What would be the chances of someone to be admitted to a T10 school given that they can pay full tuition without any financial aid package of some sort? I know recently a lot of colleges have been losing money with Covid-19. Does this mean top institutions like Stanford will secretly favor full pay students and go need-aware? Personally, I have a good application overall but my GPA is lacking a bit. I was hoping that the fact I don’t need financial assistance would help me cover that gap. Are full pay tuition students going to have a significant boost in the class of '26 application pool?
I think T10 schools have their pick of students so I wouldn’t expect anything to make up for a lowish GPA. Apply, but include matches and likeliest on your list.
Unfortunately it probably won’t give the type of boost you’re hoping for because those schools have deep financial reserves as well as thousands of full pay applicants with stellar stats.
Most schools are need blind. They might decide you are full pay, but that won’t get you in. Apply to schools you can get into on your merits.
Not even a bit
The markets are up about 25% from the pre pandemic high. The high endowment schools likely don’t have an issue. It is the state funded schools that are more likely to have continued financial concerns. The lower rated privates that rely on tuition will always be under stress.
Not the very top schools. Their endowments are huge, and there are so many kids with top stats who can afford to pay, too.
BUT… I do believe that this could make a difference for you at just below the top schools. For example, I have seen younger sibs of full-pay students at certain good LACs, who had borderline stats but got in. I suspect that their applications were boosted by the fact that the schools knew that they’d be full pay.
Those colleges have plenty of full pay applicants whose GPA is not lacking a bit. Only if you and your parents were willing to pay a lot of extra tuition (i.e. development level donations) could it possibly help if your GPA is lacking a bit (depending on how much it is lacking and how big the donations are).
Does this mean top institutions like Stanford will secretly favor full pay students and go need-aware? Personally, I have a good application overall but my GPA is lacking a bit. I was hoping that the fact I don’t need financial assistance would help me cover that gap. Are full pay tuition students going to have a significant boost in the class of '26 application pool?
With a $29Billion endowment and 20 applicants for every slot, will they lower their standards to pick up an extra $50k per year?
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Would a a full pay benefit at a university like Northeastern or BU with a much lower endowment?
OP- a college which says it’s need blind AND meets full need is, in fact, what they say they are. There isn’t going to be a debate, “oooh, he’s below our bar but he doesn’t need aid, let’s admit him”.
Colleges which do NOT meet full need, even if they are need blind- another story. It won’t make much of a difference in admissions, but if you get waitlisted, you get to write “if admitted I will attend” and someone will notice that you did not apply for aid. Will it matter? Maybe.
Colleges which are not need blind-- that’s another story. A Need Aware college isn’t going to admit someone who can’t do the work just because they are full pay, but someone who is sitting just over the bar, is full pay, there may be a sweet spot if your application otherwise is strong but there’s one issue.
Hope this helps. My advice is to fall in love with a couple of colleges which will love you back- warts and all!
None of the schools are truly need blind. That’s an empirical lie. They see right there on your application that you do or do not need financial aid. However the top schools will not take you if you have less than perfect or near perfect GPA, unless there is some grand holistic reason to accept you. Need aware schools are a different story and you should look at Tufts and Wash u which is notoriously need aware. Good luck
Some (maybe most) need blind schools suppress this field from the application readers.
Doubtful. I think you would need to get quite a bit lower on the financial stability spectrum before admittance standards/reputation would be put at risk for tuition.
This is, to use your term, an empirical lie. AOs at need-blind schools do not see any related information.