Bucknell Financial Aid Concerns


<p>I am very interested in Bucknell but since they aren’t a need blind university I’m afraid that I might not get Financial Aid. Would applying ED increase my chances of financial aid?</p>

<p>Thank you,</p>

<p>I don’t know specifics about Bucknell, but I would think that applying ED would actually decrease the amount of financial aid you receive. The school has no incentive to try to convince you to pick them as you are already committed with your ED agreement. It’s never a good idea to apply ED if you are going to need a significant amount of financial aid. Best to apply RD to all of your schools so that you can compare financial aid offers.</p>



<p>You’re mixing apples and oranges.</p>

<p>“Need Blind” is an admissions policy, not a financial aid policy. It means that the financial need of an applicant is not considered during the review/selection process. It has nothing to do with “getting” financial aid.</p>

<p>You may be referring to a “Meets Need” or “Need Fully Met” policy.</p>

<p>As it happens, I have no idea what Bucknell’s policy is on either topic. But just make sure you understand the correct terms and policies whatever they are. Good luck.</p>

<p>We had two kids get accepted by Bucknell, and both were offered significantly less (~$15,000) financial aid than their other schools, given that all received the same fin. aid info from us.</p>

<p>A school’s being need-blind or need-aware should be irrelevant to applicants; it doesn’t affect the desirability or quality of a school, but rather just the chance of admission.</p>

<p>I applied RD and was very happy with the financial aid package I received back in the day–2007-2011…my dad did his best to help me financially on a teacher’s salary…and I do/will have loan money to pay off…but I did receive quite a bit of academic scholarship money for which I am very thankful…bottom line, I received a great education and enjoyed being part of a great student body-I was Bio major, fraternity member, played a club sport, performed research, did an Externship sophomore year, worked an on-campus job my freshman & sophomore years, used the BU Career Development Center to hone my interviewing and writing skill sets for graduate school preparation… now in year 2 of Medical School…I have no regrets…Bucknell prepared me well for my career aspirations…it’s a great place to spend four years and I maximized every opportunity offered to students and made each day count…I received a super liberal arts education-and for that I am humble and fortunate…happy Bucknellian!</p>