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Potential for Full Rides Up North?

rinneterestingrinneteresting Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
Hey! I am currently a high school junior and I have begun the college search recently. Right now I have a 32 ACT, 1400 PSAT, and about a 4.23 GPA– though I plan to raise these numbers– and with this in mind I know I'm able to achieve a full ride at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, a school within my state that my sister already goes to. I know this school could be a safe back up school; however, I really want to attend a college outside of my state, preferably up north if possible. Despite this, I know that if I currently have a full ride in the south and I would have to pay tuition for a college in my preferred region, I would end up going to the school in the south based of off financial needs. So, this brings me to my question: do any of y'all know of colleges up north who could potentially offer a full ride or full tuition scholarship to someone with my scores or close to it considering I am planning on raising my scores even more to meet these requirements? Thanks!
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Replies to: Potential for Full Rides Up North?

  • thumper1thumper1 Registered User Posts: 69,885 Senior Member
    I live in the northeast. I don’t know of any college with guaranteed merit aid based on stats.

    The private schools in this part of the country are pricey. Some don’t offer merit aid at all.

    The public universities vary in cost to OOS students. Some offer merit aid to OOS students and some don’t.

    How much can your family actually pay per year? Anything?
  • rinneterestingrinneteresting Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    My family is able to pay but they would A) rather I not take out any loans and B) rather me go wherever I am getting the most money possible, as in going to a university where I am offered a full ride rather than a place where I'd still have to pay 30K a year :/
  • thumper1thumper1 Registered User Posts: 69,885 Senior Member
    Look at the SUNY schools. They have favorable OOS costs for students.
  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston Registered User Posts: 13,780 Senior Member
    You will not get a full ride at any college in the northeast. At best you may get full tuition at a less selective college.
  • lyndonwslyndonws Registered User Posts: 15 Junior Member
    First ...why North? Snowboarding/Skiing? Career interest?
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama Posts: 83,650 Forum Champion
    The north is not the place to look for huge merit scholarships
  • BrianBoilerBrianBoiler Registered User Posts: 344 Member
    Many people equate North to the Northeast. The north, for those who are geographically challenged also includes places not in the EST timezone.

    There are private schools in Indiana that I know for sure give substantial merit aid. I suspect as you go from Ohio to California westward, you may find some substantial merit at some schools that are private in nature.

    My oldest was offered 1/2 tuition at Taylor (we are in PA), which was about $18k/year for his GPA and SAT scores. Just one example, but the only one I know of, but if they do that, I am fairly certain others do as well.
  • thumper1thumper1 Registered User Posts: 69,885 Senior Member
    @rinneteresting

    There are some colleges in the upper plains states...North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana where you might find some decent merit aid.

    Could you maybe define what you mean by “north”?
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama Posts: 83,650 Forum Champion
    edited May 16
    Many people equate North to the Northeast. The north, for those who are geographically challenged also includes places not in the EST timezone.

    Lol...I’m not geographically challenged but just used to students from other regions wanting colleges in the northeast region.
    Yes, north could mean all states in the northern region of the US

    My family is able to pay but they would A) rather I not take out any loans and B) rather me go wherever I am getting the most money possible, as in going to a university where I am offered a full ride rather than a place where I'd still have to pay 30K a year


    To the Student....How much will the family pay each year? What do you need the net costs to be?

    If you got a free tuition scholarship who would pay for the rest? The rest would be about $15-$20,000 a year

    What is the major and career goal?


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  • rinneterestingrinneteresting Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    Just where I want to move in the future, college would be a good trial run to see if I like it!
  • Erin's DadErin's Dad Super Moderator Posts: 35,494 Super Moderator
    You would likely get in-state tuition at the smaller public Us in OH. (Akron, Toledo, Cleveland, etc)
  • DustyfeathersDustyfeathers Registered User Posts: 2,650 Senior Member
    edited May 16
    There are some privates that may give you good merit.

    If you're male or female, look at
    - Muhlenberg (a nice happy school)
    - Hobart and William Smith
    - Allegheny
    - Earlham--a nice school with great academics, 800 acre campus, and lots of heart
    - Connecticut College
    - Wheaton in Massachusetts
    - Drew University
    - St. Olaf -- excellent school with great aid
    - Lewis and Clark
    - Drake
    - St. Lawrence in NY
    - Lawrence in Wisconsin
    - Beloit
    - Marquette
    - University of the Pacific
    - Willamette
    - Wagner
    - Manhattanville
    - Manhattan
    - Pace
    - Syracuse
    - Bard
    - Susquehanna
    - Hampshire (consortium with UMass Amherst, Amherst, Smith, Mt. Holyoke)
    - Green Mountain college is offering a full scholarship -- http://www.greenmtn.edu/sustainabilityscholarship/

    The Webb Institute has no tuition.

    The service academies have no tuition (West Point, Annapolis, Coast Guard Academy)

    Cooper Union I hear is going back to its no tuition policy, but you may need to check that to be sure.

    U of Maine at Orono has tuition-matching program and some nice areas of study. ABET accredited engineering with coops for example. Also an airport in Bangor/Orono region. It's also really pretty.

    If you're female -- Look at the women's colleges that offer merit + need--
    - Bryn Mawr -- consortium with Haverford, Swarthmore, UPenn
    - Mt. Holyoke -- consortium with Smith, Hampshire, Amherst, UMass Amherst
    - Smith -- consortium with Mt Holyoke, Hampshire, Amherst, UMass Amherst
    - Mills
    - Wellesley
    - Simmons has really good merit and is part of a consortium in Boston


  • rinneterestingrinneteresting Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    Not sure if I'm doing these replies right (I'm not too familiar with this site) but @mom2collegekids : my family is not unwilling to pay anything at all- for example, my sister has a full ride at her college but due to her sorority and other various fees they pay about $9,000 each year for her. I'm not too sure what the cutoff would be for how much they are willing to pay, but I know loans are out of the question so they would have to do it on their own. Lastly, the major would probably be biology since I would be going into med school for a future in medicine! Thanks for your help!
  • DustyfeathersDustyfeathers Registered User Posts: 2,650 Senior Member
    Union College in Schenectady has great aid, but I'm not sure how much is merit.
  • thumper1thumper1 Registered User Posts: 69,885 Senior Member
    @rinneteresting

    Let’s try again....where in the “north” would you like to be?

    Boston, Burlington, Seattle, Portland...Merit aid in these places will be challenging.

    Or...North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Utah? You might be better off looking for merit aid in these places.

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