Colleges with potential for decent merit aid?
Trying to narrow down my college options before applying this fall. It's been my dream to go to CA for college but I will probably only consider schools that provide a decent amount of scholarship money, although my family is upper middle class. I have a 3.8 UW GPA and am taking the most rigorous course load in my school (ranked in the Top 10%). Although I am retaking the ACT in September, I scored a 29 on my last attempt (brought down by math and science scores ) and ost recent SAT was a 1300 and might retake in November.
Schools I am considering include Occidental College, Pitzer College, Pepperdine University, LMU, and University of San Francisco. Any experiences with these schools and their financial aid? Could the fact that I am Catholic and very involved in the church translate to higher chances of merit scholarships for the schools with religious affiliations (Pepperdine, LMU)? If that's the case I might also consider USan Diego.
If you have any suggestions on other schools I should look at, please let me know. I appreciate any help.