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Does anyone know if WUSM offers merit-based aid to students on the waitlist? I accepted my position but would probably not attend unless I got a generous merit-based scholarship.

I know this sounds strange considering WUSM did not even want me in the first batch of accepted students, but I know the institution has boatloads of money and oftentimes 'sweetens the pot' for students who are admitted to comparable schools.

Again, I am expecting the answer to be 'no' but since I know people at other institutions sometimes get merit-based scholarships off of waitlists, so I figured I would ask.

Congrats to those accepted and my condolences to those who did not receive the decision they wanted.
If you go through last year's thread there were a couple let off the waitlist April 30-May 1 who got merit scholarships! I'm sure they open up as their original recipients decline them and go elsewhere
 
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Does LOI help with acceptance but take away any chance of getting a scholarship?
My theory on this is, yes, and LOI takes away merit scholarship potential. Of course, this is a strong speculation, but my rationale is that merit scholarships are to secure certain applicants to enroll (for whatever reason they want the applicant for; high MCAT, URM, lawyer+UN ambassador, head-clown of Ringling Bros, etc).

If you submit an LoI, you've already served the purpose their merit scholarships have served.

If your question is whether waitlist applicants can still get merit scholarships...then yes, I think they still can. Let us say they need to fill 5 more spots, everyone else they already accepted has already COMMITTED with the exception of the 5 empty spots, all other acceptances withdrew. Let's also say the only people who sent letters of intent more "less desirable" applicants. They will offer merit scholarships to the "more desirable" waitlist applicants to quickly snag them up, basically.
 
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Not sure how ranking of US med school works but just notice that WashU ranking for 2020 for primary care was 12 and in 2021 it's 31

Although in research it went from 8 to 6 - Tied with Mayo, UCSF, UCLA and Columbia

I remember reading that 30% of that ranking comes from the number of students who go into primary care specialties. #31 is less concerning when you see that Stanford, Columbia, NYU, and Mayo are similarly ranked in primary care (or lower).
 
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Does anyone know what the timeline for getting merit scholarships looks like? Are they still giving them out for admitted students?
 
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If you go through last year's thread there were a couple let off the waitlist April 30-May 1 who got merit scholarships! I'm sure they open up as their original recipients decline them and go elsewhere

This is exactly what I needed - thank you so much! I guess I will keep my position on the WL.
 
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Definitely send FAFSA. I'm not sure about CSS because they didn't mention it in the waitlist email. And the website says submit that once you're accepted "Step 2: Once accepted into the program, additional information will be sent regarding the completion of the online CSS Profile for parents and applicants."

Wait to send CSS profile. It costs money to send it and they'll give you a fee waiver for it!
 
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Anyone know where I should sent a letter of intent? Should I upload it, sent to admissions email, or add in the waitlist comments?
 
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Anyone know where I should sent a letter of intent? Should I upload it, sent to admissions email, or add in the waitlist comments?

When I called and asked about my LOI they said to upload it to the portal and to email the Office of Admissions to let them know it's been uploaded
 
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Also - for any other accepted students, have y'all gotten your need-based financial aid package yet?
 
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For those who got waitlisted and accepted it, what did you write in the comment box? I already sent a LOI a few weeks ago. Should I just reiterate that?
 

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Looks like a lot less chose to specialize this year? 2019 match had a significantly higher number of derm, ortho, ophthalmology, and plastics matches.

I do remember the deans commenting last year that many folks in that m4 class were particularly interested in procedural fields. This correlated with a drop in our primary care rankings (which looks at # students matching into IM) from the top 10.

But students’ specialty interest definitely varies from year to year among the classes - and also with this year’s match to more top medical residencies, I wouldn’t be surprised if our primary care ranking rises again next year :)
 
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I do remember the deans commenting last year that many folks in that m4 class were particularly interested in procedural fields. This correlated with a drop in our primary care rankings (which looks at # students matching into IM) from the top 10.

But students’ specialty interest definitely varies from year to year among the classes - and also with this year’s match to more top medical residencies, I wouldn’t be surprised if our primary care ranking rises again next year :)
Very helpful to know, thank you!
 
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Likewise, is it true that half-tuition scholarships have been granted to all students? Likewise, are these half-tuition scholarships given to students accepted off the wait-list.
 
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Likewise, is it true that half-tuition scholarships have been granted to all students? Likewise, are these half-tuition scholarships given to students accepted off the wait-list.

I haven't heard about half tuition being given to all students, only some
 

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If you look at historical threads, you will see that people off of the wait list are sometimes offered full tuition scholarships. It would be to your advantage to be on the wait list and express interest in the school if you are motivated to attend.
 

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Another thing worth mentioning - I apologize if it’s come up on this thread before - but in light of nationwide racial disparities affecting nominations, WashU has joined Harvard, Stanford, and Yale in not having AOA!! This is a huge step forward in terms of fostering a supportive, non-competitive, stress-free true P/F environment, and will not be hurting us in the Match (there is a spot on ERAS for program directors to see that the school doesn’t offer AOA, and WashU is also proactively reaching out to program directors to communicate this change). One more thing for y’all to consider!
 
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Another thing worth mentioning - I apologize if it’s come up on this thread before - but in light of nationwide racial disparities affecting nominations, WashU has joined Harvard, Stanford, and Yale in not having AOA!! This is a huge step forward in terms of fostering a supportive, non-competitive, stress-free true P/F environment, and will not be hurting us in the Match (there is a spot on ERAS for program directors to see that the school doesn’t offer AOA, and WashU is also proactively reaching out to program directors to communicate this change). One more thing for y’all to consider!
is this potentially a negative considering the pass/fail change to step 1?
 

