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# Paying for B-school

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Paying for B-school [#permalink]  10 Jun 2008, 09:29
So I have....a friend....., we will call him Raadend. Raadend can probably afford B-school without taking loans or getting aid. However, my "friend" would prefer to get some sort of financial aid instead of taking such a huge financial hit. Are scholarships and such granted to people who do not really need them?
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Re: Paying for B-school [#permalink]  10 Jun 2008, 09:33
raabenb wrote:
So I have....a friend....., we will call him Raadend. Raadend can probably afford B-school without taking loans or getting aid. However, my "friend" would prefer to get some sort of financial aid instead of taking such a huge financial hit. Are scholarships and such granted to people who do not really need them?

most scholarships ive seen are merit based, not need based
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Re: Paying for B-school [#permalink]  10 Jun 2008, 09:39
Do you know how to get them? Is it part of the application or do they just surprise people? I really have not researched this much so far, I figured this was a great place to start asking.
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Re: Paying for B-school [#permalink]  10 Jun 2008, 09:51
for chicago gsb, you are automatically considered for a bunch of different scholarships... although many are specialized (e.g. women going into finance, former military going into consulting, etc.), such that i only qualified for the catch all scholarship
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Re: Paying for B-school [#permalink]  10 Jun 2008, 10:27
I pretty sure all of my applications included a sentence or two indicating that all applicants are considered for merit-based scholarships.

Cornell had an additional essay for their Park Fellowship. There may be other schools that ask applicants to complete an additional application or essay to be considered for similar awards. However, these are well-advertised, so you'll become aware of them as your research programs.
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Re: Paying for B-school [#permalink]  10 Jun 2008, 10:32
A friend of mine that went to Harvard's KSG (granted not b-school) was awarded a 1/2 scholarship based on merit + need. Not sure how much the need was a factor, but it certainly made paying for it easier.
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Re: Paying for B-school [#permalink]  10 Jun 2008, 11:01
The process is pretty school-dependent. A lot of schools will automatically consider all students for merit scholarships after (or sometimes upon) admission. Some like MIT Sloan ask you to check off boxes on the admissions application, indicating which scholarships you qualify for. Others like Wharton have a completely separate fellowship/scholarship application. Finally, Harvard and Stanford don't give out merit-based money.
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Re: Paying for B-school [#permalink]  10 Jun 2008, 12:42
Kellogg gives lots of need/merit based scholarships out from what I have heard. That said need seems to basically mean your EFC on the FAFSA is less than what the cost for a year of school will be.
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Re: Paying for B-school [#permalink]  12 Jun 2008, 06:14
raabenb wrote:
So I have....a friend....., we will call him Raadend. Raadend can probably afford B-school without taking loans or getting aid. However, my "friend" would prefer to get some sort of financial aid instead of taking such a huge financial hit. Are scholarships and such granted to people who do not really need them?

As far as I know, Duke only offers need-based aid in the form of Perkins loans (5% interest, instead of 6.8-8.5%). I actually received this offer, but it was only for \$3,000. Hence, the annual maximum for Perkins loans is so small that it doesn't mean a whole lot compared to the ridiculous amount of debt.
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Re: Paying for B-school [#permalink]  12 Jun 2008, 06:38
take a look at each school's merit-scholarship webpage. Most merit scholarships are given without a separate application. But some do require a few more essays, so keep that in mind when you get accepted into said school.

The Knowledge Vault should have some more good threads from the past that can help.
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Re: Paying for B-school   [#permalink] 12 Jun 2008, 06:38
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