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WUE and National Merit Scholarship

sorollasorolla 36 replies8 threads Junior Member
edited October 2010 in Arizona State University
ASU participates in the Western Undergrad Exchange (WUE) program where people from western states get to enroll for 150% of in-state tuition, which is nice. But on ASU's website, it says that people paying that tuition aren't eligible for regular resident or even non-resident scholarships (although they can get a special WUE scholarship of a couple thousand).

I'm interested in the National Merit scholarship, which I've heard covers full OOS tuition. Does anyone know if I'd still be eligible for that scholarship if I did the WUE thing? Would I just get a smaller scholarship that would cover my full WUE tuition?
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  • chaichiachaichia 92 replies4 threads Junior Member
    Definitely go with the Nat. Merit if you get it, I heard that ASU doesn't stack scholarships which is messed up so you'd probably only get the WUE one plus any grants and then loans. Also with the WUE thing, check to make sure you're eligible with your major for that. I remember looking at some schools that were a part of WUE and some never gave reduced tuition for business majors.
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  • emerlusemerlus 135 replies5 threads Junior Member
    Just call ASU. They're going to give you the most definitive answer.
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  • mmmcdowemmmcdowe 2321 replies32 threads Senior Member
    ASU does stack some scholarships, but merit ones like the NMF do not stack.
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  • MidwestPopMidwestPop 199 replies12 threads Junior Member
    Does anyone know what ASU currently offers for NMF? I cannot seem to locate any specific guaranteed package for NMF on their web site.
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  • mmmcdowemmmcdowe 2321 replies32 threads Senior Member
    They have a range depending on your application and residency status. Check the honors college website.
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  • merlanamerlana 25 replies10 threads Junior Member
    If you call them and ask, they'll just tell you. That's what I did last year.
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  • MidwestPopMidwestPop 199 replies12 threads Junior Member
    OK, thanks Merlana. I checked the Honors college website again and it does not list any dollar amount for their NMF scholarships. I'll give them a call.
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  • merlanamerlana 25 replies10 threads Junior Member
    yeah, it was the same way last year which I found really annoying, but I believe if you call admissions there's actually a "Press # for Scholars" thing which is what I did. You just have to say, I'm a national merit finalist/semifinalist I was wondering how much the instate/OOS scholarship is for this year.
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  • MidwestPopMidwestPop 199 replies12 threads Junior Member
    Thanks Merlana. I'll give that a try. Did you end up attending ASU?
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  • merlanamerlana 25 replies10 threads Junior Member
    Actually, yes I did. I'm in my first year the the Barrettt honors college now and love it. I got into some more highly ranked schools, but toured and fell in love with the place. I highly reccomend touring barrett and ASU if you're thinking about coming here. There is so much oppertunity at this school if you take the time to find it. :)
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  • MidwestPopMidwestPop 199 replies12 threads Junior Member
    Merlana, thanks for the info. My daughter is interested in Archaeology and it sounds as though ASU has a good program. She's also applying to some higher ranked schools but Barretts looks pretty impressive and the price is certainly good. We'll plan a visit at some point before decisions need to be made.
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  • christalena2christalena2 1640 replies27 threads Senior Member
    ^ The physical anthropology program here is top notch (including archaeology, bioarch, etc.). I'm an anthro minor, and they have tons of opportunities for those interested in the subject.
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  • MidwestPopMidwestPop 199 replies12 threads Junior Member
    Thanks for the info Christalena2. I just sat down with my DD this evening to narrow down the college search. ASU is still on the list!!
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  • arabrabarabrab 5890 replies78 threads Senior Member
    Be careful: ASU's Tempe campus is not a WUE member, unless something has recently changed.

    You can be a Barrett student on any of the campuses; the Tempe campus is the one that has the new Barrett college complex.
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  • C3BakerC3Baker 729 replies3 threads Member
    Midwestpop - Dr. Nelson, the Vice Dean of Barrett is a professor in the anthropology department. My son is currently taking a class with her, Community of Undergraduate Research, and speaks pretty highly of her. The COURs class is for Barrett students doing research in any field (he is in engineering) and he seems to like it a lot. The reason I bring this up is that if you end up doing a campus visit, you may want to specifically request a meeting with Dr. Nelson if you visit Barrett. And I highly recommend the campus visit, you will be wow-ed by the Honors College campus. I think that when we did the campus visit, they quoted a statistic that something like 90% of the NMF who do a campus visit of Barrett end up enrolling. And that was before the new Barrett complex opened! I think the NMF scholarships are less now than they used to be, unfortunately, but it is still a pretty sweet deal. We are also from the Midwest and did the campus visit in January. We left home at -12 degrees and it was min the mid-70s at ASU. Yet another selling point!
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  • MidwestPopMidwestPop 199 replies12 threads Junior Member
    C3Baker, thanks for the info. It was very helpful. My daughter is planning to finish up the Barrett application tomorrow. We hope to schedule a visit before the end of the year and tour both ASU and U of Arizona. We'll definitely need to try and connect with Dr. Nelson. And yes (!) the Arizona weather in the winter would be very nice! Did your son consider any other schools that offer the big NMF scholarships? Alabama? Arizona? Baylor?
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  • MidwestPopMidwestPop 199 replies12 threads Junior Member
    In case anyone else was wondering, a letter that my DD received from Barrett's this week stated "A Nonresident (NMF) will be awarded the amount of nonresident tuition for the 2011-2012 year and will remain at the same amount for eight semesters. For example, this year's OOS tuition is $20,257, however we anticipate that the amount will increase for the upcoming year".

    So it looks as though ASU is continuing the full tuition scholarship program for the 2011-2012 school year. That sure keeps ASU on DD's short list!
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  • noimaginationnoimagination 6953 replies101 threads Senior Member
    ^ Yes, I received the same letter. Good news for everyone considering ASU.
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  • C3BakerC3Baker 729 replies3 threads Member
    Midwestpop - My son did consider other schools with large NMF scholarships and that was really his primary focus. At the time he planned to go to med school and his goal was to pay as little out of pocket (our pockets, actually, not his!) for undergraduate to be able to put that money towards med school tuition. In the meantime, the opportunities that he has gotten for doing research at ASU have been fantastic and he now wants to go the PhD route in biomedical engineering instead of med school. I think it's a better fit for him anyway. He ended up picking ASU over the others because Barrett Honors College is really unique among schools - it is just a whole different environment. He is a kid who never quite fit in in high school, although he did well and had a pretty good time. But at Barrett he is really thriving. One small example - at one of the fall football games all the NMF go down on the field at halftime and are introduced as ASU's academic recruits. What a great message this sends to the kids that scholarship is valued when generally athletics is the only thing recognized at sports events.

    I think it really is a good strategy for these kids to pay as little for undergraduate as possible when they know that their future plans will include grad school.

    One other recommendation for your ASU campus visit is for your daughter to do an overnight with a Barrett ambassador. It really gave my son a great idea what it was like to live and study there. He was pretty much sold on ASU after that.

    Good luck to your daughter in her college search - it is wonderful how many opportunities these kids have and I'm sure that she will find a perfect fit!
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