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waitlists and financial aid

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by vyc, May 12, 2002.

  1. vyc

    vyc Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    here's a scenario that i need advice on.

    let's say i've been accepted to school A and plan to matriculate there. but their financial aid package kinda sucks...

    then let's say i've been waitlisted at school B but i know i won't go there over school A, no matter what.

    should i still stay on the waitlist, see if i get in, and see what kind of financial aid package they might offer me?

    if they gave me a better financial aid package, could i negotiate better with school A and try to get them to match school B's package?

    i know it's not nice for me to stay on the waitlist at a school that i don't want to go to but i really don't want to be in $200K debt... and will do anything to decrease that even just a little...

    what do people think?
     
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  3. none

    none 1K Member 10+ Year Member

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    I don't really believe that people actually negotiate with medical schools. To be blunt, if the school felt that they really, strongly wanted you no matter what, they would have offered a scholarship to begin with. Unfortunately, as applicants, we are very easily replaceable.
     
  4. negotiate financial aid packages? the school won't give u a dime more because you got into another school.....they will be like...if you don't like it...then go to the other school :D
     
  5. Scooby Doo

    Scooby Doo IEatShavedPussyCats 10+ Year Member

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by WatchaMaCallit:
    <strong>negotiate financial aid packages? the school won't give u a dime more because you got into another school.....they will be like...if you don't like it...then go to the other school :D </strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">This is just not true. You CAN have schools "battle" over you. If you are talking in a "couple thousands" range. Not if it's 20K or full ride. If the schools are relatively similar, but you really want to go to one school and another one gave you a full ride, call them up and say you want to go BUT this other school which is nice, but not exactly where you want to go is giving you a ton of money..then they should try to give you a little more...

    My friends have done it in the past...and it has worked...
     

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