<p>Hey guys, so here's the thing:
I've been living in Washington State for over 5 years, but because I'm not a citizen/permanent resident, I'm counted as an international applicant when it comes to financial aid.
I know that applying for financial aid for top colleges is very hindering in terms of admissions, for most schools are need-aware. These include UChicago, Brown, Northwestern, and numerous others that I'm applying to. </p>
<p>So should I check off "Will you be applying for Financial Aid?" on the Common App? I mean, I do need some financial aid, but won't I be able to cover up the cost with some scholarships and other things? Not applying for financial aid greatly increases my chance (or I should just say, it doesn't give me the huge disadvantage as an international needing aid). Can I sort of "negotiate" with the colleges? (What is the maximum the school will give me kind of deal?)</p>
<p>Oh, also, does the more I can pay mean the better chance I have? So say if the amount I can pay is 10000 dollars, will the chance be better if I can pay 20000 dollars? How do the colleges determine that?</p>