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# Aid Negotiations: Who to Contact?

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22 Mar 2007, 07:14
So I want to try to negotiate a larger scholarship, but I am not sure whom to email. I don't have a contact at the school as I had a student interviewer and just never needed to deal with any staff in the admissions office. Sending an email to info@.... seems a little lame, but sending it to the director seems presumptuous. I suppose I could call the office and ask who I should email if I have aid questions. Thoughts?

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22 Mar 2007, 08:39
how about the Fin Aid director of your school? If he/she doesn't control the scholarship then he/she will atleast direct you to the correct person..

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22 Mar 2007, 09:29
I think your best bet is as you suggested, just calling the office and asking for an aid contact, that way you know you'll be getting in touch with the right person.

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22 Mar 2007, 09:44
Actually, financial aid dept. has nothing to do with scholarships. It is the admissions people that determine it (at least for merit-scolarships) need-based, if available, would be fin/aid.

In your acceptance letter did you get contact info for any questions? Best to call and find out who is hte best person to talk to. Also, most people say to call when negotiating (not e-mail)...

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22 Mar 2007, 15:22
In some schools, the departments are the same, i.e. they are called: office of Admissions and Financial Aid or some other similar name. In this case, you may be dealing with the same department and the director will be the same. Staff will obviously have some division of tasks.

I agree that admissions will more likely influence scholarship decisions, as they are in charge of managing yield (their work is not done until students enroll).

Cheers. L.

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22 Mar 2007, 20:01
Hmmm....

I called and asked who to speak with regarding financial aid issues and was given the name of an assistant director for financial aid, or something like that. The scholarship letter (it was actually an email) was "signed" by the admissions director. The email was from "admissions-info@." I get that you should call for these negotiations, but I just can't pull that off. I have a beautifully worded email (merci, monsieur); I just need that nice "to" field filled out.

Perhaps tomorrow I will call and ask more specifically for someone I can talk to about merit-based scholarships. Yeah, I thought about it some more and I totally can't call and talk about it. I am SO looking forward to that negotiations class. I once talked someone DOWN from the initial offer she'd given me for the car I was selling. And then in my first-ever (and only) salary negotiations, I immediately caved on the first offer and then tried to back-track. I got nowhere. You can take the girl out of her small midwestern town....

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23 Mar 2007, 07:40
I think you should call Director of Admission and talk about your issues. Before asking for more \$, just remember to show him/her how much you love the school and really want to go there.

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