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Appealing Merit Aid Awards

Question: My son has received acceptance to a number of schools (early action).  All but one have offered him scholarship dollars.  They are still quite expensive.  Is it appropriate to ask if they can improve on the offer? If so, how/when do you ask? Thank you

Sometimes it is possible to cajole college officials into offering more aid. But, as you do so, you will have to walk the fine line between being polite and being persistent.

Your odds will be greatest at those colleges where your son is an especially strong candidate.  At some schools, merit scholarships are controlled by the financial aid office and, at others, by the admission office. So you should start your appeal with the latter, although you may be quickly directed to financial aid. Here’s how to proceed:

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