Some of my issue is with how the media is portrayed this.
Some of my issue is that even at Harvard there is a finite amount of money. Even when the endowment is really, really big, it’s still the college’s money.
The person who received the scholarship decided instead of helping the college that gave her aid, decided to give the money away. Yes, she didn’t need it. Harvard probably didn’t need it either.
But the rule is. That when you receive outside scholarships, that goes to the school because the school has already decided how much money you should pay. You don’t get to decide at a needs based school how much money you receive, the college decides how much money they think you need to attend their school.