So, I have quite a few acquaintances who, being accepted to multiple schools, got the financial aid packages of each school they were accepted to and used them as leverage to garner more financial incentives (grants, scholarships, etc) from a particular school or set of schools. Is this a common practice? Has anyone else heard of or done this? I, myself, thought this was BS until I happened to experience it personally. When withdrawing from school A by phone, I was immediately transferred to the Dean of Admissions. I told him that I was withdrawing, thanks and all, yada yada yada, and that I would be matriculating to school B. When he asked me why, I was honest and told him of several reasons, one of which was the generous fin aid package that made school B much more affordable than I had ever anticipated. His response was "Hold that withdrawal, and let me get back to you." Then, BOOM, four days later I get some random 4-year merit scholarship letter in the mail. Didn't matter - still didn't go. But I thought this was odd. But apparently, this sort of thing happens all the time?