Does anyone have any insight into how flexible schools are with the date when a NMF designates a first choice? I ask because I just saw a post on the American U forum from a just-admitted student. AU's website specifies that they consider NMF students for an NM scholarship if the NMF designates AU as the first choice by Feb 1. That's much earlier than RD decisions, and it's much earlier than the May 1 deadline for designation used by many schools. The student is an NMF but hasn't yet chosen a first-choice NM school because she wants to compare FA packages. She wrote to the AU FA office and asked if she was still eligible for consideration for NM money. AU replied that as long as AU is her first choice, then she is eligible for the National Merit Scholarship. "You will need to contact the National Merit Scholarship committee to see if they have a deadline that you would like to meet."
My D1 is a junior so this is not affecting her right this instant
, but it would be nice to know in advance if there's this kind of wriggle room to keep options open. Or is this the kind of thing where you have to ask each school for details?