bigman225

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How acceptable is it to try to negotiate merit-based aid with your top choice school(s) if you have competitive scholarship offers from other similarly or higher ranked places? I'm thinking I may at least inform schools of the offer to beat, just because there is nothing to lose (I'm not going if things don't change financially anyway). It does seem sort of tactless..
 
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Do you mean bargain with them?

If not what would you be 'bartering'? A gross of apples? Bushel of wheat?
Yeah horrible misuse there. I corrected it. Anyway if you have some advice I'd love to hear it.
 

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People negotiate all the time. It is just a matter of how you present your case...

Typically it goes along the lines of: your school is amazing and I reallllly want to be a student there. HOWEVER, I am worried about finances. School X has offered me a scholarship of 123 dollars and I am curious as to if your institution is willing to consider any similar aid?