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Merit Scholarships

chri55555chri55555 Registered User Posts: 31 Junior Member
Hi! I recently received a 1430 on my sat. What colleges would give me the highest merit scholarship? Thanks in advance!
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  • SJ2727SJ2727 Registered User Posts: 1,579 Senior Member
    What state are you in?
    Alabama would give $26k per year to OOS
    https://scholarships.ua.edu/types/out-of-state.php
  • Trixy34Trixy34 Registered User Posts: 1,155 Senior Member
    What kind of school are you looking for? What part of the country?
  • intparentintparent Registered User Posts: 36,734 Senior Member
    What you want is the lowest cost of attendance (if one school gives you $20K but costs $65K, and another gives you $10K off a $40K cost - you’re better off financially in that case at the school with the lower merit award).

    Here is a useful thread: https://talk.collegeconfidential.com/financial-aid-scholarships/1678964-links-to-popular-threads-on-scholarships-and-lower-cost-colleges.html#latest

    Look at your in-state public colleges, and any states with reciprocity or agreements like the WUE.
  • chri55555chri55555 Registered User Posts: 31 Junior Member
    I am from Illinois. Thanks for the reply!
  • chri55555chri55555 Registered User Posts: 31 Junior Member
    The type of school does not matter to me nor does the place. I am very open!
  • intparentintparent Registered User Posts: 36,734 Senior Member
    What do you want to major in? Are you eligible for need based aid (what is your financial situation)? What is your unweighted GPA?
  • chri55555chri55555 Registered User Posts: 31 Junior Member
    I am undecided what to major in but I’m leaning towards mathematics as of right now! At the time I go to college, my family will have three kids in college however our financial situation isn’t bad enough to get any substantial amounts of money off. My unweighted gpa is a 3.7 weighted is a 4.7
  • CollegelkCollegelk Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. It has generous merit aid and strong students attend.
  • LonghaulLonghaul Registered User Posts: 2,744 Senior Member
    @chri55555 , any chance of NMF?

    ^^Trinity in San Antonio was one of my favorite visits! Ursinus College in PA is currently giving $35k/yr and smaller scholarships stack on top.

    The bigger issue is to focus on what you want with Math. Many LACs will give big money for your score, but, if you want pure math, a large university with breadth and depth of math choices will be better.

    If you are good in Math, but don't wish to go into research, consider finance, actuarial or economics.
  • intparentintparent Registered User Posts: 36,734 Senior Member
    How much can your family actually pay?
  • moooopmoooop Registered User Posts: 2,184 Senior Member
    Fla State might be real cheap (you'd prob pay in-state rate). Texas Tech would prob cover all tuition if you are in top 10% of your class. Oklahoma State & Nebraska would be reasonable.
  • chri55555chri55555 Registered User Posts: 31 Junior Member
    No chance of NMF. My parents will not pay anything above 20,000 a year.
  • ufalumn1997ufalumn1997 Registered User Posts: 154 Junior Member
    I would narrow down what you are looking for. I'm assuming you are a junior. You will start getting a ton of emails from schools. Once you pass 1400, email blows up. You have to decide in state/out of state, public/private, small/big, and other factors. Create a list of schools you would consider. Then research. then research some more.

    Some out of state schools will give you out of state tuition waiver, some will do that plus merit.

    Does your state have a tuition program like Fl and GA?

    Private schools have been very generous to us, but not enough for my son to turn down an in state option. If your family can pay 20,000 a year for you then you will have options my son didn't have!

    One thing I learned as a first time parent going through this with my son....getting into some schools is hard enough...expecting substantial merit or merit is the next hurdle. It is painful when you get in somewhere amazing but can't afford it (trust me son feels this way about duke). There are schools that you will meet the 75th percentile, but still not get in...I don't know of any kid that didn't get at least one rejection. I know some very high performing kids that got rejected from all schools since they only applied to Top20.



  • chri55555chri55555 Registered User Posts: 31 Junior Member
    I’m thinking out of state, big public university. 20,000 is very lenient. I’d prefer to pay 15,000 however if I fell in love with a school around 20,000 a year i would consider it.
  • PurpleTitanPurpleTitan Registered User Posts: 12,608 Senior Member
    Look at Mizzou. Also Truman St.
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