i'm trying to look into safeties that will give me merit aid for being NMF, but it seems like i might have to pick the school as my #1 before decisions come out to get money- is that how it works? and if so, what should i do? should i pick the school that gives the most money for NMF so that it would be a good financial safety? or should i pick the school that i would most like to go to if i got in, assuming it's a grant of ~2k (compared to 20k at safety schools)?
any help/explanation would be greatly appreciated. thanks for your advice! :)