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Good public schools with great financial aid for OOSers?


Replies to: Good public schools with great financial aid for OOSers?

  • ReappeaRReappeaR Registered User Posts: 26 New Member
    @mamag2855 : Thank you for the info! I am looking at a few private colleges but they tend to be more competitive.

    @ucbalumnus : I'm aware of that, I'm keeping a watch out for that.

    @mom2collegekids : Thank you for the information concerning U-dub and UCLA! I want to go into cyber-security and I'm seeking a computer science degree.
  • WayOutWestMomWayOutWestMom Registered User Posts: 8,856 Senior Member
    edited June 18

    UNM's Amigo Scholarship for OOS students: https://scholarship.unm.edu/scholarships/non-resident.html

    Pays $14987 towards OOS tuition plus $200/year stipend for expenses (basically gives you in-state tuition rates)

    Minimum requirements: ACT 23 (SAT 1130) and a 3.5 GPA OR ACT 26 (1240 SAT) and a 3.0 GPA. (GPAs are unweighted)

    Renewable for 4 years with 3.0 GPA taking 15 credits hours each semester enrolled.

    UNM also participates in the WUE (Western Undergraduate Exchange program). See:Western Undergraduate Exchange Program Computer science is an eligible major.

    WUE students pay 1.5 times the resident rate on tuition. WUE Plus students pay in-state residents rate for tuition.

    Instate tuition & fees -- $6950 (2 semesters)
    Room &board (traditional dorm) -- $9472 (2 semesters


    Another school to consider for comp sci that is WUE eligible is NM Tech--small engineering school in Socorro, NM.


    Tech Competitive Scholarship for OOS freshmen-- Pay in-state tuition & fee rates plus a $700/year stipend

    Minimum requirements: ACT 27 or SAT 1280 plus 3.25 unweighted GPA.

    NM TECH WUE scholarship--pay 1.5 times NM resident rate for tuition & fees

    Minimum requirements: 23 ACT or 1130 SAT plus 3.0 unweighted GPA

    Tech instate tuition & fees--$7184 (2 semesters)
    Room & board -- $8202 (2 semesters)

    Both UNM and NM Tech have good comp sci departments and both send student interns to the National Labs (Sandia National Lab in ABQ, Los Alamos National Lab in Los Alamos), the AF Engineering Lab on Kirtland Base (ABQ) and White Sands Missile Test Range (Alamogordo)

    SNL has a robust cybersecurity research program--http://www.sandia.gov/careers/career_possibilities/cyber_security.html

    So does LANL--http://csr.lanl.gov

  • ReappeaRReappeaR Registered User Posts: 26 New Member
    @WayOutWestMom : Wow! Thanks for all the info. I'll consider them.
  • WayOutWestMomWayOutWestMom Registered User Posts: 8,856 Senior Member
    edited June 19
    I just noticed your stats. You'd be eligible for the UNM Regents' Scholarship for OOS students.

    Requires a 31 ACT and 3.9 GPA.

    The Regents is more than a full ride. Value $18, 337/year. Full in-state tuition & fees (OOS differential is waived), full room & board and ~$2000 for personal expenses, books, travel.

    Regent Scholars get all kinds of special perks--special housing, early course registration, special seminars. personal mentoring by faculty.

    3.3 GPA required to maintain the scholarship, and there is a community service is requirement. (10 hours/year)

    UNM Regent Scholar Handbook
  • TheGreyKingTheGreyKing Registered User Posts: 968 Member
    I am curious why you are focused on public colleges. Public schools have great rates for in-state students. But if you are looking out of state anyway, your best bargain may be at a private college! Many private colleges have great financial aid for a student at your income level. You might end up paying less at a private college than you would at your in-state public college, and it is probable that you would pay less at a private college than at a public college for which you are an out-of-state student.

    You might want to look at which colleges meet demonstrated need, and see which would be at a good selectivity level for you as well as a good fit for what you want your college experience to be like.
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 32,006 Senior Member
    Private colleges that 'meet need'actually WANT more students from oos. As a high stats student from Nevada (an under represented state) you will be in high demand.

    First, look at Questbridge. Definitely apply. If selected, they guarantee a 4-year, full ride to a top college. All colleges that promise this are 'reaches' and ALL are elite. No matter where you end up you'll have challenging classes, outstanding professors, and a great network.

    Second, look at UMDCP AND UMDBC, see if you meet their criteria for merit aid.

    Third, focus on 'meet need'colleges not on Questbridge. A really good one for you would be Georgetown but you need to have three subject tests - contact your gc to get your fee waivers and register for the August tests, picking your top three subjects. English literature is an easy one to choose if you don't have three favorites.

    Fourth, get a Fiske guide from your public library and start reading. Write down all universities and LACs that around good to you. An advantage to LACs is that there's no pre selection for CS.

    Fifth, read the website 'essay hell' and see if specialists on this website would be okay reading your essays.
  • thumper1thumper1 Registered User Posts: 63,988 Senior Member
    Sixth....consider those scholarships in NM.
  • AlbionGirlAlbionGirl Registered User Posts: 817 Member
    Colleges offering financial aid will also look at your parents assets. You should check with them to see if they have savings outside of their qualified retirement accounts.
  • thumper1thumper1 Registered User Posts: 63,988 Senior Member
    @AlbionGirl this student says in me is less than $30,000 a year. It is very possible that this student qualifies for an auto $0 EFC per fafsa...and if so...assets would not be included...at all.
  • AlbionGirlAlbionGirl Registered User Posts: 817 Member

    If OP qualifies for auto $0 that's great...but as we have often seen on CC the student doesn't always know the full picture with regard to parental finances. It's better to check before finalizing a list IMO.
  • sybbie719sybbie719 Super Moderator Posts: 20,917 Super Moderator
    Op states that his family income is 30K after taxes?
    What is the before tax income?
    Are your parents business owners?
    Do your parents own any real estate outside of your primary home?
    are your parents married to each other?
    How many other siblings will be attending college when you enter college?
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