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About how many questbridge scholarships are given out?

roderickroderick Posts: 1,404Registered User Senior Member
edited August 2010 in Questbridge Programs
The benefits of a QB scholarship - 4 yr tuition paid to the most selective schools in the US - is made very clear. But how many of these scholarships are available and are given out each year and about how many apply?

What are the odds of getting a QB scholarship? On the back of any game of chance that is sold in the marketplace there are labeling/disclosure rules about the odds of winning. Before I get flamed that QB is not a lottery, I assume that even if one meets all the selection criteria, an applicant is still subject to the numbers, the numbers available.

When my first daughter went through the college process a few yrs ago, I recall one college that touted its relationship with Oxford and the possibility of going there on a temp study arrangement by virtue of this partnership. Much more inquiry dtermined that , yes, there was a partnership and , yes, a student could go to Oxford, but it turned out that the student needed to walk on water and there were like one maybe two at most a yr who availed themselves of this . I wonder if QB is similar.

It is easy to see and imagine the $50,000,000 in the lotto, but not the 1:13,000,000 chance of getting this money that is in small print on the other side of the ticket.
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Replies to: About how many questbridge scholarships are given out?

  • xrCalico23xrCalico23 Posts: 4,673Registered User Senior Member
    Questbridge scholarships are given by the college, not by the organization...
    But how many of these scholarships are available and are given out each year?

    Depending on how many QB finalists are matched to their top choice colleges. I think you can find the number somewhere on the college match webpage.

    Edit: 268 in the year 2009. If you click on the link below, you can see the number of recipients from past years. Of course, many who were not matched were able to attend their top choice colleges in the RD round with very generous FA as well.

    http://questbridge.org/students/class2014_match_profiles.html
  • xavier110xavier110 Posts: 413Registered User Member
    Your odds improve if you apply to a binding school (aka NOT Stanford, Yale, Princeton, Notre Dame, or MIT)...

    Around 270 people won the full scholarship in the match round. However, one could get full aid in the RD round, so there is no way of measuring who is on a full ride.
  • roderickroderick Posts: 1,404Registered User Senior Member
    xavier, whatis meant by 'binding school' ?

    also , about how many apply to this qb program? I assume there is a fair amount of self selection in this exercise, so I would think that most would have a roughly equal shot.
  • xavier110xavier110 Posts: 413Registered User Member
    2500 were finalists; 270 were matched; around half of the finalists (though this may be even higher now..that's 2007's statistic) end up being accepted during RD to a QuestBridge partner college.

    A binding school would require you to attend if matched.
  • GA2012MOMGA2012MOM Posts: 4,437Registered User Senior Member
    Your odds improve if you apply to a binding school (aka NOT Stanford, Yale, Princeton, Notre Dame, or MIT)...

    sigh......xavier110, could you please give a citation for this? Please don't give misleading facts that you cannot back up.

    OP, here are the #'s from the QB site. 2005-08 National College Match Program Results - Acceptance Rates

    http://www.questbridge.org/students/profiles_class2014/match.stats.html

    and also

    National College Match Program: 2009 College Match Finalist Profile


    Roderick, my D was a QB match 2 years ago (rising junior.) Please feel free to pm me with any questions.
  • roderickroderick Posts: 1,404Registered User Senior Member
    thanks for the input. from the link I see that it is about 4.6 pct of the applicants get the qb scholarship.

    Another question on the qb scholarship: one of the eligibility criteria to get into the qb program initially is for family income to be below a certain level (eg, 60k); does the family need to 'stay poor' each year to get the scholarship? What if the income went beyond this level in another yr?
  • HakushakuHakushaku Posts: 46Registered User Junior Member
    I believe that the QB scholarship is for 4 years regardless of change in income. I would assume it would be. I guess I would ask QB directly.
  • gaginanggaginang Posts: 424Registered User Member
    The package may change depending on the student's financial situation.
  • 2blue2blue Posts: 1,604Registered User Senior Member
    Check the specific QB College Match scholarship page of each school to see if its scholarship offer is subject to change if a family's financial circumstances change. For example, I know off the top of my head that Yale, Stanford and MIT are subject to change. The 2009 MIT listing does a particularly clear job of explaining this: "MIT's need-based financial aid is awarded on an annual basis, and Match recipients must re-apply yearly for aid. The package detailed below is also subject to Match recipients receiving a full Federal Pell Grant each year. Provided that there is no significant change in a student's family's financial situation, financial aid awards should remain consistent year to year." (Partner School: MIT 2009 College Match Scholarship Package)

    Penn explains that it limits the match to students from families whose financial situation it expects not to change drastically: "Because family situations can often change significantly from year to year, Penn normally re-determines a student's expected family contribution each year. For that reason, QuestBridge students will generally be considered for a four-year Match Scholarship only in those cases where the expected parent contribution is less than $500, and it appears unlikely that it will change over time. As a general rule, the only change in a Match Scholar's expected contribution over their four years will be an annual increase (no more than $100) in the Federal Work-Study component." (Partner School: University of Pennsylvania - 2010 College Match Scholarship Package)

    Others simply list the scholarship package that Matched students will receive.
  • xavier110xavier110 Posts: 413Registered User Member
    sigh......xavier110, could you please give a citation for this? Please don't give misleading facts that you cannot back up.

    ED acceptance rates are always higher than EA rates. Plus, more people rank at least one of the non-binding schools than one of the binding ones. I remember reading that on the website of one of the non-binding colleges. I will try to find it.
  • GA2012MOMGA2012MOM Posts: 4,437Registered User Senior Member
    ^^^^^^^

    xavier, in the case of the Questbridge College Match, ALL schools are basically ED.

    ED/EA/RD, makes no difference. Your statement is still without ANY facts to back it up. You cannot use "normal" application trends to make blanket statements about the QB Match. Apples and oranges.
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