Hi All. My daughter has been admitted to a school that is currently her top choice among 4 possibilities. I don’t mention my daughter’s top choice out or paranoia but it is a Welsh-sounding school outside Philly. She also got into Lafayette. My son, her twin, is considering offers from 3 schools: Wesleyan, Hamilton and Vassar. Wesleyan came in with an extremely generous FA award and Hamilton has subsequently matched that award.
Here’s the thing: D’s top choice is giving an FA package that will cost us twice what Lafayette (and her other 2 schools) will and nearly 4 times as much as Hamilton and Wesleyan. D’s top choice school says they don’t entertain competing offers and politely said they will not change the offer.
So I’m a bit taken aback and thinking there’s really not much to be done. However, I note that D’s top choice school’s own financial aid calculator comes up with a figure that’s $10K lower than their actual aid offer. I know the standard line would be that the calculator is just an estimate but that’s a pretty big error. I’m sure they got the same FAFSA and CSS Profile data as all the other schools. It just seems odd that their internal calculations would be so different from their peers.