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Applying to other schools for finaid leverage? [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2009, 07:39
Hi all, I've been happy to read people's useful comments here.
I want to apply to USC Macc next year. I really need and want a good scholarship. Several MaCC admittees here said they received 1/2 scholarships. But one noted -- "it seems like if you were accepted to another school, USC starts throwing money at you"

Honestly, it's 'SC for me, at this moment; not only do they have a great reputation, but I love 'SC and I want to work in LA.

But, in order to get a better scholarship offer from 'SC, should I apply to other schools as well? Or should I head the other way, and just lay down my devotion to 'SC on the application?

BTW, I have 3.8 at a top univ, about 650 gmat, a couple years of interesting work exp.

Other MaCC programs I'd consider are CSU Fullerton, CSU LA, UCSD. Is it even worth applying to them to get leverage? Should I stop focusing just on LA?

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Re: Applying to other schools for finaid leverage? [#permalink] New post 15 Sep 2009, 07:45
You should apply to other schools as backup (in case your admissions to USC is denied). I am not saying that you will be rejected but USC is a highly competitive program (Top 10) with dedicated core recruiters. Now that many undergrads (both accounting and non-accounting majors) are turning to grad school in this tough economy, the competition to get into top programs is only going to get worse.

Also, USC and other schools do offer scholarships but generally the size is very small and very few get these scholarships. Macc or MSA programs are generally 1.5-2 year program. (30 credits, give or take) It is very short in nature and as a result, total private scholarship allocated to these programs are small. (many are funded through alumni donations) Therefore, even if USC is your top choice, you should apply to other programs.
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Re: Applying to other schools for finaid leverage?   [#permalink] 15 Sep 2009, 07:45
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