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Why High School Senior Year Matters for College Financial Aid

Dave_BerryDave_Berry CC Admissions Expert Posts: 2,376 Senior Member
"Alerting a prospective college about an applicant's improved grades could mean more scholarship money." ...

https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/paying-for-college/articles/2017-05-31/why-high-school-senior-year-matters-for-college-financial-aid

Replies to: Why High School Senior Year Matters for College Financial Aid

  • CourtneyThurstonCourtneyThurston Registered User Posts: 1,258 Senior Member
    The more annoying thing about the article is that it makes it sound like it was a function of the many phone calls rather than the better GPA and test scores, which is probably more of the reason for the better package.
  • ReidIsLovelyReidIsLovely Registered User Posts: 22 New Member
    So lets say I had a 3.0 average for the years 9-11th, and all of a sudden I get a 4.0+ in senior year, then would that help with the financial aid, because I went from a 3.0 to a 4.0. (Hypothetically speaking)
  • kelsmomkelsmom Super Moderator Posts: 14,619 Super Moderator
    Not at any of the schools where I have worked in financial aid. Most schools don't look at that sort of thing. If there are automatic scholarships based on grades, the senior year grades could possibly bump a student up to a better scholarship amount.
  • 1966Parent1966Parent Registered User Posts: 90 Junior Member
    I agree grades matter - but from my kids experience test scores appeared to delivery more merit money than anything.
  • romanigypsyeyesromanigypsyeyes Registered User Posts: 33,027 Senior Member
    I really feel for the FA offices who might get multiple, useless phone calls because of this article.
  • Otter517Otter517 Registered User Posts: 70 Junior Member
    In the narrative they told in the beginning of the article it sounded like the mother was doing all of the work. Wouldn't you're chances of getting more money go up if the student did the searching themselves? As a show of assertiveness and independence?
  • xxjetsfanxxxxjetsfanxx Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
  • mommdcmommdc Registered User Posts: 9,368 Senior Member
    UA Huntsville is one school where you can submit higher test scores and GPA during senior year, and possibly get more merit.

    And I think Temple accepts updated test scores up until a specific deadline.

    I think the student should ask the school if merit is determined based on junior year grades and test scores submitted at the time of application, or if the award can be adjusted later based on senior year grades or scores.
  • mommdcmommdc Registered User Posts: 9,368 Senior Member
    UAH's policy as quoted from link below:

    https://www.uah.edu/admissions/undergraduate/financial-aid/scholarships
    The award amount is based on GPA and the highest composite ACT and/or SAT scores from one test sitting. UAH will take the highest score from any one test sitting until August 1 of your entering year, so make sure to send your scores if you take the ACT or SAT multiple times. If your GPA increases once we receive your final transcript and it puts you in a higher scholarship bracket, we will automatically upgrade your scholarship.


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