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Getting Accepted does NOT mean that a Merit Scholarship will be forthcoming....


Replies to: Getting Accepted does NOT mean that a Merit Scholarship will be forthcoming....

  • menloparkmommenloparkmom Registered User Posts: 12,755 Senior Member
    Since she applied EA, not ED, there is NO reason to put down the deposit receipt unless she knows for certain that she wants to go there. Nor is putting down the enrollment deposit expected. She might want to ask her HS college counselor to reach out to the ad min at the college to see if he/ she knows if she is on the short list for merit/ honors OR if there is anything that she should do to increase her "chances".

    However, she may want to make the Housing deposit, as soon as she can ,IF rooms are delegated on a first come first serve basis. If she ends up going elsewhere you probably wont get that back, but normally its less than 1K. Doing so will not have an impact on her chances of getting merit $$/ honors status.

    "Specifically - does confirming enrollment help or harm either her pending application to the school’s Honor College or potential merit award?"
  • eager2019eager2019 Registered User Posts: 42 Junior Member
    I hear colleges are businesses. Can you take quote from one business and show it to other business and ask to match? Given one business is a in-state public institution and other is OOS (Both highly selective). Did anyone have success with this?
  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone Registered User Posts: 20,562 Senior Member
    You can ask for more aid, either merit or need based, but most schools do not consider offers from other schools as a reason to grant more aid. The Ivies do with other Ivies, and some schools may give another $2000 if you show interest, but comparing an instate school to an OOS school is apples and oranges. Why would Missouri care what it would cost you to go to school in Illinois? How would they compare their costs and scholarships available?
  • got2laughgot2laugh Registered User Posts: 24 Junior Member
    Would anyone know if some schools would super score the ACT for Merit? I see a lot of schools will take the highest scores from each section in order to "create a new composite score" So does that mean that they will take the new composite score for the merit baseline as well?
  • CTScoutmomCTScoutmom Registered User Posts: 1,852 Senior Member
    Roth IRA in the parents' name is a good option, a 529 owned by the grandparents is also another legal option. However, remember that the account would then be the grandparent's asset. If the grandparents are getting close to an age where they would be entering nursing care, it would be considered theirs when calculating what they must spend down before Title 19 would kick in.
  • LucieTheLakieLucieTheLakie Registered User Posts: 4,043 Senior Member
    @got2laugh, I think that really varies by school.
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