JonMLTR wrote:Depends on the university, for the top ones it is unlikely to help.
Some of the ivy league forms say that if we have our own funding it will improve our chances.
1. Well, "Ivy League" covers a lot of universities and they are not all the same.
2. It will also be different for theory and applied parts. I am familiar with the applied part and similar departments like operations research etc.
3. I think you should contact a poi and ask about this, they will usually have some good feedback (much better than the ones you will find here).
4. Tuition waiver is also considered as funding in fact some professors I have spoken to told me that they spend most of their money on paying tuitions rather than stipends especially on private universities.