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is this potentially a negative considering the pass/fail change to step 1?
It could be a positive given that school reputation may play a bigger role in matching. The vast majority of students don't get AOA at a given institution (I believe only ~20% of a class gets AOA).
 
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It could be a positive given that school reputation may play a bigger role in matching. The vast majority of students don't get AOA at a given institution (I believe only ~20% of a class gets AOA).

agreed. While not having AOA might hurt schools with lower name recognition, it would be helpful to students from institutions with higher school reputations. We know how well Harvard, Yale, and Stanford match without AOA, and with our residency PD rankings at least on par with those 3, not having AOA seems to be a good move as far as matching goes.
 
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is this potentially a negative considering the pass/fail change to step 1?
Positive if you weren’t going to get AOA anyways. Negative if you would have gotten AOA. I hate how people always spin these things as 100% positive for all, but really it is an individual-basis situation. (As are many other things in life)
 
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Does anyone know the pace of WL movement typically/by what month is WL movement pretty much done? Also I assume we're anticipating a lot less movement than normal due to a smaller MD-only class size, correct? Also does anyone have any info on the size of the WL? This feels like it could be similar to a drawn-out breakup.
 
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Has anyone received word on merit scholarships recently? I have seen mostly half tuition specified in this thread but don't know if full tuition or other amounts have been given out yet or if any merit scholarships are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. Looking at the forum for last year, they released some merit scholarships up through April but don't know what timeline they are on this cycle.

For those with merit scholarships, did they appear on your financial aid portal as well or is that completely separate?

Thanks!
 
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My documents were received between 3/17 and 3/19, and my file was complete on 3/19. I was told when I asked the financial aid office that my file was "in line for processing" and should be complete "soon". Hoping for decent aid there.

As for merit aid, I'm really hoping for a half tuition scholarship but am not expecting anything, especially since I sent a letter of intent. I'm estimating that the total COA this year will be close to $89k ($2k more than last year's incoming class), and half tuition brings that down to $55k before need-based aid. Maybe since it's a smaller class there'll be more scholarship, but I'm definitely worried about overall cost.
 
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My documents were received between 3/17 and 3/19, and my file was complete on 3/19. I was told when I asked the financial aid office that my file was "in line for processing" and should be complete "soon". Hoping for decent aid there.

As for merit aid, I'm really hoping for a half tuition scholarship but am not expecting anything, especially since I sent a letter of intent. I'm estimating that the total COA this year will be close to $89k ($2k more than last year's incoming class), and half tuition brings that down to $55k before need-based aid. Maybe since it's a smaller class there'll be more scholarship, but I'm definitely worried about overall cost.
Given that you sent a letter of intent, I have a question for you out of my own curiosity.

If another school gives you a fudge ton of cash, will you still go to WashU?
 
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Given that you sent a letter of intent, I have a question for you out of my own curiosity.

If another school gives you a fudge ton of cash, will you still go to WashU?

If Wash U gave me nothing or expected $70k a year I'd have a really tough decision. Wash U is my top choice by far, and it's more important to me to go there than to be less in debt, but $280-$360k worth of debt is...a lot.

I guess my plan is to see what the need-based aid is going to be and then try to negotiate if it isn't enough (e.g. let them know that I need more to be able to afford life, ask if the merit committee is still meeting, etc).
 
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My documents were received between 3/17 and 3/19, and my file was complete on 3/19. I was told when I asked the financial aid office that my file was "in line for processing" and should be complete "soon". Hoping for decent aid there.

As for merit aid, I'm really hoping for a half tuition scholarship but am not expecting anything, especially since I sent a letter of intent. I'm estimating that the total COA this year will be close to $89k ($2k more than last year's incoming class), and half tuition brings that down to $55k before need-based aid. Maybe since it's a smaller class there'll be more scholarship, but I'm definitely worried about overall cost.
I sent a letter of intent and received half tuition for what it’s worth
 
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I wonder if the merit committee hasn't been meeting as much due to the current situation. Also for what it's worth the tuition letter and financial aid tab said most scholarships are awarded in mid to late April, so it seems like settling in for the wait is the right call.
 
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So...all of this to say, the money is making me nervous too and I really hope Wash U takes pity on my broke butt
 
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I'm WL'ed. I've already completed FAFSA. Is there anything else I need to do to apply for financial aid at Wash U at the moment?
 
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I'm WL'ed. I've already completed FAFSA. Is there anything else I need to do to apply for financial aid at Wash U at the moment?

If you haven't filled out the CSS profile yet you might want to, if you have the time and/or nothing else to do. Don't send it in yet, though - if you're accepted they'll give you a reduced fee!
 

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If you haven't filled out the CSS profile yet you might want to, if you have the time and/or nothing else to do. Don't send it in yet, though - if you're accepted they'll give you a reduced fee!
Thanks! I completed it late last night. I sent it in for a different school. Hopefully, I'll get to send it for Wash U.
 
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Since I no longer have MSAR access and I can't find any other posts about this, does anyone know if WashU is receptive to requests to defer matriculation? It's my top choice right now but I'd want to defer for a year due to some family financial difficulties coming from COVID-19. I have a well-paying job (not at all related to medicine though) lined up and it could really help pay for my family's expenses and I think I could also use a year off to prevent burnout :/
 
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