Does aid remain around the same for every year??

<p>also posted in financial aid forum</p>

<p>Before I matriculated into Yale, I had to negotiate my aid package. I did this by showing a better aid package from another school. When Yale recalculates my aid for next year, I am afraid that it will close to what they offered me before I negotiated, if they use the same formula. Also, I won't have another school to help negotiate. Does anyone have experience with this? Thanks.</p>

<p>I'm not sure how you negotiate aid by showing a better package from another school. Yale's aid is strictly need based and not merit based. Therefore, they will grant you the aid they feel that you need from what they have calculated from your application, and will not necessarily feel pressured by any competitive offer. </p>

<p>Maybe it's better to provide evidence that you need more financial assistance, and not try to leverage your matriculation into getting a better deal?</p>

<p>Yale will adjust the financial aid offer if you show them a package from another school. The officer I talked to said they would only do it for another ivy league school, though, so I'm guessing that's what the OP did. But the OP's question is a good one and I wonder what the answer to that is as well...</p>

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I'm not sure how you negotiate aid by showing a better package from another school.

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<p>"I love Yale, and would definitely matriculate, but at this point I'll have to choose Princeton because they're giving me $10,000 more in aid, and my family really can't afford to pay the difference to have me go to Yale."</p>

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I'm not sure how you negotiate aid by showing a better package from another school. Yale's aid is strictly need based and not merit based. Therefore, they will grant you the aid they feel that you need from what they have calculated from your application, and will not necessarily feel pressured by any competitive offer.

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<p>The OPs question is a valid one. The only thing I can say is that in my experience, Y FA has been generous and forthcoming and I would assume that they would continue to support at relatively the same level in future years. However I don't have direct experience nor have I seen this question asked in the past.</p>

<p>bump? Thanks guys. I'm sure many of you have this same question!</p>

<p>For example (this is just hypothetical), my initial FA package was a 30K grant. Before I matriculated, Yale agreed to increase it to 35K. </p>

<p>They reevaluate FA every year. So is it likely that they would offer me 30K again for sophomore year?</p>

<p>I think at least some of us understand your question, but don't know the answer. Yale, however, does know the answer, as I am sure there are cases like this from the past. You need to get them to tell you what's happened in such cases. Be patient and clear, and I am sure they will tell you. (Though they might not be able to tell you immediately after you make your question clear.) Once you get the answer, or if (surprisingly) it's clear you will not get an answer, please post it for future reference. Make it clear to them that you know that they know the answer--at least with respect to what's happened in the past. I'd then ask them if they can assure you that the past is a reliable guide to the future.</p>