(EMAIL FROM A READER) I have gotten into two math grad schools which I will call A and B. I want to go to A, but B offered me substantially more money. Can I use the offer from B as leverage to get a better offer from A?My answer was NO because
- I doubt it will work--- money has to come from somewhere, I doubt School A can just find money for you.
- I doubt it will work-- School A has other students who want to go there, I doubt you're that big a deal to them.
- If you make a threat like this you need to be able to carry it out. That would put you at school B which you don't really want.
Readers- what do you thing? Do grad students ever do this? (I don't think so). Should they? Should she? ~