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Northeastern waitlisted - financial aid?

lr123internetlr123internet Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
Are the financial aid offerings for waitlisted students, merit and need, even lower than regular admits? Can we expect a decent aid offer? This is especially worrisome since another thread said NE is ‘out’ for people appealing their regular admission aid packages. Do they have another pot of aid for waitlisted admits? Thanks for any replies.

Replies to: Northeastern waitlisted - financial aid?

  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston Registered User Posts: 14,263 Senior Member
    If accepted off the waitlist the chances for merit aid are slim to nonexistent by definition. Appealing need based aid at any school seldom increases the aid more than a couple thousand dollars.

    But Northeastern would meet full need, as they determine it to be.
  • RelocatedYankeeRelocatedYankee Registered User Posts: 146 Junior Member
    TomSrOfBoston makes a good point. Northeastern meets need as they determine it. My daughter just declined Northeastern as the cost was $14,000/year higher than BC and UVA and Colgate, $16,000 higher than Holy Cross. Called to confirm that there was not an error as Northeastern, among the 11 schools my daughter was accepted to, was clearly a cost outlier. They confirmed that they met our full need as calculated by their office. Sadly that spread could only have been covered by debt so NEU was off the table.
  • ikl813ikl813 Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    I'm not sure how my merit aid compares to those who were admitted earlier, but I was just accepted off the waitlist and offered a $12,000 Dean's Scholarship.
  • suzyQ7suzyQ7 Registered User Posts: 3,676 Senior Member
    That's great. Congrats!
  • quinntheeskimoquinntheeskimo Registered User Posts: 107 Junior Member
    My daughter just got in off the waitlist with $25k in merit based aid
  • lotterygirllotterygirl Registered User Posts: 24 Junior Member
    MY DD got in off the waitlist as well with $20K merit aid.
  • am9799am9799 Registered User Posts: 814 Member
    It is very interesting that there is so much merit left for the waiting list.
  • greatmom23greatmom23 Registered User Posts: 20 Junior Member
    My son was just accepted off the waitlist today as well. We never submitted 2016 tax returns since they never asked for them but the email said FA could not be specified without the forms. If he was being offered merit aid would that have been included with the offer regardless of tax returns? I doubt he can attend just based on need based aid...
  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston Registered User Posts: 14,263 Senior Member
    edited May 11
    @am9799 Merit scholarships and need based grants are not an actual pot of money. It is essentially a tuition discount. It is the same at every college (except for a small portion that may come from endowed scholarships).
  • ProfessorPlum168ProfessorPlum168 Registered User Posts: 1,746 Senior Member
    $18K in Merit for my kid who got off of waitlist.
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