I just received a full ride, presidential scholarship from a state school (school A), one of my top picks. I'm hoping to use this presidential scholarship offer to get another state school (school
, which has already given me nearly $20k merit scholarships (but there's still a $25k gap), and maybe even another small private college (school C - which has already given me $31k with a $40-$45k gap), to up their offers and close their gaps a little bit more.
School B is slightly better of a school than school A, but they're both state schools where I'm a superstar student. However, school B has the better program, so if I can get school B to up their offers a little bit, that would be great so I could consider it more. Also, I don't qualify for any financial aid, if that changes anything.
So my question is: how should I go about leveraging this scholarship? Should I email or call the financial aid offices? What should I say? Any advice?
My school's college advisor thinks I should call the fin-aid office and feel out the convo before even deciding to mention the offer, but my parents are steadfast that we should email the schools to give time to the people who can even make the scholarships happen.
Any advice you could give would be greatly appreciated, thanks!