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WUE and National Merit Scholarship

sorollasorolla Registered User Posts: 44 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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Replies to: WUE and National Merit Scholarship

  • chaichiachaichia Registered User Posts: 96 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.
  • emerlusemerlus Registered User Posts: 140 Junior Member
    Just call ASU. They're going to give you the most definitive answer.
  • mmmcdowemmmcdowe Registered User Posts: 2,353 Senior Member
    ASU does stack some scholarships, but merit ones like the NMF do not stack.
  • MidwestPopMidwestPop Registered User Posts: 211 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.
  • mmmcdowemmmcdowe Registered User Posts: 2,353 Senior Member
    They have a range depending on your application and residency status. Check the honors college website.
  • merlanamerlana Registered User Posts: 35 Junior Member
    If you call them and ask, they'll just tell you. That's what I did last year.
  • MidwestPopMidwestPop Registered User Posts: 211 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.
  • merlanamerlana Registered User Posts: 35 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.
  • MidwestPopMidwestPop Registered User Posts: 211 Junior Member
    Thanks Merlana. I'll give that a try. Did you end up attending ASU?
  • merlanamerlana Registered User Posts: 35 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. :)
  • MidwestPopMidwestPop Registered User Posts: 211 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.
  • christalena2christalena2 Registered User Posts: 1,667 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.
  • MidwestPopMidwestPop Registered User Posts: 211 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!!
  • arabrabarabrab Registered User Posts: 5,961 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.
  • C3BakerC3Baker Registered User Posts: 731 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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