Should Deferred Candidate “Remind” Admission Officials of No-Need Status?


Our daughter applied ED to a top 15 school and was deferred. We learned that, as a result of the expanded financial aid program that the school announced this year, the ED applications went up 40 percent. At the same time, the school is also heavily soliciting donations from alumni for the program, which is characterized as one-third funded at this point. The school states it is need-blind but it seems a school would have to have enough students who pay full tuition to balance those on aid. For the letter of continued interest, our daughter does not have new awards, nor are her senior grades stellar. Seems like grasping at straws, but would it help to reiterate that we will not seek aid to attend? Or would it be perceived as obnoxious and repetitive from the Common App?

Trying to curry favor by reminding officers at a need-blind college that your deferred daughter hasn't applied for aid is indeed a bad idea. Admission committees are not supposed to have this information and, by announcing her full-pay status in a Letter of Continued Interest, your daughter runs the risk of sounding “obnoxious" just as you've already suspected. Moreover, since it seems like one of this school's objectives is to enroll more low-income students, it might actually work against your daughter to proclaim that she doesn't fall into this targeted demographic.

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