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Discus: What Are My Chances?: April 2004 Archive: Stanford Counselors...
By Platinium (Platinium) on Wednesday, April 21, 2004 - 03:10 am: Edit

Hello People,

Has anyone talked with the Stanford Counselors? does it help if you go talk to them before you send your application... what do they ask you?

Replies are welcome.

By Platinium (Platinium) on Friday, April 23, 2004 - 05:48 pm: Edit

Any one??

Does (applying)/(not applying) for financial help increase/decrease your chances?

By Pkamdp (Pkamdp) on Sunday, April 25, 2004 - 03:37 am: Edit

Personally, I believe that even though they claim to ignore finances, Stanford (and probably other private schools)does look at this for admissions. If they can admit kids with higher EFC's, there will be less aid they have to figure out. The truth is, they can admit anyone they want to, and this is one of the things they look at. Sure, they will admit some needy students, but that doesn't mean that they are not looking at the money issue. Especially with Stanford, admission decisions make no sense at all.
Anyone agree with this?

By Tufts08 (Tufts08) on Sunday, April 25, 2004 - 06:42 am: Edit

"Anyone agree with this?"
Well anyone who does, is just as completely wrong as you. If a school says they're need blind, they're need blind. That's why some schools admit they aren't. It's well known that adcom's love taking kids from underpriviledged backgrounds.

Applying for FinAid at Stanford will in no way hurt you. That is a guarantee. Stanford is an extremely rich school that has lots of money to spend on students who need it.

By Nicksummers (Nicksummers) on Sunday, April 25, 2004 - 08:32 am: Edit

Yup - need blind = no $ factor, it's sort of a binding statement. Now anything LESS than need-blind, however, and you'll see FinAid as a tiebreaker or worse. Stanford, along with many other schools with similar policies, is not stingy this way. Now, ask the accepted kids how they feel about their FA packages and you'll get a better idea of the money issue...

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