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Schools known for good merit aid

jmmomjmmom Posts: 9,081Registered User Senior Member
edited January 24 in Parents Forum
On a couple of other threads, the question of which schools give good merit aid is being discussed. This comes up often, but the combined knowledge of all those here on cc tends to be buried among many posts on many related topics.

I thought I'd start a thread here. I have only a little knowledge, but will start with a few that I know of/recall being mentioned.
Hope this will be an efficient repository of the info that so many can use.


Tulane
Vanderbilt
Case Western Reserve
Santa Clara (?- offered S about half of what Tulane did, but still over $10K)
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Replies to: Schools known for good merit aid

  • hazmathazmat Posts: 8,435User Awaiting Email Confirmation Senior Member
    Rice, Duke, Emory, Vanderbilt, WUSTL, CalTech.....what are you looking for? How good is the student?
  • jmmomjmmom Posts: 9,081Registered User Senior Member
    This is a general question, rather than specific to a particular student. So, if it works, I think the answer to "what looking for" is: schools that offer good merit aid (not nickels and dimes) to applicants at the top of that particular school's pool.
  • dadofsamdadofsam Posts: 1,613Registered User Senior Member
    add Brandeis and Rochester
  • ohio_momohio_mom Posts: 4,045Registered User Senior Member
    add Allegheny College
  • minimini Posts: 26,431Registered User Senior Member
    Grinnell - about 38% of all the aid they offer, according to the Common Data Set, is merit aid
  • ohio_momohio_mom Posts: 4,045Registered User Senior Member
    And Kalamazoo College
  • cangelcangel Posts: 4,127Registered User Senior Member
    Rhodes College, Trinity University
  • hazmathazmat Posts: 8,435User Awaiting Email Confirmation Senior Member
    Oakland, CA all women.
  • kdoskdos Posts: 331Registered User Member
    for NM look at some state schools: Ohio State, Arizona State, U of Oklahoma, U of Texas at Austin (I think), U of Florida, etc..
  • evitajr1evitajr1 Posts: 943Registered User Member
    Add American.
  • carolyncarolyn Posts: 7,435Registered User Senior Member
    I think we need to set some definitions. What exactly are we defining as "good with merit money?"

    Are we talking about schools that give full rides to a few selected students or are we talking about schools that give merit awards to a high percentage of students? Two completely different things -- and the average merit award is probably something we need to consider as well. Some schools potentially fall into both categories.

    Schools that give full rides (or close to it) to selected students:
    Emory
    Vanderbilt
    Southwestern U (TX)
    Dickinson
    Seattle U
    Johns Hopkins
    University of Arizona
    Arizona State U


    Schools that offer some merit money to a large percentage of students:
    Beloit
    Goucher (this may be changing however)
    Knox
    College of Wooster
    Hendrix
    University of Redlands
    Whittier
    Chapman U
    DePauw
    Lawrence
    University of Puget Sound
    Gustavos Adolphus
    Case Western
    Texas Christian University
    Wabash
    Albion
    Linfield
  • digmediadigmedia Posts: 2,876Registered User Senior Member
    We can compile a huge list of schools which may actually not help much. What I'd like to propose is that people post a list of links to college scholarship pages that show merit grants and what it takes to qualify for them. For example, Ohio University (Athens, OH) is a public school, but gives automatic aid for certain SAT/GPA/Rank combinations, and also gives extra money for out-of-state students:

    http://www.ohio.edu/admissions/scholfinaid/scholfresh.cfm

    http://www.ohio.edu/admissions/gateway/

    Also especially interesting is Southwestern University's Merit Calculator for determining in advance how much merit money they'll give you:

    http://southwestern.edu/admission-finaid/adm-scholarships.html


    This kind of SPECIFIC information was most helpful to me in doing some research.
  • carolyncarolyn Posts: 7,435Registered User Senior Member
    DePauw also has a merit calculator on its page. I am running out and don't have time to pull it up just yet.
  • jmmomjmmom Posts: 9,081Registered User Senior Member
    Good idea,s dig and carolyn. We can add links and, where we know it the merit aid "policies and practices."

    Tulane offers 100 (I believe)DHS full tuition (not room/bd) rides; and a very good % of generous merit awards (2005-6 was $19K for the DSA, about $15K for Founders; others for La. residents and urban residents (cities >200,000).
    http://www.tulane.edu/~finaid/scholarships.shtml
  • newmassdadnewmassdad Posts: 3,848Registered User Senior Member
    Michigan State:

    Alumni Distinguished Scholarships (ADS)

    ADS is one of the nation's outstanding scholarship programs, based on intellectual performance. The stipend, which is renewable over eight semesters, covers tuition, fees, room and board, plus $1,000 per year toward expenses (approximately $13,500 per year for Michigan residents and $24,000 per year for out-of-state residents). Students from all over the nation compete by examination on the MSU campus in February. Participation is by invitation only. Invitations are sent to the most outstanding students who apply for admission to MSU by November 1. At least 15 awards are made each year.

    Distinguished Freshman Scholarships

    Awarded to at least 20 runners-up in the ADS competition, tuition and fees for nine semesters (approximately $7,000 per year for Michigan residents and $17,400 per year for out-of-state residents).

    Who gets them? Kids that would othewise get into top 25 schools.
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