hate that term; it's beneath them. Just politely ask. At worst, they say, No.

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  • compilercompiler 62 replies30 threads Junior Member
    bluebayou wrote: »
    It doesn't hurt to ask, but cool-guy is correct in the respect that you should not consider it a negotiation as Educators hate that term; it's beneath them. Just politely ask. At worst, they say, No.

    You mean one can ask for the scholarship by showing the other school's aid amount and if no, just leave. Is it correct?
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  • austinmshauriaustinmshauri 9847 replies377 threads Senior Member
    edited April 8
    Yes, you can show one school the aid from another. But they have to consider the other school a peer. If they're publics in the same system (like SUNYs) it wouldn't make any difference because they each have their own rules and students either qualify for aid or they don't. But contact them to ask. They're all super busy right now, so I'd do it soon.
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  • calmomofonecalmomofone 11 replies3 threads New Member
    I would just call or email and say something along the lines as....another school offered my daughter more money. I was wondering if there is anymore scholarship money available. If your child picked a major, you can ask if any department scholarships will be given out later. I don't think a school is going to give you anymore non need merit aid after the deadline. (Is it May 1st?). Most acceptances and payments are done online. So I would just make a decision like 2 days before. Some schools have a policy where you cannot accept offers to more than one school. Just because a school offers a student money doesn't necessary mean that a kid who go to that school. You can also look up the average amount given to a student. You can also look up the maximum scholarship amounts and the profile of the students who received scholarships the year before. I was basically able to predict the amount of money my daughter would get. I was pretty spot on with most schools. My only surprises were the University of Pittsburg and the University of San Diego.. Both of these schools did not offer any money at all. They also told me that basically my daughter was at the bottom of the applicant pool. I know a student who got a 1480 on her SAT and did not get one dime from the University of Pittsburg.

    Just call and ask. It's not big deal. My daughter is now a freshman in college. I called and emailed several schools asking if they would consider giving my daughter more money.
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