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Wahoos said:If you call it financial aid, that is fine. What ever the source of money, this particular applicant was getting a full tutition paid for by Harvard and Hopkins. We wanted her to come UVA very much and she expressed a lot of interest in our school, but she was not going to come to UVA over Harvard if our school did not offer her the same as Harvard. So we had to come up with a way to finance this applicant's education, and we did, via the alumni funds. She decided to come. I know this because I was part of the admission's committee at UVA when I was a 4th year student. Believe it or not, but med schools go to length to get you to come, if you were a "superstar", someone that just stands out besides a high MCAT and high GPA. I seen plenty of people with over 35 MCAT and over 3.9 GPA during the interview season. But this particular applicant "really" stood out to us, and I guess to Harvard and Hopkins as well. You can check out the latest UVA medical school alumni magazine, because it mentions her...... then it asked me to donate money to the school
If you look at Harvard's financial aid system, everyone gets loans up to the first 25 grand a year. I don't know if this was true in years past, but I doubt they just threw out their rules for one applicant, though it's possible.
But this is nit-picking. We get your point, which is an interesting one.