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What are my chances of getting significant merit aid?
I am going into my senior year and beginning my college applications, but a lot of the schools are very expensive. In the past, my siblings have received minimal financial aid, so that is not really an option and we don't have a lot saved up. I am hoping to get merit aid from some of the colleges I'm applying to. My SAT score is a 1530 and I have a 4.45 weighted GPA. So far, I have taken 5 AP's and have taken the exam for all of them. AP Government (5), AP US History (4), AP Lang (4), AP World (3), and AP Psych (5). This year I am taking AP Stat, AP Environmental Science, and AP Physics as well as 4 dual enrollment classes. I have been doing dual enrollment since my sophomore year and am on track to graduate high school with an AA degree. I don't have a lot of strong leadership extracurriculars, but I run Cross-country in the fall (team captain) and track in the winter and spring. I am also the editor of my school's newspaper, in addition to a few other minor clubs. I also work a part-time job 15-20 hours a week. My most impressive activity is probably an internship at the Maryland State's Attorney's office I will be doing this fall. The colleges I am applying to are Vanderbilt University, Emory University, Villanova University, American University, Tulane University, University of Maryland College Park, St. Joeseph's University, Widener University, and Washington College. What kind of merit aid do you think I could receive from these schools, and do I have any chance of a full ride? I am a white female.11 replies