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Merit for Lopsided Students

eastCoastMom!eastCoastMom! Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
Any suggestions for merit at larger public universities for a student with gpa < 3.0 and act >29

Replies to: Merit for Lopsided Students

  • thumper1thumper1 Registered User Posts: 72,248 Senior Member
    Which “larger public university” are you asking about?

    In the vast majority of cases, merit award is based on a combination of a certain GPA threshold AND a SAT or ACT score.

    A <3.0 GPA would likely not make this student eligible for merit aid at most college. This means the performance is actually below a B average.
  • taverngirltaverngirl Registered User Posts: 534 Member
    My daughter got lots of merit ($20-30K) with a sub 3.0 GPA and a 31 ACT. She had a 2.9uw and a 3.7w. However she applied to mostly LACs (Allegheny, Dickinson, Gettysburg, St. Lawrence, Susquehanna, SIena)

    What about UMaine? She'd pay your instate uni tuition there.
  • thumper1thumper1 Registered User Posts: 72,248 Senior Member
    edited December 5

    Is >3.0 your kid’s weighted GPA?

    How much above 29 is the ACT score.

    @taverngirl many schools use weighted GPA especially of that is what is reported on the transcript...therefore, your kid’s GPA was likely viewed as 3.7 which is way better than <3.0
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