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My niece is a high school junior and is at the top of her class at a small school that offers no AP classes. She'll probably be the valedictorian. Her dad is on staff at a Monroe Community College in Rochester, which is excellent for those persuing certain vocational interests. Her dad is strongly pushing her to attend there (since they would waive tuition due to his employment) and then transfer to a 4 year school. He says that many schools offer generous merit scholarships to transfer students.
Her mom believes that her daughter would have more opportunities (internships, summer research, greater choice of courses) if she applied to 4-year schools, especially since she is such a strong student (and excellent softball pitcher) - and that she could get merit money which would result in her college costs being comparable to the first scenario above.
My question is: how generous are 4-year schools with their transfer scholarships? I was under the impression that the number of scholarships and the amounts would be significantly less.
Anyone out there have any knowledge or experience with this?