‘They Can’t Be Stingy With the money’

A recent series of articles in The New York Times Westchester section offers some insight into high school senior Franklin Ordonez’s college search. He ranks 30th in his class of 285, and has been admitted to Syracuse, Bentley, George Washington, N.Y.U., and Dartmouth. While Syracuse offered the young businessman $32,000, G.W.U. and Dartmouth undercut that by nearly $7,000. The Times article explains:

Peggy Butkier, Mr. Ordo�ez’s guidance counselor, persuaded him to ask Dartmouth for more money.

“I sent a yellow appeal paper,” said Mr. Ordo�ez, but he added that he was not willing to accept the school’s offer of a federal loan. “I don’t want to pay interest. They got to give me more money, they can’t be stingy with the money.”

Franklin was turned down by Georgetown, UPenn, Harvard, and Cornell, and has decided, “I’m going to Dartmouth, whatever.”