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Schools known for good merit aid

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  • manykids2000manykids2000 Registered User Posts: 89 Junior Member
    on the NPC, how do you tell how much is merit vs need? Sometimes it says school scholarship and gift aid but it does not separate the two. Is it separate when they get in and receive a letter with details? Sorry if this is a silly question.
  • menloparkmommenloparkmom Registered User Posts: 11,795 Senior Member
    USC- University of Southern Calif- offers 1/2 tuition scholarships to NMF's that it accepts.
  • websensationwebsensation Registered User Posts: 859 Member
    @menloparkmom I was also looking at the USC 1/2 tuition scholarships to NMFs. Is this an automatic thing as long as you are a NMF and designate USC as the number 1 choice school? Their tuition is so expensive that even a half reduction will mean you have to pay $26K tuition + 10K room and board + additional money for living expenses. That's equivalent to going to UCLA or UC Berkeley as an in-state student. I wish USC would offer a full tuition for in-state kids with NMF status and good grades etc. That would seal the deal for us.

    UCLA and UC Berkeley's costs are not small for CA resident statements. Total costs come out to $35K.
  • websensationwebsensation Registered User Posts: 859 Member
    @mtrosemom Tx for your response. One thing I did not know is that schools generally (?) defer scholarships awarded when they defer admission due to a gap year. That would be nice.
  • menloparkmommenloparkmom Registered User Posts: 11,795 Senior Member
    "Is this an automatic thing as long as you are a NMF and designate USC as the number 1 choice school?"

    yes, at this point it is.
    BUT first the student has to be ACCEPTED to USC. There is no need to designate USC as the #1 choice school until May. Doing so earlier does not increase your chances at USC, as admissions does not even look to see which students are NMF's until they receive the official first choice list from National Merit in early Summer. Then they match up names with the list of students who have committed to enrolling.

    USC turns down MANY NMF's.
    The most important thing for Hi Stat students to do is to show GENUINE interest in going to USC.
    Sending in an application will not cut it.
  • menloparkmommenloparkmom Registered User Posts: 11,795 Senior Member
    edited September 2016
    " I wish USC would offer a full tuition for in-state kids with NMF status and good grades etc"
    NO private college is going to offer thousands of full tuition scholarships just because students are NMF's and have good grades.
    Would you ask this of STANFORD?.
  • jym626jym626 Registered User Posts: 51,065 Senior Member
    @menloparkmom - Does USC still guarantee the 1/2 tuition scholarship to the NMFs it accepts? I thought that was no longer a given, but that they are "considered" for this scholarship when the put USC as their first choice school.
  • websensationwebsensation Registered User Posts: 859 Member
    edited September 2016
    @menloparkmom Honestly, I would not ask this of Stanford primarily because I consider Stanford to have a much greater advantage in terms of "brand" name. :) But this is precisely the reason why I would consider not going to Stanford even if I were accepted and instead attend UC Berkeley/UCLA which are cheaper for CA resident students. In my mind, USC is on par with UCLA/UC Berkeley or slightly below overall in terms of kids wanting to attend.
  • websensationwebsensation Registered User Posts: 859 Member
    @jym626 If a NMF is merely "considered" for NMF merit scholarship, they should say so on their website. Their website did not say this, so I am thinking it must be an automatic thing for NMF half tuition off merit scholarship.
  • LoveTheBardLoveTheBard Registered User Posts: 1,184 Senior Member
    @websensation - The *do* say so on their website. Where have you read otherwise?

    This is what it says on USC website on their Scholarship PDF for 2017-2018 under the National Merit Finalist Presidential Scholarship: "Selected on the basis of PSAT performance. Entering first-year students are considered if they have been designated National Merit Finalists and name USC as their first-choice college with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation." Note the word *....are considered if....*. Nowhere does it say that it's automatic.
  • websensationwebsensation Registered User Posts: 859 Member
    edited September 2016
    @LoveTheBard You are correct; I was wrong. But for some reason I read that "considered" to mean "will be generally given". Also, in my defense, the other poster said the NMF merit scholarship was "automatic"; I guess it is NOT automatic. I guess you can always apply and if they don't give you the NMF merit scholarship, not go there. Fair enough. I think this is one reason why you should apply to many colleges and see how much merit-based aid schools give you. Your first choice or dream school choice may change based on the amount of merit aid.
  • menloparkmommenloparkmom Registered User Posts: 11,795 Senior Member
    edited September 2016
    " I thought that was no longer a given, but they are "considered" for this scholarship when the put USC as their first choice school. "
    the USC website has ALWAYS said they are "considered".The national merit scholarships have always, in fact, been awarded,.
    But in conversations with my senior USC source recently, he said although it was still automatic as of 2015, that many change in the future.
  • mtrosemommtrosemom Registered User Posts: 1,718 Senior Member
    A list of full and partial NM scholarships can be seen here: http://nmfscholarships.yolasite.com/. The first list is at least full tuition scholarships. The second list is partial tuition scholarships.
  • jym626jym626 Registered User Posts: 51,065 Senior Member
    Looks like others have already addressed this, @websensation. USC's site says that NMF's are "considered" for 1/2 tuition scholarships. @menloparkmom is indicating that it is still automatic, but I had heard otherwise. In fact, I think it was discussed in past years (recently) on cc.
  • menloparkmommenloparkmom Registered User Posts: 11,795 Senior Member
    ^what was discussed was some posters mis-conception/ assumption that ADMISSION to USC was automatic IF the applicant was a NMF.
    That is not and never has been the case.
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