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Need Merit Advice


Replies to: Need Merit Advice

  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 41,225 Senior Member
    Run the NPC on WWU and WSU, Whitman, Lewis&Clark - they may reward you for your SAT score. Participate in scholarship competitions at UPuget Sound and USeattle.
  • bopambobopambo Registered User Posts: 1,294 Senior Member
    Are you the first in your family to go the college? That would probably be advantageous for you, lots of colleges are interested in getting more economic and cultural diversity on their campuses, your background and test scores should be a big plus for you. Your grades aren't bad. Will your parents be willing to fill out the forms you'll need to apply for financial aid? FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the federal form you'll need completed. You should be eligible for federal loans as well as tuition reduction from the college. Federal loans are capped at a certain level according to your year in college, I think freshman are capped at $5,500 per year in loans and then more aid is often provided by offering work/study jobs during the school year. The college may give you considerably more in reduced tuition, but usually not reduced to zero. And consider expenses such as books and living costs. If you commute to school and have a part time job throughout, you may be able to make it. As MYOS1634 pointed out there are scholarship competitions that schools offer to students who excel in certain areas, these will be unique to each college so look on the websites for more information. Communities and organizations often have scholarship competitions for local students, you can see your high school counselor for information about those. In fact, I think you should go discuss all these things with your guidance counselor at school, he/she may have some good ideas. There are many ways to get a college education and you will need to be creative in pursuing your dream. Your grades and test scores indicate you have a good intellect and resilience, those attributes will help you figure this out. Do you have a family friend or relative who knows about college admissions and can offer some help in figuring things out?
  • bopambobopambo Registered User Posts: 1,294 Senior Member
    Just read the info other posters have given about UT Dallas, definitely check that out!
  • nusernamenusername Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Thanks for all the great advice! I'll definitely be looking into UTD and some of the other options. If anyone thinks of other suggestions I'm always open :)
  • JimQPublicJimQPublic Registered User Posts: 36 Junior Member
    @nusername Just because your family income is above Pell grant cutoff doesn't mean you wouldn't qualify for substantial financial aid. This is especially true for private colleges with large financial endowments. When you find a college of interest, run the Net Price Calculator (NPC) on the school website using your family's real financial data.
  • txstellatxstella Registered User Posts: 1,055 Senior Member
    Did you take the PSAT? If you didn’t qualify for NMSF, what about the National Hispanic Recognition Program?
    The University of Nebraska, Arizona State, the University of Arizona and the University of Kentucky have generous NHRP scholarships. You can take out a total of $27,000 in loans over 4 years. Ask your parents if they can pay $5,000 per year.
  • 3scoutsmom3scoutsmom Registered User Posts: 5,719 Senior Member
  • bopambobopambo Registered User Posts: 1,294 Senior Member
    3scoutsmom, wow, that's great info! Thanks, I learned some valuable new information.
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