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Applying To Out Of State Public Schools

user4321user4321 Registered User Posts: 131 Junior Member
I have learned so much from the friendly contributors here at CC. So I have managed to figure out that the published cost of a private school can sometimes be reduced for a high achieving applicant. Likewise for our in-state public schools but probably considerably less since the price is lower to start with. But I am confused about applying to out of state public schools. Their published prices often exceed what we might be expecting to pay at a private school that offers merit aid making them not very attractive without a grant of some kind. Should I just scratch all public out of state schools off the list? I'm leaning in that direction. It would be a big waste of everyone's time to apply to expensive schools that we know in advance are not going to provide any assistance. How could I find out which, if any, out of state public universities would possibly offer some kind of merit scholarship funds such that I might want to consider applying?
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Replies to: Applying To Out Of State Public Schools

  • Erin's DadErin's Dad Super Moderator Posts: 35,435 Super Moderator
    Some public Us give grants that allow higher performing students to pay in-state rates. Others (UCB and UCLA) do not. As to how to find out, look at the pinned threads at the top of this forum. You'll have to verify if the info is still accurate but it will give you a start. I know the non-flagship Ohio schools give grants to OOS students.
  • user4321user4321 Registered User Posts: 131 Junior Member
    A lot to process in the pinned threads here. How would you suggest that I go about verifying that what I'm seeing is current? Could I just call the admissions office on the phone?
  • brantlybrantly Registered User Posts: 2,808 Senior Member
    Look at website of each school you are interested in. If you call, they'll simply refer you to website. Easiest way is to google "name of school" + "merit aid."

    Are you seeking need-based aid as well?
  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston Registered User Posts: 13,621 Senior Member
    Or you can go to the financial aid page of each school's website and see what merit aid, if any, is offered to OOS applicants.
  • MA2012MA2012 Registered User Posts: 1,114 Senior Member
    Some schools offer merit (auto or competitive) to out of state students. A few examples - Alabama has auto merit. Oklahoma, Kentucky and UT Dallas have NMF money. There are others - just some to start.
  • user4321user4321 Registered User Posts: 131 Junior Member
    edited July 10
    Not seeking need-based aid. So everything I need to know will be spelled out somewhere in the school's web site and whatever is not there is just not available? That's is certainly the most straightforward although the sites can sometimes be difficult to find things.
  • WISdad23WISdad23 Registered User Posts: 928 Member
    This is a thread that discusses your subject:

    https://talk.collegeconfidential.com/parents-forum/52133-schools-known-for-good-merit-aid-p1.html

    You are generally correct though. Most state schools are subsidized so that in-state students pay a lower cost. The only reason for the state school to accept out of state students (generally) is to generate more money to subsidize the in-state students. The pricing of public universities makes them a bargain for full pay students relative to full pay private schools. The state schools are not attractive to out of state student seeking financial or merit aid. There are some exceptions (e.g. Alabama) discussed in the long thread above.
  • cfsnowycfsnowy Registered User Posts: 61 Junior Member
    Some state schools offer reciprocity to neighboring states: sometimes it's in-state tuition, sometimes it's 150%, but less than full out-of-state tuition. It's pretty clear on the websites. Some of the PASSHE schools do this, as well as a bunch of schools in the midwest. And there's something called a WUE agreement out west.
  • bobo44bobo44 Registered User Posts: 99 Junior Member
    D18 got offered nice merit money to U of Iowa, Nebraska(Lincoln) and Miami U (Ohio). Nothing much from Indiana, Minnesota, or UIUC. Tippy top scores have a chance at merit from Indiana, Michigan, Ohio. Forget about Wisconsin (Madison).
  • user4321user4321 Registered User Posts: 131 Junior Member
    edited July 10
    Got it. Our state schools are fine for state schools. Just wanted to check if I was missing something. There are a couple oos public schools we might consider paying full price for if we got admitted but even that probably won't make make the cut. Wisconsin is not on the list
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  • user4321user4321 Registered User Posts: 131 Junior Member
    Thanks WISdad23. This link is exactly what I'm looking for
  • austinmshauriaustinmshauri Registered User Posts: 6,987 Senior Member
    Have you tried running the Net Price Calculator for each school? That should give you an idea.
  • user4321user4321 Registered User Posts: 131 Junior Member
    edited July 10
    Thanks austinmshauri. The NPCs are much more helpful than I had originally thought now that I figured out how to streamline the data entry and run it for schools that I already know are looking to provide some kind of assisstance.
  • momocarlymomocarly Registered User Posts: 532 Member
    I know Kansas State has very good auto OOS merit. It brought our costs way down plus departmental scholarships on top of that. They were easily found on their Financial page. We found the same at Auburn, Colorado State (not as good), and Mississippi State.
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