Changes have been made to the Miami (Ohio) guaranteed scholarship program for Fall 2013. For higher stat students larger scholarships are available; however, ranges are specified, the exact amounts will not be known until your scholarship letter is received in mid-March. All scholarships require a 3.70+ GPA and rigorous coursework. You must apply by December 1, 2012 to be eligible!
ACT 32+ or SAT CR&M 1400+
Ohio Resident: half to full tuition per year. Total award 26,200 - 52,300 (6,550 - 13,075 per year) based upon estimated 2013 tuition - goes up with tuition
Non-Ohio Resident: half to full tuition per year. Total award 57,300 - 114,500 (14,325 - 28,625 per year) based upon estimated 2013 tuition -goes up with tuition
ACT 29 - 31 or SAT CR&M 1290-1390
Ohio Resident: 16,000-32,000 (4,000 - 8,000 per year)
Non-Ohio Resident: 24,000-48,000 (6,000-12,000 per year)
ACT 27 - 28 or SAT CR&M 1210-1280
Ohio Resident: 8,000-24,000 (2,000 - 6,000 per year)
Non-Ohio Resident: 16,000-32,000 (4,000 - 8,000 per year)
ACT 26 or SAT CR&M 1170-1200
Ohio Resident: 2,000-8,000 (500 - 2,000 per year)
Non-Ohio Resident: 2,000-16,000 (500 - 4,000 per year)
Students with the grade point averages and test scores listed above are guaranteed scholarships within the ranges specified. Exact scholarship award amounts within each range will be determined by a holistic review of the application for admission and thorough evaluation of academic indicators including, but not limited to: rigor of coursework (based on courses available at high school), high school GPA, and standardized test scores. Award determinations will be based on the official testing and high school transcript information received by Miami University as of March 1, 2013.
I'm glad to see the enhancment to the upper end. Miami appears to be taking a page out of the Alabama/Clemson/South Carolina playbook - bring in students with 32+ on the ACT to boost the mid 50% statistic and increase the number of top 10% students. These items will help influence college ratings in a positive way.
At our local HS, while a number of kids go to Miami each year, far more go to Indiana or Iowa. These increased scholarship opportunities may draw more of these "good stat" kids. For price sensitive parents, Miami was always several thousand more than either Indiana or Iowa.
This could be the decision maker for us. My son (a junior) is very interested in MU but we are out of state and the tuition is a bit daunting, especially since he wants to go to med school. He has the stats to potentially qualify for a full tuition scholarship. We were impressed with the Honors Program at MU when we visited and loved the beautiful campus. If it can be affordable or free, it will be tough to turn down. THANKS MU!
I'm trying to convince D2 to look at Miami for a number of reasons and had noted back in April that her stats qualified her for an automatic $10000 scholarship. As I was printing out stuff to show her this morning, I was pleasantly surprised to see the new scholarship options! I knew to come here to see if there was any additional info
Questions if anyone knows:
Would the National Merit scholarship stack with this?
Does Miami take the HS GPA on the transcript if it's weighted or do they recalculate?
I don't know if the NMS scholarship stacks. You might want to check with the admissions department or your regional counselor.
As far as the GPA, when my DS got the automatic (back when it was $9,000) for the incoming fall 2010 class, they said took the weighted GPA on the HS transcript. Now our HS followed a fairly standard (at least for suburban Chicago) weighting system of an extra 1 full point for AP and .5 point for honors - with grades for gym and drivers ed not counted in the GPA. I don't know how Miami would handle it if your HS included "non-academic" classes in the GPA or had a unique weighting system.
Maybe someone else has more recent experience with NMS scholarships and weighted GPA's?
Thanks ChicagoBear! Your HS sounds similar to ours with the same weighting. The weighted GPA is on the transcript. I know that UA uses whatever is on the transcript & was hoping that Miami did the same (although I suspect that her unweighted GPA is well above the cutoff; there's some odd formulas out there though!)
We're hoping to visit in July on the way to drop D off at a summer program. I'll be sure to ask while there about the stacking.
I wonder if privately funded Merit awards are part of this ne program or they are added to automatic award. D. has graduated in 2011. She was on full tuition+ Merit award(s) - sum of about 10 mostly privately funded Merit awards that keep going up from year to year.
^Did your son apply for the additional scholarships? I talked to D2 about what MiamiDAP has said repeatedly re additional scholarship money. D2 said she got some e-mail announcements from her specific departments of study (two majors and a minor) that she would have paid little attention to had I not mentioned these to her. She admitted she would have just deleted them. She did apply and got two additional scholarships for next year. She will reapply again next year hoping to get the scholarships again as well as some money from another dept. that just went to seniors.
I don't know if the money is offered to upcoming sophomores as much as juniors and seniors, but a student won't get it without asking about it and applying.
Does anyone have any more experience with how they calculate GPAs? I read on their website that it's on a 4.0 scale, so I'm assuming that means it's unweighted, but I'm still wondering if they include non-academic courses, first semester senior year grades, etc.
"Well my son completed his first year with a 3.83 gpa. I was hoping for some merit money, but we didnt receive anything."
I have 2 questions / comments
-in D's time it was strongly recommneded to file FASFA for full range of MERIT awards. We did it religiously for all 4 years with great results
-again in D's time, Returning students Merit awards (additional non-renewable, one year awards) reguired APPLICATION in addition to college GPA=3.8+. They were not automatic. The deadline to apply was March 15 and they were very strict about it. First year D. applied and got additional $4k in Merit awards for her sophomore year. The next year she missed deadline by 4 days and got no additional award. Her college GPA was 4.0 at this point.
-There are departmental awards priamrily for juniors and seniors, but mostly for seniors. They also depend on college GPA, department and as far as I remember they also require application
-D. graduated in 2011.
-GPA at D's time was calculated by subtacting for "-", but NOT adding for "+". If you have all A's, GPA might be less than 4.0 despite of having bunch of A+. Some research internships (as an example) might add to your total credit hours. There is no such thing as weighted UW, although some classes are Honors, but you do not get any additional grade for them. However, after certain number of Honors, you might graduate with Honors. You also might graduate with Honors with distinguish if you add thesis to that. Again, that is how it worked in D's time.
FollowTheReaper- When I applied to Miami, they took the GPA on the high school transcript. If there is a weighted and unweighted GPA on the transcript, they took the weighted one. If you apply early or for the Harrison deadline, it would not include first semester senior grades; if you apply later, it would most likely include first semester senior grades. I'm not sure if they recalculate GPAs now.
MiamiDAP- An A+ was a 4.0, but Miami's GPA scale looked like:
A+ = 4.0
A = 4.0
A- = 3.7
B+ = 3.3
B = 3
B- = 2.7 (and so on)
FollowTheReaper-It would be best to call the Office of Admissions and ask them how they calculate the GPA weighted vs unweighted and at what point during the school year.
Applications for the merit money don't need to be in by December 1, 2012, but they make it pretty clear that if you are interested in the FULL amount it would be in your best interest to apply on or before the December 1 date. Be aware of deadlines if you're interested.
This new scale is an even more appealing change for a greater number of students with high stats to be rewarded with a great education without going broke. It appears this is now in place of the Harrison. I would think this is a good move for Miami University and students with high stats.