Has anyone had any experience in asking schools and private scholarship providers to defer scholarships by 1 year? My daughter is in the envious position of probably having more money in scholarships (for freshman year only) than the in-state University of Maryland COA. (She spent her time at home during the pandemic writing many, many scholarship essays.)
One scholarship is merit-based from UMD and is for the first 2 years. If they would allow her to defer to years 2 and 3… the overage would be solved.
Alternatively, if she could convince a number of the outside scholarship providers to defer by a year, the problem would be solved. This is a bit trickier as it would require about 5 of them to defer. (She has accrued a large number of small dollar amount scholarships.)
Another option is to see if any of the outside scholarship providers would be willing to pay for the purchase of a computer instead of sending the check to the school.
Any advice or suggestions on how to approach UMD and the scholarship providers would be welcome. It seems so awkward to make a request when they are being so generous by supporting her.