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Poor GPA/ Moderately High ACT... how can I get some $$$ for college?

KurisuMakiseKurisuMakise Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
Allow me to explain my situation. My Freshman year I was struggling. I ended with a <1 GPA. This resulted in my parents pulling me out of school to do online home school, which didn't work. When I came back to school my sophomore year my GPA was better but still bad, ~2.5. I managed to kick a** my Junior and Senior years with 4.0 and ~4.2 GPAs respectively. Overall, I have about a 2.8 GPA. The last time I took my act I scored a 31. I have several disabilities which have given me trouble in the past. Mainly ADHD and OCD, which made it very difficult to pay attention and caused me to hoard papers and lose important assignments. The OCD has especially given me trouble because intrusive thoughts often distract me from my work and cause me to lose my train of thought. I also have dysgraphia, which is the inability to write coherently due to some sort of brain issue. Sometimes teachers would flat out refuse to grade my assignments or mark answers wrong because they could not read them. Will colleges award me any scholarships at all when my GPA doesn't meet any of their requirements? Is it worth my time trying to explain my situation? Any and all advice is welcome. I appreciate it.

Replies to: Poor GPA/ Moderately High ACT... how can I get some $$$ for college?

  • KurisuMakiseKurisuMakise Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    To be completely honest, I had some motivation issues Freshman + sophomore years as well.
  • Madison85Madison85 Registered User Posts: 10,440 Senior Member
    So you are a senior now and graduating from high school soon?
  • thumper1thumper1 Registered User Posts: 65,192 Senior Member
    Most community colleges have open enrollment which means anyone can enrolling classes. The prices are usually less, if you can commute from home.

    When you returned to the HS....did you have a special education IEP or a 504 Plan to address your disabilities? If so...what accommodations did you have. If not...why not?

    Are you seeing a psychiatrist or someone to help you with the OCD? What are you doing to address this?

    In terms of dysgraphia...where I am, most papers and assignments are done using word processing.

    Did you speak to your HS guidance counselor about colleges where you would have a good chance of acceptance.

    Now...the money part.

    How much money do you need? How much will your parents contribute annually towards your college costs.

    Does your family have financial need....or are you hoping for merit scholarships?

    And my last comment...

    You seem to have an upward trend in your grades, but still have the same disability issues. Any chance you could do a post graduate year at your HS or another HS...taking classes and showing youncan reallyndomthat work...consistently?

  • KurisuMakiseKurisuMakise Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    I did have an IEP. They recommended that I use a laptop, but I refused because I was self conscious. They also offered to get me extra time on tests and such. I took advantage of that Junior year but stopped when people told me that my grades "didn't count" because I had extra time and they didn't. (Dumb, I know)

    As for OCD, I find that simply communicating with teachers helps tremendously, as they can tell me which papers I need to keep and which ones I don't. I still keep tests, quizzes, etc to study from, but i do not think that is an issue. This is why my grades spiked a lot in Junior year I think, I found it a lot easier to communicate with others.

    I spoke to my guidance counselor and narrowed down 2 colleges, Shepherd University and West Virginia University. I've already been accepted to Shepherd. I plan to spend a year their and then transfer to WVU or perhaps somewhere else to major in Physics.

    As far as I know, my parents don't plan to pay for any of my college. My first year will cost about 8000 because i won't be living on campus. For my next 3, assuming I attend WVU, i'm looking at about ~22000 annually. In a perfect world, I would be able to get another 10000 dollars to live on campus my first year, but I can't really see that happening.

    Family makes 6 digits, no financial need here. Was hoping for perhaps some sort of merit scholarship.

    As for your last question, I never really considered that option. I didn't even know you could do that. It is definitely an option I would be willing to explore. I also was considering maybe attending community college to get some courses out of the way that are required for my Physics major. The only issue is I want my first year courses to be as rigorous as possible so I don't fall behind in my courseload, as I've heard that once you fall behind in Physics it's very very hard to get back to the correct pace. I'd also like to maintain a good GPA and attend graduate school.
  • KurisuMakiseKurisuMakise Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    I graduated the day I made this post.
  • gearmomgearmom Registered User Posts: 3,127 Senior Member
    edited May 2017
    @KurisuMakise Do your parents support the idea of you going to college? If so, how do they expect you to pay for it? Do you have a summer job?

    The correct pace for Physics is the one you are most successful and comfortable with. While classes can be sequential, there is no rush. The laws of physics are rather constant.
  • KurisuMakiseKurisuMakise Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    They do support me going to college. I suppose they think that college is one of those things you just do yourself. I've been applying to places recently.

    Thank you for the advice.

  • gearmomgearmom Registered User Posts: 3,127 Senior Member
    College was very different in the 70s and 80s. You COULD figure it out yourself. Have you filled out your FASFA and taken your full Freshmen $5500. You will need a job to pay for Shepherd, which is a very reasonably priced school. Can you commute to WVU if you transfer later on?
  • KurisuMakiseKurisuMakise Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    I have filled out my FAFSA. And what do you mean by taken my full freshman 5000? Unfortunately commuting to WVU is not an option, as I live about 2 hours away.
  • gearmomgearmom Registered User Posts: 3,127 Senior Member
    edited May 2017
    Sorry, I meant your full $5500 Stafford loan. If you take community college classes and don't need to full $5500 the first year, don't decline any portion but take it all and save the difference for your junior and senior year. Can you commute to Shepherd?

    It looks as though you will need to find a way to WVU since physics is not a major at Shepherd.
  • KurisuMakiseKurisuMakise Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    No, I have not taken out my loan yet. I can indeed commute to Shepherd. I realize that Shepherd does not offer a Physics major. At Shepherd, I plan to major in Biology. I believe Biology related courses will help when I take the MCAT to get into medical school.
  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone Registered User Posts: 15,163 Senior Member
    At this point, your best chance at aid is through Shepherd College. They give both need based aid and merit aid. Honestly, both are a long shot as your gpa is not at the top of its scale, and you said your family doesn't have a need (over $100k at a state school is not usually going to result in need based aid).

    Go and talk to the people in financial aid. They might be willing to exclude your early grades and that might qualify you for merit. You'll get nothing if you don't try.
  • KurisuMakiseKurisuMakise Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    I plan on consulting the financial aid office within the week, as my guidance counselor recommended it. Thank you so much for your input and advice
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