"9. Does applying for financial aid hurt my chances of admission?" "Absolutely not! Pomona is one of only a handful of institutions in the nation committed to both need-blind admissions and awarding scholarships and financial aid that meet 100% of the demonstrated need of every admitted student."
Notice the word "handful".
Kind of like the reputation of NYU or Georgetown -- "Okay, you're accepted. Hope you can pay for it."
I have never seen anyone complainng about the lucky poor.
Well, she was a top student, so "yes" she did apply to a lot of schools that were reach schools for everyone. Also, I don't believe she applied to Pomona or anywhere binding early, because they are strapped financially her parents felt they needed to be able to compare financial aid options to go with the best one. But that's the advice given here on the CC Boards all the time.
Yup, it is the common wisdom on cc, but there are few of us that disagree with that wisdom. And this is one case. An ED to Pomona might have been a game-changer. Without the ED, she had practically no shot at that college.
I agree with you on the 1st part. But, ED to Pomona has risk too. What if the package is not good enough?
One big surprise for us turned out to be a girl who was one of the top students, a true academic powerhouse, near perfect SAT scores, and solid extra-curriculars. But, her high-tech dad had been unemployed for over a year, and they were just scraping by on unemployment plus the mom's part-time salary as a librarian. She wanted a small LAC & applied everywhere, including Ivys, places with good merit aid, colleges her parents had gone to. Guess what? She wasn't accepted at any of them, including Pomona College where her parents were alums. Because it was clear she would need a full ride.
Does applying for financial aid hurt my chances of admission?
Absolutely not! Pomona is one of only a handful of institutions in the nation committed to both need-blind admissions and awarding scholarships and financial aid that meet 100% of the demonstrated need of every admitted student. These policies enable Pomona to choose its students solely on the basis of educational considerations such as talent, promise, and ability to contribute to the campus community, while removing cost as a barrier to a first-class educational opportunity. In addition, Pomona does not require students with need to take loans in order to finance their educations, ensuring that enrolling students will not accrue debt while attending Pomona.